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Here at East Side Games, we have a motto: Community is everything

Here at East Side Games, we have a motto: Community is everything. As an independent studio, one without publishers, we thrive on our fans and their support. It drives us every day and fuels our products. This explains the constant buzz of excitement in the studio since the launch of Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money. […] Read More »

Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money by East Side Games Launches Worldwide

  Vancouver, Canada – April 20th, 2017 – In what some are calling the most “Canadian collaboration ever”, East Side Games and The Trailer Park Boys have paired up to create an all-new mobile game with exclusive content and addicting, one-handed gameplay.   Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money is a tongue-in-cheek idle game where you […] Read More »

ESG In the Press – Business in Vancouver

In the battle for gaming business, Vancouver is about to ‘git gud’   With clinchers like talent, innovation and lifestyle, Vancouver is fast climbing the leaderboard to become the video game hub of Canada. As of 2015, 27.1% of video game firms were primarily located in BC, compared to Quebec with 29.4%. But, as the […] Read More »

A Letter From a Founder on Equality

After a very fiery vocal discussion about our health benefits forms in the office this morning, we (the entire studio) received an email from HR stating: Due to Jason Bailey’s passionate rant this morn about gender boxes on the benefit forms and forcing employees to state their sexual orientation by identifying their partner’s gender AND […] Read More »

#ESGcares – Crabtree Corner

    As with yesterday’s Valentine’s Day treats, we’ve been on a roll with our determination to be more active in our charitable mindset. . Every year around the Christmas holidays, with the help of our families, and friends, we raise money to support Crabtree. But in 2015, we decided to do something a little bit […] Read More »

#ESGcares – Valentines Day

There’s a reason why we are coined Eastside Games, and it’s because we are part of the Eastside in Vancouver (or DTES as it’s known). We live in it — a lot of us do, anyways –, we work in it, we love it, and we aren’t keen on turning a blind eye to the rest of […] Read More »

Vancouver Global Game Jam 2016

    Last weekend, into the wee hours, games were made. The Global Game Jam, is the largest event of it’s kind. It’s global! These “jams” are events where large groups of people gather in a central place to destroy the internet… I kid. Game Developers of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds gather to make […] Read More »

EAST SIDE GAMES – IN THE PRESS!

Vancouver Game Studio Spotlight: East Side Games   Rooted in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community since 2011, East Side Games is an independent game studio that knows what it’s about and loves what it does. Their flagship title “Pot Farm” garnered a huge fan base as a Facebook game, then made waves as “Pot Farm: Grass […] Read More »

Global Game Jam Van 2016 Kick-off Party!

Last year, our very own Josh Nilson (CEO) noticed an odd trend when stopping by the Global Game Jam Vancouver; there was a serious lack of local studio involvement. This year, we’re extremely proud to see that nearly the entire list of sponsors for the event are Vancouver Game Dev studios. Including us. We wanted […] Read More »

TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOBILE GAME – IN THE PRESS!

All the news are belong to us! Since we launched the announcement last Thursday about the TPB (Trailer Park Boys) game, we’ve had Android  Headlines, Touch Arcade, Mobile Syrup and Tech Vibes cover us in their articles! Read them here: This week in video games: November 2, 2015 – Georgia Straight East Side Games Working On Trailer […] Read More »

Press Release: Trailer Park Boys Mobile Game

VANCOUVER, October 22, 2015 – East Side Games is very proud to announce their next mobile title: Trailer Park Boys: The Mobile Game! For the first time ever… Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, along with all your favorite citizens of Sunnyvale have made it to the even smaller screen! Join the boys on a misguided mission to […] Read More »

ESG introduces the Outside Referrals Program

It’s a new season and I encourage you to encourage your friends to apply because we’ve just launched our Outside Referral program! Check out the full time permanent positions available here. If you know a friend, partner, classmate or someone who has a superb personality, is an avid player of video games and just kicks ass in general who’s […] Read More »

ESG Is a part of the Vancouver Climate Pledge at Climate Week NYC!

