Online game Among the United States gets Irish language version
The popular online game, Among Us, has been translated into the Irish language.
Creators Innersloth worked with a small group of Irish gamers to translate the social deduction game.
The initiative was prompted by a 2020 tweet sent by Irish speaker Úna-Minh Kavanagh asking for the game to be available in Irish.
Callum Underwood, on behalf of Innersloth, contacted Ms. Kavanagh and the translation process among the United States began. Mr. Underwood is a director of Robot Teddy who represents Innersloth in business and production,
Ms Kavanagh worked with fellow Irish language enthusiasts Brian C Mac Giolla Mhuire, Cormac Cinnsealach and Mike Drinkwater to translate the game.
In the first five months of 2021, the team of Irish speakers – from Ireland, Canada and New Zealand – combined their love of languages, culture and of course video games to create this version of Among Us.
“We are very grateful to Robot Teddy and Innersloth for giving us this opportunity to introduce Irish to the world,” said Ms Kavangh.
Victoria Tran, Community Manager for Among Us, said: “Working with the Irish translators was great – they were professional and very enthusiastic about the work! We’re so excited that with their help we can bring an Irish version of Among Us to the world.
“Born and raised as I was in Canada when I started learning Irish, I found it difficult as there were few resources available. This lack led me to translate games into Irish for training, with the advantage that once translated, I could then play them in Irish, ”said Brian Mac Giolla Mhuire.
“Games have long been a hobby for me, and I think it’s a great way to encourage the use of the language – it would be great to have a variety of games available, but to have a As accessible and widely played game as Among Us available as Gaeilge, this is now what I would call a step in the right direction, ”he said.
“Irish is a language with a large and growing minority, but it is ignored in mainstream affairs, especially in the case of modern technology and media. Among Us’s translation is the first significant Irish translation ever for a very popular game. It is a cultural victory for the Irish community, ”said Mr. Cinnsealach.
Commenting on the collaboration, Mr Underwood said: “I can definitely see us working together in the future, the whole process has gone really well. I think what Úna-Minh and her colleagues are doing for the Irish language is amazing.
Among Us was first published in 2018, but became extremely popular during the Covid-19 lockdown around the world. Among Us is playable on iPhone but also on Nintendo Switch, Xbox for PC, and soon on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Other games that have Irish translations include Minecraft and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground