Team

Meet the team at Blackbird Interactive

  • Rob Cunningham

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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    Rob was an original founding member of Relic Entertainment and was art director for Relic’s sci-fi award winning cult classics Homeworld and Homeworld 2. After THQ’s acquisition of Relic in 2004, Rob continued to direct premium properties for the studio including the Dawn of War and Company of Heroes franchises, but his real passion was for emerging market opportunities. After leaving Relic in 2007, Rob established the eatART Foundation then turned his attention towards forming a new game studio with familiar faces.

  • Yossarian King

    CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
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    Yossarian has over 20 years of software engineering experience with 16 years in video games. He was previously the technical director of the central tools group at EA Canada, where he helped ship almost every major sports title from the studio since 1995 including the hugely successful FIFA, NHL and NBA sport franchises. He has a Master’s degree in computer vision from the University of British Columbia, wrote several articles for the Game Programming Gems series, and blogs at AltDevBlogADay. When not coding, he enjoys unicycling, ultimate, kayaking, and spending time with his wife and kids.

  • Aaron Kambeitz

    CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
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    Aaron was one of the founding members of Relic Entertainment and the acclaimed lead artist on the sci-fi classic Homeworld. Since leaving Relic in 2002, Aaron has been in high demand as an art director, concept artist and intellectual property developer. He has worked for many Vancouver game studios including EA and United Front Games on such titles as Homeworld 2, Need for Speed and Mod Nation Racers.

  • Eric Torin

    CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
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    Eric wrote a video game in Basic in 1982, but even his Mom suggested it needed work. So Eric went and completed studies in CompSci, among other things. He then got distracted by the evil lure of television and movie production. He programmed a bunch of tools, created some special effects, donned one of those weird mo-cap suits, and even wrote an episode of Transformers: Beast Wars. After a time Eric remembered how awesome games are, and decided to return to the light of game development for good. He's shipped a bunch of EA titles, and some Relic titles, too. He thinks Blackbird rocks.

  • Peter Greenwood

    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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    Peter has over 20 years of experience working in senior financial roles with major firms in the public and private sectors. Specializing in financial reporting issues and their resolution, with a track record of delivery on a range of business impact and financial projects. Peter joins Blackbird as CFO, having spent the last seven years as a KPMG partner in Vancouver and prior to that in the UK for BT Group plc, at the VP Finance level. He brings deep knowledge of business growth, investor and stakeholder management as well as organizational leadership for teams.

  • Jeff Lydell

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
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    Jeff is a video game producer over 10 years of video game development experience. At Relic Entertainment, he worked on Company of Heroes, Dawn of War II, and shipped several retail PC RTS products including the Dawn of War II expansions and DLC as a producer. He also has experience in the Free-to-Play market with German publisher Bigpoint GmbH.

  • Rory McGuire

    GAME DIRECTOR
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    Rory began his career at High Moon Studios where he was instrumental in implementing Scrum which had a large impact on the design process of the Darkwatch and Bourne Conspiracy games. Rory spent a number of years at Sony Online contributing to their online services, including work on Planetside 2 and DC Universe Online. Rory has also provided third party design work for companies such as Sega, Warner Brothers and Disney Interactive on their breakout Where’s My Water series.

    Rory led the design team on Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

  • Robin Bacsfalvi

    CONTROLLER
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    Robin has been with Blackbird Interactive Inc. as Controller since March 2012. With over ten years of accounting experience Robin has a Diploma in Accounting from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Previously Robin worked at DMCL CA’s public accounting firm before becoming a self-employed accountant. She has worked in this capacity over a range of industries including food and beverage, music industry, non-profits and charities as well as public companies.