Black Lab Games grows out of Stirling Business Centre

Paul Turbett (Founder -Black Lab Games). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d493811
Paul Turbett (Founder -Black Lab Games). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493811

DEVELOPING a video game based on the science fiction series Battlestar Galactica was a launching pad for Black Lab Games founder Paul Turbett and his team.

The company, which develops video games for PCs and other consoles before marketing them through a publisher, started in 2008 as a part time business from Mr Turbett’s home before moving in to the Stirling Business Centre three years ago.

“We were able to receive a grant, allowing us to expand and ultimately led us to receive further funding to develop Battlestar Galactica,” he said.

“That was the start of Black Lab Games as a ‘real’ business.”

Battlestar Galactica and Black Lab Games won the 2017 Australian Game Development Award becoming the first West Australian developer to win the national competition.

Earlier this year, Black Lab Games moved in to their own office in Leederville.

Mr Turbett said the Stirling Business Centre gave him an opportunity to bring his team together and collaborate in the same space.

“We previously worked remotely and while that was manageable, our style of work benefits with us being in the same room together,” he said.

Mr Turbett’s advice to small business owners is “don’t give up”.

“It took me six years until I was able to commit to it full time,” he said.

“Fast forward another five years to now with seven employees on the payroll.

“It proves that sometimes it does take a while to get where you want to be and it takes patience with yourself and your company.”