As an active supporter on reducing carbon footprints, the whole team at East Side Games has been making actions to help keep the planet healthy for generations to come. We are proud to announce that we’re one of the 10 companies and organizations that support the Vancouver Climate Pledge!!! Mayor Gregor Robertson announced today the launch of Vancouver’s […] Read More »

Hiring New Positions!

We are currently looking to recruit new faces in the office ! A Unity Engineer East Side Games has an immediate opening for a Software Engineer with Unity experience.  As our Unity Engineer, you’ll make use of your prior technical experience in game development in Unity3D to create multi-platform games for Android and iOS. You’ll work with […] Read More »

Idle Paws Kitty Clicker Update

Apple Store! After a little wait, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve launched Idle Paws build 1.2.10 on iOS devices in the AppStore. An update is already on the way to assist in catching up our iOS players with the current build out on the Google Play Store. Download Idle Paws iOS right now HERE. […] Read More »

East Side Games Stream On Twitch.tv

February 27th, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EAST SIDE GAMES STARTS EPIC TWITCH CHANNEL, INVOLVES FANS IN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS Going live on February 18th, 2015, Vancouver social games mainstay East Side Games have launched a dedicated channel on the video streaming service Twitch, with the purpose of doubling down on their commitment to being a transparent, […] Read More »

Pot Farm Board Game Available Online!

Wahoooooo!!! The Pot Farm Board Game is NOW AVAILABLE but only with a limited amount at Amazon! Our Kickstarter backers have been loving their games so far, so get yours now! We did a limited edition run, so get one before they sell out. Thanks again, have fun playing! Uncle Floyd and the Pot Farm gang […] Read More »

Pot Farm Board Game 2015 Shipping Update

Hello everyone! We want to thank you so much for being so patient! The board games have passed through customs and have arrived to our distributer safely on December 22nd!!! However, our fulfillment/distribution partner, Game Salute, has stopped operations until after they’ve returned from the holidays on January 5th. We expect them to mail you […] Read More »

East Side Games Sponsors Hat Jam 7: Meow Tales

  East Side Games was a proud sponsor of the 7th Hat Jam; Meow Tales. Hosted by VFS Game Design alumni, at the VFS Game Design campus, Hat Jam is a game jam where creative minds have 48-hours to make a game from start to finish. This time, they drew fairytale themes out of our magical hats! […] Read More »

Pot Farm Board Game Shipping Update

Here’s a quick update for everyone. We’ve been hard at work on making sure the board game and the rewards are assembled perfectly for all the backers. The printing and curing process of the board games are complete and they are on their way from China to the United States, but due to the congestion […] Read More »

Limited 2x Pot Farm Board Game Bundle

We’re pretty ecstatic to have our board game in production, it’s currently in the printing stage so they’re just around the corner until they arrive. In the meantime, we are having a sale for the next pre-ordered 30 Pot Farm board games! You’ll receive not 1, but 2 board games for $50 instead of $80. […] Read More »

Pot Farm On CTV

This morning CTV briefly mentioned Pot Farm the Board Game on their morning news segment! We’re still early on our Kickstarter campaign! Go help us reach our goal!     Read More »

Indie Art Concepts for Mighty Bots

    East Side Games has been working with Indie Artist Jesse Turner (@Jouste) to create some cool concept art for our latest game, Mighty Bots. Check out his amazing work:     Like what you see? Click here to play Mighty Bots! Read More »

East Side Games featured in CMC Magazine

  Here at ESG, we don’t limit what people can make. If people are the next Zuckerbergs, and you’re hiring these geniuses that want to go off and build their own company, you should be nurturing them, not restricting them. – Josh Nilson, CEO Check out the rest of the feature here. Read More »

