Nifty Games Inc., a mobile developer and publisher focused on quick-session, head-to-head, licensed sports games announced the formation of Nifty Games Chicago, a new development studio in Chicago, Illinois. The new studio marks their first internal development studio and will be led by David Michicich, a 25-year games industry veteran.
The creation of Nifty Games Chicago studio follows Nifty Games recent announcements that it is partnering with the National Football League (NFL), the NFL Player Association (NFLPA), National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), and THINK450 to bring authentic sports games to mobile.
Chicago offers the studio the ability to draw from the talent-rich game development pool with a history of sports game success. Chicago’s storied professional sports franchises such as the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox and Blackhawks create the perfect backdrop for the new development studio.
There may not be a better-suited city in the world to develop mobile-first, authentic sports games than Chicago. Nifty Games Chicago’s development team have worked together to build licensed sports games for decades, while also bringing additional extensive mobile free-to-play sports game expertise under the Nifty Games banner.Jon Middleton CEO of Nifty Games
General Manager, David Michicich has been in the video game business for over 25 years. He formerly co-founded sports game developer Robomodo and has held leadership roles at Electronic Arts, Studio Gigante & Reliance Entertainment. During his career, Mr. Michicich has worked on successful video game blockbuster franchises including Fight Night, Tony Hawk, and WWE Mayhem and Wrestlemania XXI. The experienced development team has made games across major sports licenses such as NBA, NFL, NCAA, MLB and WWE.
The opportunity to spearhead the Nifty Games Chicago studio is tremendous. The ability to start a studio with a group that has worked together for years, doing what we love, is incredibly unique. There is a deep pool of talented developers residing in Chicago who are truly passionate about sports. We aim to build the best sports-focused mobile studio to bring fun and competitive, mobile-first games to sports fans globally.Stated David Michicich
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