Q: What do you do?
A: Applanga provides a web translation management platform coupled with APIs and native SDKs to automate the game translation process for apps and games and therefore saves time and improves translation quality. As CTO, I’m overseeing the technical decisions and implementations and as Co-Founder, I’m planning the product road maps and next platforms for Applanga. Before founding Applanga, I worked many years as a game developer and still work on indie games in my spare time with the biggest focus on VR games.
Q: What makes you most excited for VR, AR and MR?
A: Instead of just looking through a keyhole VR provides the possibility to extend or even replace environments in fascinating ways. I was hooked on the possibilities seconds after I tried on the first oculus headset for the first time.
Q: What are your thoughts on the way the industry has grown in the last 12 months?
A: It is great to see that many big providers jumped on the VR train with a range of different headsets. Also, the prices for VR ready PCs dropped to a reasonable level, which is great. I had hopes Nintendo and Microsoft would come with VR solutions for the Xbox and the Switch, but I think that could be coming in the next year.
Q: What major trends do you predict for VR, AR and MR in the next 12 months?
A: I’m not good at predicting the future, but I think to bring VR to a wider gaming audience I highly hope there will be a proper VR solution for the Xbox and the Switch very soon so game developers can work on cross-console VR games.
Q: Which part of VR Connects/PGC San Francisco are you most looking forward to and why?
A: I’m always curious to see what indies come up with.
Don’t miss your chance to hear Römer explain the importance of translation to consumer uptake and how you can make the most of VR at VR Connects San Francisco. His session is at 16:15 on the 28th June 2017. Book your ticket now!
About The Speaker
Steffen Römer has over 15 years experience in web, app and game development and knows all issues that come with translating software first hand. After taking on leadership roles in several companies, Steffen is now CTO & Co-Founder of Applanga which provides innovative ways to automate the translation process for apps and games. He therefore has extensive experience in the design and development of cutting edge products and services. Steffen also loves games, is an indie game developer and has a high nerdiness for every new development in the VR space.
About VR Connects San Francisco 2017
More than 500 delegates from the VR, AR and MR industry will gather at San Francisco venue Bespoke on the 27th and 28th June 2017 for the first ever VR Connects San Francisco. Over the two days of the event, there will be 50 expert speakers addressing the key issues for the VR, AR and MR industry, from global trends and new tech to monetisation. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out – get yours now!