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Watch this video and learn what is TMS or Translation Management System using… Factorio! 🎮 Get ready to level up your knowledge of the localization industry!

Localization Explained is a series from Localization Academy in which we explain localization concepts using video games. Join us on this journey and discover how your favorite games can help you learn a thing or two about localization 😎 


What’s a translation management system or TMS, let’s take Factorio as an example, when you start in the game, what you’re doing is you’re mining the resources manually, then you want to smell them somewhere. And eventually you take it to the factory, and maybe you start doing research. The problem is if you have to manually transported resources from one place to another, of course, that’s not what factorial is about factorial is teaching us to automate the whole production cycle and create this nice production lines. So that’s when you start creating belts and inserters to do the work for you. So as the resources get mine, they get automatically placed on the belts and the belts move them to another station where they get smelted. And then they go into the factory and then maybe into your research labs. And essentially, that is what a translation management system is about. So what it does for localization is is that you create your projects in these TMS platforms. And you select the workflow that you want your project to go through, which is really like the different stations in Factorio. And then you just hit a button, and then it goes automatically to all the different translators, and it was the translators finished their work, it goes to the reviewers, and maybe it then goes to some other place or person and then it comes to you once it’s fully translated and reviewed.

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