Derek Heemsbergen

Localization Editor

Hello! My name is Derek Heemsbergen, and I'm a writing and editing professional with over twelve years of experience working in the video game industry.

My body of work to date includes Japanese-to-English video game localization, hundreds of articles for three major gaming outlets, and professional copywriting experience in the private sector. As a critic, I aimed to go beyond surface-level analysis, leveraging an educational background in language and cultural awareness to produce nuanced critique. As an editor, I bring a keen eye for detail and an encyclopedic knowledge of video game history, conventions, and research-driven localization concepts to my projects. I'm also, like, funny and nice.

I am a graduate of the University of Arizona and hold Bachelor of Arts degrees in both East Asian Studies and Linguistics.


You can see what I've worked on by checking out my portfolio!