Customer success storyHow Bigpoint achieved smooth continuous game localization using Git version control system and XTM Cloud

How Bigpoint achieved smooth continuous game localization using Git version control system and XTM Cloud

About the company

Bigpoint is a video game developer on a mission to create great games which are accessible to everyone. Founded in 2002, Bigpoint has challenged what’s technically and creatively possible in the gaming industry from day one, and continues to do so.

With a catalogue of games including Seafight, DarkOrbit Reloaded, Farmerama and Drakensang Online, Bigpoint has consistently brought innovative forms of gameplay to all types of players.

By building close relationships with their customers, they’ve invited them into the process and allowed them to help shape the future of the company.

Fast facts

Website URL:


Video game developer



Annual revenue:

$99.7 million

The challenge

Bigpoint develops online games which get continuously updated. In some cases, these updates can continue more than a decade after their launch. As such, Bigpoint wanted to be able to follow the continuous flow of translations of their most lasting products as localization is a key step in a game’s continuous development. Bigpoint needs to ensure that the process is smooth, quick, and error-free in order to deliver the best product to customers worldwide.

However, the traditional localization process being used meant this wasn’t possible. Bigpoint’s workflow included many manual steps, leading to lots of back-and-forth and slow turnaround times. The localization process for strings looked like this:

  1. The games team sent new content from SVN, their version control system, to a proprietary translation tool.

  2. The content was exported and sent to suppliers in XTM Cloud for translation.

  3. After being translated, the strings then had to be imported back to the game repository.

The whole process could end up taking days, with the export time alone equating to between two and four hours every time. This system also struggled to cope with the updates and regular changes which are commonplace in game-development projects, and continue even after the project release. The result was that many strings were outdated before their translation was even completed, making version control more complex.

The original process also led to a number of quality issues, such as:

  • Overlapping texts

  • Untranslated strings due to extraction issues

  • Inaccurate translations

All these problems had to be solved reactively, rather than being spotted and resolved earlier in the process, which took up yet more time. Long delays and quality issues meant it was difficult for Bigpoint to keep up with their games’ continuous updates.

Bigpoint’s key challenges:

Too many manual steps leading to slow turnaround times

Too many manual steps leading to slow turnaround times

Outdated content being sent for translation due to version control challenges

Outdated content being sent for translation due to version control challenges

Quality issues occurring because of the inability to get in-context previews

Quality issues occurring because of the inability to get in-context previews

The solution

Bigpoint recognized that they needed to move from a manual system to a Continuous Localization (CL) workflow for a quicker, more predictable system. In 2020, Bigpoint began using XTM Cloud and Github to manage their localization process. Thanks to XTM Cloud’s GitHub integration, Bigpoint was now able to send projects for translation in one easy step from their authoring tool.

Projects are created in XTM Cloud and content is sent automatically from Git. Bigpoint’s development teams make changes in their source text directly in their git repository and push their new or updated content to the master branch. That is where the magic happens! As soon as new or updated source text is pushed to master, the git connector recognizes it and automatically creates a new translation task containing only that selected text. It extracts corresponding strings from the source files and sends only those specific strings to XTM Cloud, making Bigpoint’s localization project managers’ work much easier, as well as the translators’. Once translations are finished, they’re transferred back to Git for publishing, and any changes are updated in real-time in both XTM Cloud and Git.

Key features Bigpoint used to achieve a CL workflow:


  • Unique string IDs which make ID-based matching possible, improving leverage and reuse, saving time and money.

  • Real-time updates for a single, continuous localization process enabled by the fact that XTM is a cloud-based solution.

  • XTM Connect for Git – QA search can be used to search inside XTM’s Connect’s user interface to view and display assets to edit.

  • XTM Connect for Git – QA task creation can collate individual strings from multiple assets/files held in Git into a single QA project in the XTM Connect user interface. Issues are resolved as soon as they appear.

The outcome

By implementing a continuous localization workflow, Bigpoint was able to design a smoother and quicker process, avoiding duplication and redundancy. This made the dream of continuous localization a reality, helping Bigpoint fulfil their mission of making great games accessible to everyone — in the right languages and at the highest quality.

Before the Git Connector was implemented, we were juggling between a lot of tools including the proprietary software where our texts were stored, the internal task management system, and XTM. The bottom line was that we were losing a lot of time processing every single translation task. And then came automation!”

Moving to a CL process has saved Bigpoint time, money, and stress. Previously, Bigpoint needed two-plus hours to create QA tasks. Now they do it in two minutes. The XTM Cloud Connect for Git means QA issues can be spotted earlier and resolved quickly, no longer requiring hours of manual work.

Overlapping text, untranslated strings and inaccurate translations have been hugely reduced by the use of the In-tool QA feature, resulting in higher quality translations and a better game experience for players. Using this feature also prevents duplicating work and translating redundant strings as the game evolves during the development process.

Using a CL workflow simplifies the process. Everything localization managers need is in one place: they can search the Git assets using word search or one or multiple string IDs without leaving the XTM Cloud platform. Changes are made in real-time and updated in both XTM Cloud and Git so there’s no need to painstakingly compare versions during QA.

The end result for Bigpoint is a process which:


  • Has fewer manual steps

  • Has the capacity to spot and resolve errors earlier

  • Is more streamlined and saves time

  • Consistently delivers accurate, high-quality translation

Using the Git version control system and XTM Cloud meant that Bigpoint were able to minimize errors, save on their overall localization costs, get their products to market faster and have peace of mind that every aspect of localization was covered.

Audrey Lepage, Senior Localization Project Manager, Bigpoint

The Git Connector was the missing link between our development teams and XTM Cloud. It led to greater automation by enabling our game teams to send us translation tasks containing all of their new content at the click of a button. Manually exporting and importing files is now a thing of the past!”

Audrey Lepage, Senior Localization Project Manager, Bigpoint

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