Founders

Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey

Co-Founder & Chairman

Jason Bailey was the co-founder of Super Rewards which pioneered monetization on the Facebook platform, paving the way for the virtual goods-based games that dominate the platform today.

Jason bootstrapped Super Rewards from zero to a 100mm run rate to a healthy eight digit exit all in under 18 months. Not cool enough? He was the ColecoVision champion in the early 80’s for 2 years running.

Galan Akin

Galan Akin

Creative Director

Galan has over 15 years’ experience in the game industry as a lead designer, design consultant and creative director on a wide variety of projects, from big-budget console titles to mobile and social games. At Radical Entertainment, he played key roles guiding hit games such as the Simpsons: Hit and Run and Scarface: The World is Yours to completion; he has extensive experience in IP creation. Galan knows what makes social and mobile titles fun, overseeing the studio’s design vision to ensure our games rock. He is probably the only person who has had his childhood home torn down by David Suzuki.

Josh Nilson

Josh Nilson

Chief Executive Officer

Josh Nilson is the CEO and co-founder of East Side Games (ESG), making the best narrative idle games in the business, and creating the technology for developers to tell amazing stories. Josh has been working in the Tech world  for over 19 years, at both enterprise and start up companies. For the last 14 years, he has been specializing in games, and his keen efforts integral to East Side Games becoming a profitable studio. He has grown East Side Games from 14 to 125+ people while still maintaining the unique culture that makes East Side Games the best place to work and play. Josh had previously worked at Relic Entertainment, where he contributed to critically and commercially acclaimed RTS games Dawn of War II and Company of Heroes.

In 2017, ESG launched Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money, which was a top 100 game in over 100 countries with great player reviews and excellent fan engagement. It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile launched in 2019 and is still growing and delighting its amazing fanbase. 2020 started with great momentum with the early access launch of Dragon Up: Idle Adventure, which was a collaboration between ESG and the brand new Nightgarden Studio. Most recently, East Side Games just launched The Goldbergs: Back to the 80s! Some big launches upcoming this year and in 2021.

Founded in 2011, East Side Games (ESG) is a proudly independent and profitable game studio strongly believes in community-driven design, having the best culture around and making games built by fans, for fans. ESG made the Deloitte Technology top 500, for the fastest growing startups in North America and the Deloitte Technology top 50 in Canada in 2017, 2018. They were also recently recognized in the Globe & Mail Report on Business – Canada’s Top Growing Companies 2019, and were a finalist in the Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards 2020 for Best Developer. ESG was also just announced as the winner in the first ever BC Business “Business of Good Awards” in the Indigenous Prosperity category, and Josh is currently a finalist for Person of the Year in BC Tech’s 2020 Technology Impact Awards.  If you see them in a dive bar, they’ll buy you a beer.

 

Josh is at @joshnilson or @eastsidegames