Chess.com Goes Global
Over the years, Chess.com has become a global phenomenon, with over 13 million members from all around the globe, continually growing in size every day.
We are dedicated to making Chess.com a global meeting place for chess lovers and enthusiasts where everyone is welcome, which inspired us to start perhaps the greatest project in our history – the translation of our web and mobile applications into 70 languages.
It all started about two years ago, when we started rebuilding Chess.com. We wanted to give our users a modern design with new features and we have been working hard to realize this goal.
Our mobile applications were the first to adopt the new design and we started our first translation project, Chess.com Mobile, in January 2014. We asked our users to fill out a short questionnaire and we handpicked only the best and the most passionate translators to participate in our projects.
Much like Chess.com, the translation project continually grew in size as we added new features to our applications. Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in the project, we quickly enabled several languages in our applications and the number of supported languages gradually increased, finally reaching 70 several months after the project had started.
A year later, the development of the new Chess.com website had progressed significantly and it was ready to be released into beta. At the same time, we decided to start our second translation project, Chess.com Web. We repeated the recruitment process to find additional people who would be willing to help us internationalize Chess.com. The project proved to be a massive undertaking, much larger than we could ever imagine, with over 500 people participating in total. We have faced many problems (e.g. coming up with new terms for features in different languages, supporting different grammar rules for different languages, fixing language-specific bugs, etc) but our project continues to progress.
Although the project has been very challenging, it has also been incredibly exciting and we are happy to announce that the new Chess.com website is now available in 33 languages, just four months since we started the project. You can access it and try out some of the languages by clicking on the "Try the new Chess.com!" button at the bottom of the website and selecting the preferred language in your settings.
We will continue to work hard to add new features and support additional languages and, in the meantime, we would like to thank everyone who was kind enough to help us so far.
Thank you for making our dream closer to reality!
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A "guest post" by Stefan Lučić, whom we thank sincerely for his tireless and ongoing efforts managing this most ambitious and vital project!