SIDE Opens New Studio in Tokyo

Tokyo, JAPAN – November 14, 2023 Award-winning audio production and localization specialist SIDE today announced the opening of their latest studio, SIDE Tokyo. As the third footprint expansion in 2023, SIDE Tokyo will join existing studios in Paris, London, Shanghai, Montreal, and Los Angeles; the studio will focus on Japanese original dialogue for games alongside additional audio services like dubbing for foreign content producers. SIDE Tokyo will be managed locally by Hiroshi Takao, reporting to Senior Vice President Olivier Deslandes.   

“Tokyo has been in our company DNA since day one – we expand our business based on a number of factors, but Japan specifically has always been at the top of our list for SIDE due to the local talent and cultural impact Japanese games have had on the entire industry; in many ways, they set the tone,” said Deborah Kirkham, Chief Executive Officer of PTW. “A local presence lets us leverage our global expertise to work hand-in-hand with our clients on their flagship IP, in their backyard.”

SIDE works on the cutting edge of interactive media as a provider of audio services for the global entertainment market. With over 25 years’ experience, an international network of resources, and state-of-the-art studios, SIDE’s award-winning team of technical and creative experts still holds the same collective intention: to develop the truest interpretation of each client’s vision, for audiences of every genre, on any platform, in all languages.

SIDE’s service offerings in Tokyo will include:

  • Casting
  • Talent Negotiation
  • Studio Recording
  • Performance Direction
  • Editorial / Post-Production
  • Production Management
  • Audio Localization

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About PTW:

PTW is a boutique-with-scale games services company with over 40 studios in 16 countries worldwide. From humble beginnings as a single office in Japan in 1994, PTW has grown to become a global force in the gaming industry, with offices across North America, Europe, South America, India, and Asia. Their services include art production, game development, audio, quality assurance, player support, community management, localization, localization QA, voice production, and data collection. The PTW family of brands includes SIDE, 1518 Studios, entalize, Delfi Sound, and OR Esports. For more information, visit

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