17th February 2006. Brighton, UK. Relentless Software today announced the recruitment of 6 new staff to its successful and creative team with plans for more additions as the studio expands.
Relentless Software is the developer behind the Christmas smash hit - Buzz! The Music Quiz, which was the only original title in the entire full price PS2 chart over the Christmas period. It remains at No.7 after 17 weeks in the charts. *
David Amor, co-founder and Creative Director of Relentless Software commented, 'We're actively seeking talented people to join us and are delighted that we've managed to tempt some very creative people to come work with us, some of whom are entering the videogames industry for the first time.'
Relentless Software is currently working on Buzz! The Big Quiz (PS2) to be published by Sony in the UK on March 17th 2006. The team is also working on other, as yet, unannounced titles.
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The New Recruits:
Chris Pacey. Chris joined Relentless Software as a programmer in the technology group, contributing to Buzz: The Big Quiz. Having previously worked as an acoustic engineer in the audio industry, he naturally gravitates towards audio-related programming. This is his first position in videogames.
Jamie Osborne. Jamie joined Relentless Software, his first position in the games industry, as a Programmer working on "Buzz: The Big Quiz". He started his career 6 years ago, most recently working as a Software Engineer for a defence company.
Jez Harris. After finishing college, Jez began his career in QA at Bullfrog in 1998. After a year of varying responsibilities working on Populous 3 and Dungeon Keeper 2 amongst others, he moved to a design role at Bristol-based Hothouse Creations, building maps and writing scenarios for Gangsters 2. Two years later, an opportunity arose to return to EA, where he spent 4 years designing various games for the Harry Potter franchise - notably Quidditch World Cup - and other projects. After completing work on Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Jez moved to Relentless as senior designer on the next title in the Buzz! franchise.
Tom Bolton. Originally from Holland, Tom came to study Design Technology at Brighton University. Whilst doing so worked with several game developers on a freelance basis, doing functionality & localisation testing. Since graduating he has contributed to several Relentless releases as an assistant producer.
Ben Lee. Ben is the Lead Artist on Relentless Software's "Buzz: The Big Quiz". Ben has a traditional animation background that transitioned into directing 3d animation in the 90's, followed by moving into videogames. Most recently he was art director at Irrational Games Australia, on the games "Freedom Force", "Tribes Vengeance" and "Freedom Force vs the 3rd Reich".
Chris Britten. Trained as a product designer and worked as a 3d visualiser and animator in Amsterdam, Australia and UK before turning freelance. Joined Relentless as a 3D artist, his first job in the games industry.
About Relentless Software
Relentless Software was formed in late 2003 by Andrew Eades and David Amor. Both Eades and Amor have track records in the videogames industry that include working at DMA, Virgin and Electronic Arts, and on many games including the Lemmings and Harry Potter franchises. The company is based in Brighton and currently employs 25 staff with plans to expand to 50 over the coming months.
The company plans to create and develop new and exciting games for the mass market - re-hashing the same old ideas and releasing me-too titles is not part of the plan.
Relentless released their first title, DJ: Decks and FX (Sony) in late 2004 and was subsequently nominated for a BAFTA. Relentless was also nominated for 'Best New Studio' in the recent Develop Industry Excellence Awards. For further information please visit the company website: www.relenteless.co.uk
Notes to Editors
BuzzTM ® 2005 Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Developed by Relentless Software Limited. Buzz is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. All rights reserved.
Source: UK Charts courtesy of ELSPA. Chart information gathered by Chart-Track. Full price PlayStation 2 Top 20 chart.