East Side Games Studio Hosts IGDA

East Side Games was delighted to host Vancouver IGDA’s mixer at our studio on October 8th. Our studio was packed with passionate game devs from Vancouver! We gave out cute Dragon Up cookies and Jason Bailey gave a talk on Women in the Indie game industry. For the full story check out Geek Badge’s recap […] Read More »

Indie Power Parties

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a Indie Power Happy Hour with Facebook at PAX Dev 2013 this year down in Seattle at the same time as our Indie Power Happy Hour in Vancouver on Thursday August 29th. This exclusive party is open to anyone who RSVPs on our eventbrite page! […] Read More »

Help Aieron, Get PAX Ticket

We here at East Side Games was touched by Keith “Aieron” Knight‘s story of going to fulfill his dream in watching the League of Legend’s (LoL) World Championship in person. Keith has muscular dystrophy, but rather than letting that stop him, he’s an accomplished LoL player. He has raised awareness and funds for muscular dystrophy […] Read More »

The Gamesauce Behind Dragon Up and an Indie Prize Award

Full Article: Click Here Popular gaming site Gamesauce released a post-mortem story about the development behind Dragon Up. The article covers the game’s production and humble beginnings as well as dives deeper into the design and economy within the vomit-harvesting adventure. Before jumping into the meat of the game, Gamesauce begins their story with an […] Read More »

Dragon Up Wins the Indie Prize Showcase

Nominated for its quirky humour and whimsical art style, East Side Game’s Dragon Up went down to this year’s Casual Connect 2013 and took home the Best Art Award at the Indie Prize Showcase. Dragon Up, originally released on iOS and recently released on Facebook, has been the talk of several media outlets. Time after […] Read More »

ESG at Casual Connect 2013

    Casual Connect 2013 (July 30 – August 1) is just around the corner and East Side Games is going to be well represented! Josh Nilson will be speaking on Wednesday July 30th at 11 AM on Building an Amazing Company Culture. Josh will also be speaking about Community Management in FTP Games on […] Read More »

ESG at Full Indie Summit!

Hey everyone! If you have $10 and love games you should come to Full Indie Summit this weekend! http://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Indie-Game-Developers/events/109299792/  East Side Games will also be co-hosting two parties around this event: Full Indie Summit Kick-Off Happy Hour (in conjunction with Tapjoy) Friday, April 19th from 5 – 7pm The Portside Pub Register here! Full Indie Summit […] Read More »

East Side Games is Interviewed on Shogun Gamer

Check out Shogun Gamer‘s interview with East Side Games’s Co-founder and COO, Josh Nilson, on the history of our games and the future of being an indie developer. Vancouver’s East Side Games launched themselves from the arguably inauspicious beginnings of Pot Farm to become a stable, successful, and growing indie shop currently approaching the ripe old […] Read More »

Dragon Up is on The Portable Podcast!

Our very own Josh Nilson and Jim Wagner were guests on 148Apps‘ The Portable Podcast, Episode 175. Carter talks with East Side Games about their newest free-to-play title Dragon Up, why they think it fits their “indie freemium” ethos, and the analytics of dragon barf. Check out the Podcast on 148Apps. Read More »

Animation World Network Covers the Art and Animation in Dragon Up

The Animation World Network recently sat down with Dragon Up’s art and animation team and talked about the direction behind Dragon Up’s unique art style and the future of animation in mobile gaming. To successfully create the quantity of unique visuals called for in the game, the artistic team stuck with the restrictions they had assigned […] Read More »

Dragon Up Covered by The iPhone Mom

The iPhone Mom recently covered Dragon Up in their Ten For Tuesday feature. We’re super excited that Dragon Up is a game that really captivated the iPhone moms’ attention. We’re always happy when families can enjoy endless hours of dragon treasure barfing and rainbow gold pooping. The Dragon Up app is designed as a fun game.  With […] Read More »

Digital Trends says “Dragon Up for iPhone is Disgustingly Good”

