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Video game developer to create 70 new Welsh jobs

Game developers Relentless Software are to open a new studio in Wales, creating 70 jobs.

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Brighton based Relentless, who is collaborating with Hasbro to develop multiple new projects, decided to base their work in Wales following Welsh Government funding support of £550,000.

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.

– Andrew Eades, Director of Relentless

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 £Ms 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.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister

Bookshop: 'We can't take anymore' Fifty Shades of Grey

A charity bookshop is begging women to stop handing in secondhand copies of steamy novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Women who bought the erotic thrillers are dumping them in secondhand stores - because they don't want to keep them in their own home.

And an Oxfam store in Swansea has received so many copies of E.L James's novels it has been forced to say: "Please - no more".

Oxfam worker Phil Broadhurst said his store has become a "retirement home" for copies of EL James' book and its sequels.

We appreciate all the donations - but less Fifty Shades and more Sixties and Seventies vinyl would be good.

– Oxfam worker Phil Broadhurst

50 Shades of Grey has sold more than 125 million copies worldwide.

Status Quo name Cardiff in European tour

Rock band Status Quo will stop off in Cardiff during their new 'The Last Night of the Electrics' tour.

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The band has announced that this tour will see their last electric shows and that they would play Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on the 14th of December 2016.

Since first charting in 1967, Status Quo have sold over 118 million records and have had 43 albums feature in the British Album Charts.

We’ve talked about it for some time and have decided that it’s time for us to hang up the electrics. It’s getting harder and harder for us to play those shows. It’s 30 years since we last said we were stopping but this is a final decision. It doesn’t mean we won’t do other things, perhaps the odd special, but we’re agreed that the moment has come. There’s more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won’t tour the electric set ever again.

– Francis Rossi, Status Quo band member


Michael Sheen praises young Welsh talent at film awards

Welsh actor Michael Sheen has praised young Welsh film talent and urged more young people to get involved and tell their stories.

The hollywood actor spoke at the 'Into Film Awards' 2016, where pupils from a Welsh school scooped a prize for their animation film:

It's absolutely fantastic to see so much talent coming from Wales. I mean we know there's plenty of talent in Wales, but it's great to see it on display and being recognised, it's fantastic.

– Michael Sheen, Actor

Welsh pupils win national film award

Students from a school in Merthyr Tydfil have scooped a national film award.

Actors Morfydd Clark and James Norton with the winning filmmakers behind 'Political Animals'. Credit: Into Film

The pupils at Cyfarthfa Park Primary school won the award for Best Animation by 12s and under.

The award for their short animation 'Political Animals' was presented to them by actors Morfydd Clark and James Norton.

The Into Film Awards pay tribute to young people from across the UK who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in filmmaking and film reviewing.

We made an animation - we drew animals and recorded interviews about what we would do if we were Prime Minister.

It was just amazing seeing our film on the big screen.

– Sam, Cyfarthfa Park Primary

It was a wonderful project – the children were really engrossed in it and worked so well as a team, it was lovely to see.

We didn’t think we’d win, we’re thrilled with the result.

We’ve had a fantastic day.

– Mrs Parry, Teacher, Cyfarthfa Park Primary School

You can see their winning entry here.

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