Side City Studios may sound more like a location from a Grand Theft Auto game than a casino software developer, but this Canadian company has been going strong since 1999.
You may be confused as to why you have not heard of a company that boasts nearly two decades of experience in the industry, but that is mainly due to the fact that Side City Studios has not really taken the leap into online casinos, favouring land-based games.
However, things can change quickly in the world of iGaming, and the acquisition of Side City Studios by NYX Gaming Group in 2015.
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The names that are under this group are a veritable who’s who of popular software providers, with the likes of Amaya, Aristocrat, and NextGen all being part of the stable.
This suggests that this quiet, unassuming software developer may become a name we are far more familiar with in coming years.
After the NYX takeover, there is limited information available on Side City’s history, because their website was closed down following the purchase.
Side City Studios still operates as an independent company, even under NYX, with a small, trusted group at its core, working on producing a small number of top quality games instead of producing frequent, and therefore inferior content.
Side City Studios specialises in 3D games, with HD graphics and three-dimensional animations that are as striking to look at, as they are fun to play.
The two titles released since the NYX takeover, Fortunes of the Amazons, and Egyptian Rise, both show a lot of promise, but time will tell as to whether the company can keep up the quality and develop a rich and diverse portfolio in the future.
Far from one of the biggest names in software development for the iGaming world, Side City Studios is still definitely one to watch.