Dragon Up was recently reviewed by Digital Trends. Dragon biology is quite a complicated subject but we think this review captures it perfectly. East Side Games breaks the mold that most games starring dragons tend to fall victim. Instead of casting these scaly, oversized lizards as the villains of the game, the developers have crafted a unique […] Read More »

Dragon Up Reviewed by Kotaku

Dragon Up got reviewed by Kotaku with the headline “The Best Thing About This Dragon Breeding Game is Definitely the Vomit” It’s not the hand-animated visuals, crafted by artists whose resumes include My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Atomic Betty. It’s not the challenge of matching each dragon with their favorite treasures, collecting and combining items to […] Read More »

Press Release – Dragon Up

Play Dragon Up for iOS! Hatch a whimsical flock of dragons in the new mobile game from East Side Games. East Side Games has launched Dragon Up, its newest game for iOS! Hatch and raise beautiful, hand-animated dragons and send them on trips to juggle gnomes, collect treasure, and barf gold! ★ Play with dozens of […] Read More »

Pot Farm Featured on Mashable

Pot Farm was mentioned on Mashable’s article “11 Bizarre Facebook Apps You Won’t Believe” alongside a flurry of other interesting Facebook apps. This game is essentially FarmVille on marijuana. Though it’s intended for ages 21 and up, the game’s description invites users to be part of “the other ‘green’ movement.” The goal is to grow cash crops […] Read More »

Dragon Up Limited Release

Dragon Up is live on the iTunes Store in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Ireland! Check out the features of our latest title for iOS: Hatch a whimsical flock of dragons and rebuild the Legendary Roost of the Dragons! Dragon questing, gold barfing, treasuring hunting: Dragon Up’s got it all! Features: ★ Play with […] Read More »

East Side Games Year in Review 2012

2012 was a massive year for us. Take a look at everything the amazing people here at East Side Games have done in the past year! View the full year here. View the entire year here.     Read More »

Pot Farm Year in Review

Everyone loves numbers!  Check out some amazing stats about everything that our fans accomplished in the past 365 days! Thanks for being awesome everyone. Read More »

Geek Badge Visits East Side Games

Geek Badge dropped by the East Side Games office to get an inside look at our fiercely independent studio: East Side Games in Vancouver has grown into the prime example of not only how to grow an indie development company, but also what it can bring to the industry. Seeds of big time developers has sprouted one […] Read More »

Ruby Skies is Fiercely Independent!

Thanks to all of our fans for the great beta feedback! Ruby Skies is temporarily unavailable for download (but don’t worry, if you have it already you can still play). “We’re very excited to be relaunching Ruby Skies under our own label,” says COO Josh Nilson, “it will be in the App Store as soon […] Read More »

East Side Games Launches Ruby Skies Worldwide

  Play Ruby Skies Now! Developer East Side Games and publishing partner 6waves want to spread love to the world in the worldwide release of their newest iOS game Ruby Skies. East Side Games, creators of popular Facebook game Pot Farm, launches Ruby Skies across the world. A game of exploration and romance. Gamers in […] Read More »

East Side Games Joins Effort to Protect Eagle Habitat

The Globe and Mail interviewed East Side Games CEO Jason Bailey, who discussed his studio’s support for an Ancient Forest Alliance campaign: A Vancouver-based video-game company has joined an environmental group’s quest to protect a bald eagle habitat, and plans to integrate the bird of prey into its games.   East Side Games announced its support […] Read More »

ESG Joins Cause to Save Eagle Habitat

Metro News interviewed East Side Games CEO Jason Bailey on the studio’s partnership with Ancient Forest Alliance: A Vancouver-based game developer has joined forces with an environmental group to make sure it’s not game over for B.C.’s old-growth forests and bald eagle habitat.   East Side Games CEO Jason Bailey announced Wednesday that the company has […] Read More »

ESG is Pumped for PAX!

