Nifty Games Inc., a California-based developer and publisher focused on quick-session head-to-head sports games for mobile devices, is opening its first internal development studio in Chicago.

 The new studio will rely on the local talent pool, as well as Chicago’s professional sports teams such as the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks to “bring fun and competitive, mobile-first games to sports fans globally.”

Earlier the company secured more than $12 million in Series A financing. It brought the total amount raised by the studio to date to $15 million.

Nifty Games also formed a partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).  An NBA-licensed basketball game for mobile devices is currently in development.