I created an iconic video game from humble beginnings – it now grosses £300 MILLION a year and is played around the world

THE LEGENDARY GAME: Football managers have broken records, earned millions of pounds and even taken players into the real professional world of football.

Released in 2004, the popular game sold six million copies last year – meaning it made its developers millions.

Football Manager is played primarily in the UK, where there are almost 2 million players per year


Football Manager is played primarily in the UK, where there are almost 2 million players per yearPhoto credit: Sports Interactive

The franchise made £300m in pure revenue after selling six million copies of the game last year for around £50 a pop.

Football Manager allows players to take charge of their favorite football team and lead them to glory.

It has also introduced players to the real world of professional football, most notably Stade de Reims coach Will Still.

Since its release, the gaming community has grown rapidly. Last year the game was played by six million people.

Miles Jacobson has been the manager behind Football Manager since the release of the first game and under his leadership has managed to grow Sports Indirective from five employees to over 250 – with around 1,300 researchers around the world.

Miles told this BBC: “The way I see it, I’m actually making the game for myself – it’s just that there are a few million other people like me out there.”

“Games aren’t cheap for people to buy, so we’re determined to create the best value for money game each year so people get plenty of gaming time out of the £40-50 they’ve worked so hard to earn have.” try to get it.

Today sees the release of the 20th game in the Football Manager series and this will be the last of its kind – next year’s game is set to be redesigned and redesigned on a different engine.

Football Manager’s graphics have improved dramatically since its release in 2004.

With better technology, it evolved from its text-based beginnings to using motion capture rendering players in 3D.

However, Football Manager 24 does without motion capture and relies on “motion matching”, which uses real data from football games and applies it to the movement of the football players in the game itself.

This year’s game makes its debut in Japan for the first time in its history, with the J-League (Japan’s top football league) also being included in the game.

Another new feature that will delight players is the ability to pick up where they left off in Football Manager 23. Players’ progress in last year’s game can be carried directly into Football Manager 24.

According to Sports Interactive, this feature has already been used by 25% of players who pre-ordered the game.

Miles said: “It’s definitely our most requested feature from the community and it’s the most pre-ordered game we’ve ever had.”

“This will be the final game in the Football Manager series as you know it… we wanted this to be a celebration of the end of an era.”

For next year’s game, Miles Jacobson confirmed that women’s football will be added.

Tim Keech, head of women’s football research at Sports Interactive, told the BBC that assigning statistics to respected players was a major problem.

Tim said: “I think anyone involved in women’s football knows the data is not correct. Even with the associations, some of their data is inaccurate.”

“The legacy of women’s football is really important,” she said, adding: “Being part of this development and seeing where we fit in is really exciting. And I just want my daughters to say, ‘Yes, my mother did it.’ The!”

It’s been a long time in the making, but the 20th game in the Football Manager series is the last time it’ll focus solely on male players.

“We should remember where we come from and which ones.” [female] Players who were truly committed to the game.

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Sports Indirective studio director Miles Jacobson grew up supporting Watford FC


Sports Indirective studio director Miles Jacobson grew up supporting Watford FCPhoto credit: Rex
FM24 will cost players £44.99 on PC and £39.99 on console


FM24 will cost players £44.99 on PC and £39.99 on consolePhoto credit: Sports Interactive

Jake Nichol

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