Blackbird gaming studio

Blackbird to open new Vancouver gaming studio

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blackbird Interactive Inc. (BBI) will be moving its operations to a brand new 28,000 square foot office space at 565 Great Northern Way in the heart of Vancouver’s newest tech hub starting in late 2018.

Adjacent to the new Emily Carr University of Arts and Design and the Centre for Digital Media, the new seven story glass building will feature 160,000 square feet of office space. It is slated for completion in Q1 of 2018, and is the first of many commercial spaces being added to the False Creek Flats neighbourhood of Vancouver. PCI Group is the developer.

BBI currently occupies a 9,000 square foot studio in the Great Northern Way Campus. To accommodate rapid growth BBI is expanding to include a temporary 10,000 square foot space in Mount Pleasant until its new space becomes available later that same year. Moving forward, BBI intends to maintain both Great Northern Way locations.

BBI has become a magnet for game developers, drawing in world-class talent both locally and from abroad. The company has more than doubled in size over the last 18 months, will surpass 100 employees as of January 2018, and will reach 160 by the time it is ready to move into its new headquarters next year. This move secures the company enough studio space to reach upwards of 300 employees over the next five years.

“It blows my mind to think how far we’ve come. Blackbird is blessed with some very special people. It is their talent and hard work that has made this growth possible,” said Rob Cunningham, Blackbird Interactive CEO.

“They deserve the very best workplace we can create and in this awesome city, finding studio space is a huge challenge. Fortunately for us, we’ve been tenants of the Great Northern Way Campus since day one of its spectacular development, and are positioned perfectly to make the most of it.”

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