Relentless opens new centre in Wales and creates 70 software jobs

Global games developer Relentless has opened a new studio in Pontypridd and is creating 70 new software development jobs.

The new jobs have been confirmed as the Brighton-based company has signed a partnership with toy manufacturer Hasbro to work on new projects.

They will be created over the next two years as the work goes ahead and develops. The projects will be based on Hasbro’s toy characters.

Relentless has been awarded with a £550,000 grant from the Welsh Government in a bid to secure the contract for the Welsh economy and games development industry.

Edwina Hart, the economy minister, has welcomed the deal. She said: “This is a highly strategic project and a significant coup for the digital media sector in Wales.

“It will be Wales’ second major inward investment games development studio that will create 70 skilled jobs and attract millions of pounds of investment to Wales from a global entertainment company.

“Wales has a growing international reputation as a centre for digital media and I am delighted that a global multinational name like Hasbro is investing in Wales and hope this will lead to further collaboration in the future.”

Andrew Eades, director of Relentless, said: “We are so pleased by the Welsh Government backing our new studio in Wales. Without their support.

“We wouldn’t have been able to keep these new products in the UK, which was, of course, our preference.

“We are grateful, and also very pleased to be able to help grow the games community in Wales, and that the local talented workforce can obtain high quality development jobs here in Wales.”

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