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Nifty Games Opens Up New Development Studio In Chicago

by Rainier on July 14, 2020 @ 5:27 a.m. PDT

Nifty Games announced the formation of its first internal development studio, Nifty Games Chicago,which will be led by 25-year games industry veteran David Michicich.

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 Nifty Games 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,” stated Jon Middleton, CEO of Nifty Games. “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.”

Nifty Games Chicago 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 Nifty Games Chicago 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,” stated Michicich. “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.”

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