Vancouver Sun interviewed East Side Games co-founder and COO Josh Nilson on the studio’s presence at the PAX Dev conference in Seattle: Josh Nilson wants to get his games in front of more people. But to do that, the chief operating officer of Vancouver-based East Side Games will have to figure out a new strategy for […] Read More »

East Side Games Releases Ruby Skies for iOS

    Romance through the open clouds on this lovely iPad adventure from developer East Side Games in collaboration with publishing partner 6waves. East Side Games, makers of the fan-favourite Facebook game Pot Farm, wants players to do the work of the angels with their newly released Ruby Skies, a game of exploration and romance. […] Read More »

Gamezebo Flies ESG’s Ruby Skies

Gamezebo just released a preview of Ruby Skies, East Side Games’ latest title for iOS: Billed as a game of “exploration and romance,” East Side’s latest is part time management sim., part comedy adventure, part harlequin romance novel. Venus has determined (as gods are wont to do) that the world needs more love, and sends Cupid […] Read More »

Inside Social Games Interview on Ruby Skies for iOS

Inside Social Games interviewed East Side Games CEO Jason Bailey and Ruby Skies producer Jacob Krarup on the company’s latest release for iOS, which is like “waffles for the eyes”: Ruby Skies is a combination of relationship-building, item collection and exploration genres. The game has players controlling Cupid, in all his cherubic glory. Cupid’s been instructed […] Read More »

Welcome to the new I Like Slots!

Welcome to the new I Like Slots! The classic slots title by developer East Side Games receives a major update and modern-day reboot. East Side Games, makers of Pot Farm, have brought back the classic hit I Like Slots. Originally released in 2009, it is one of the first community-driven slots games on Facebook. The new […] Read More »

PocketGamer.biz features East Side Games!

PocketGamer.biz wrote an awesome feature on East Side Games and how the company stays “fiercely independent”: Our culture is king. We have a very unique culture and team. We have fun – I mean we built and support Pot Farm and we like to say we are fiercely independent. We love our fans and work with them […] Read More »

The First Stereoscopic 3D Item in Social Games

THE FIRST STEREOSCOPIC 3D ITEM FROM EAST SIDE GAMES Psychedelic! East Side Games released its first 3D item: The Psychedelic 3D Chick. Sporting stereoscopic 3D shades, this chick is a prime example of the brewing creativity among the Pot Farm art team. This little tweeter can be viewed in full 3D using stereoscopic 3D glasses […] Read More »

PotFarm and ESG Featured on Inside Social Games!

We’ve got an awesome writeup on Inside Social Games! Pot Farm is proof a Facebook game can succeed on the social network without any actual promotion. According to Creative Director Galan Akin, this was no easy task. “Facebook has made it really hard to survive and grow without advertising,” he says. That was problematic for […] Read More »

InsideSocialGames.com Revisits Pot Farm

InsideSocialGames.com surprised the Pot Farm team with a stellar article on the game’s recent successes. “It’s not clear if it was a single contributing factor that has led to the resurgence in popularity for Pot Farm, or whether it was a combination of things. The developers have certainly been making strong efforts to promote the […] Read More »

Press Release – Pot Farm Ranks Top 20; Almost at 1 Million Likes

POT FARM RANKS TOP 20 FASTEST-GROWING FACEBOOK GAMES; ALMOST AT 1 MILLION LIKES Jun 13, 2012.   Pot Farm, a two year old marijuana-themed farming game by East Side Games, hit the top 20 fastest-growing Facebook games on Inside Social Games this week and is approaching 1 million likes on its fan page. Originally released in April […] Read More »

InsideMobileApps covers NomNom Combo 2.0

The folks over at InsideMobileApps took a round 2 perspective at NomNom Combo. In this piece, author Pete Davison, who originally reviewed NomNom Combo in February, gives his two cents on the game’s recent improvements. Davison comments on how the game’s stronger social functionality its ability to connect with Facebook, allowing players to invite friends […] Read More »

Press Release – NomNom Combo 2.0

SPIN WHILE YOU NOM! NomNom Combo 2.0 is out! Check it out here. East Side Games, notorious for the successful social game Pot Farm, has just released a major update to their iOS title NomNom Combo – a game full of hungry critters and plenty of nomnoming. In this big update, East Side Games added special […] Read More »

Pot Farm makes the News!

Our hit game Pot Farm made the news! Play our game to grow weed with no repercussions!! WHNT News interviews gamers William Bullock and Chance McMorrow, as well as Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray. “It seems pretty cool, I guess.” – McMorrow “I don’t think it teaches you how to be a pot farmer or a […] Read More »

Pocket Next – Rebel With a Cause

Pocket Next is featuring an interview with our local “Robin Hood”, Jason Bailey, talking about innovation in the industry. Check out this excerpt from the article: “And everybody in the industry, we’re all adding our little +1s. If it’s [not] changing the world or changing the gaming industry? Well you know, fuck you, that’s not […] Read More »

Something Wicked This Way Noms!

Pocket Next has a preview of the stage of NomNom Combo!! This update will be all about turning the game’s fun factor up to 11. “With this next update coming, we feel it’s really going to be time for a big push, to turn [NomNom] into a real story.” The theme of that story? Fun […] Read More »

Zombinis on Inside Social Games

Zombinis has been featured on Inside Social Games! Zombinis from Eastside Games recently launched on Google+ as a 30-day timed exclusive. The game tasks players with building up an army of zombified monsters and then using them to win battles, complete missions and expand their own arsenal of creatures. It combines elements of Pokémon and […] Read More »

Google+ digs up 30-day exclusive with Eastside Games’ Zombinis

MARCH 6, 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE East Side Games is excited to bring ZOMBINIS to the Google+ platform for a 30 day exclusive. Zombinis is a collecting/ battle game featuring adorable and somewhat explosive zombie animals with detachable body parts and addicting gameplay. The game will go live on the social network on Tuesday, […] Read More »

East Side Game Studio Announces Ruby Skies for iOS

MARCH 6, 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: games@eastsidegamestudio.com FROM POT TO ROMANCE East Side Game Announces Ruby Skies for iOS East Side Games, notorious for it’s successful social game Pot Farm, has just announced that its next game, Ruby Skies – a game of romance, exploration and treasures – will be coming soon to […] Read More »

NomNom Combo on Pocket Next!

NomNom Combo is now available for FREE worldwide! Pocket Next has got us covered: Like oh so many others, East Side Games want NomNom Combo to make you a less productive person. “In the end, I want to make a game that makes you late for work,” Josh Nilson of East Side Games told us. […] Read More »

NomNom Combo in iTunes Store!

East Side Games Inc. has just launched their newest iOS title, NomNom Combo. A classic match 3 progressive game perfect for puzzlers and hipsters alike. Create awesome combos of both predator and prey in this fun and addictive game. You’ve reached rainbow status when you Nom Nom a Unicorn. Initial launch is in Canada only […] Read More »

Nom Nom Combo on Inside Mobile Apps

Nom Nom Combo’s getting some pre-release press! The following is from Inside Mobile Apps.com: NomNom Combo is a puzzle game based on a Triple Town-like mechanic of matching three like objects together to “promote” them to a higher-value object. Rather than being a lazy clone of Triple Town, however, NomNom Combo adds a number of […] Read More »

ESG in the Vancouver Sun

Check it out! East Side Games and Jason Bailey are in the Vancouver Sun with our friends from A Thinking Ape! From the article: There’s one other mobile app developer of similar size in Vancouver, East Side Games. It’s the brainchild of a veteran entrepreneur and angel investor on the local high-tech scene, Jason Bailey. […] Read More »

Press Release

DES Games, Jason Bailey, and a mountain of cash have all gotten together to form the latest greatest games studio, EASTSIDE GAMES. This exciting new studio aims to be a powerhouse of Social and Mobile games... Read More »

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