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Football Manager 2020 - Out November 2019Aug 27, 2019 - Community Announcements London, England – 27 August 2019 Football is a game of opinions. From team selection to transfers and tactics, everyone has their own ideas on how to get results on the pitch. Sports Interactive™ and SEGA® are giving would-be managers the chance to prove that their opinion means more than most when Football Manager 2020 releases in early November. FM20 will give players the chance to call the shots at their favourite club as they take control of their team’s destiny and make all the decisions that a real manager does as they develop their team and attempt to deliver a sustained level of success. We have today released the first trailer for the game that should whet the appetite ahead of the game’s key feature announcements, the first details of which will be revealed in mid-September through the Football Manager website and via the official FM social media channels (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube). But even though we aren’t talking about new game features today, we do have other things to talk about which you can see below. Football Manager 2020 is the follow up to the record-breaking Football Manager 2019, which is the fastest selling, best-selling, and most played version of the series to date across all of its release platforms. Nine months after its release, more than 60% of the people who have bought the PC/Mac game in its lifetime are still playing it each month. This year also marks the first time in the long-running series’ history that Football Manager will be available as a launch title on a new platform as Football Manager 2020 is set to make its debut on Google’s Stadia and will be the fastest way to experience Football Manager. Miles Jacobson, Studio Director of Sports Interactive, says “Football Manager on Stadia includes technology that is only available on that platform, utilising the power of the cloud and Google’s data centres to ensure that more matches can be processed in parallel utilising spare bandwidth across the whole system – this means you can have more leagues loaded into your save, or just go for a faster experience by keeping the amount of leagues the same, but having the matches process quicker than you can on any other platform.” From today until launch, fans who pre-purchase Football Manager 2020 (for PC and Mac), from a SEGA approved digital retailer* (or pre-order from a participating physical retailer) will receive a 10% discount. Additionally, those who pre-purchase through a SEGA approved digital retailer will be able to get their managerial careers underway early through a fully-playable Beta version, which will be available roughly two weeks prior to the official street date (single player careers started in the Beta can be carried across to the full game). The pre-release Beta will not be available on Stadia. Football Manager 2020 (for PC, Mac and Stadia), Football Ma...Valve talks Steam China, curation and exclusivityAug 21, 2019 - EurogamerValve, alongside its business partner in China, Perfect World, has given us an update on the progress of Steam China today, after both companies had been silent on the topic for over a year. Eurogamer attended the brief presentation, given by Perfect World CEO Dr. Robert H. Xiao in Shanghai, where a small number of local and international press were told the companies were "one more step closer" to launching Steam China, which will be separate from the international version of Steam. A handful of launch games were revealed, including Dota 2 and Dota Underlords. There were no actual launch dates or broader windows mentioned for Steam China itself, mind, nor a look at how that storefront may shape up or any details on its features, barring the fact it'll support VR, multiplayer games, interesting games with "innovative, creative ideas," and "single-player games with abundant storylines". As far as we could tell, none of the non-Chinese launch games had official approval just yet, either. In Xiao's words, "the Steam China project is undergoing solidly and smoothly" - but what is it, exactly? As it stands, Steam is actually widely available for Chinese players already. As of right now we've tested and confirmed it's possible to buy, download and play games through the Steam store in China as usual, with no issues - and no need for a VPN. Community features, such as discussion forums, are unavailable, but otherwise the platform as it stands still acts as a huge loophole in the Chinese government's strict regulation of games. Where it might take many months of admin and applications for a game to get through the approval process - if it gets through at all - or many revisions to a game's content to ensure it meets the various Chinese standards, that same game can already be bought and played in China, unfiltered, unregistered and unchanged, on regular old Steam. Read more Here's your chance to win one of ten PC games from Games PlanetAug 6, 2019 - EurogamerThe Gamesplanet Summer Sale began yesterday with over 1900 titles on offer, plus rolling 24-hour flash deals on recent PC releases and old favourites. But that's not all. As a way to celebrate the occasion, Gamesplanet has kindly provided us with ten games to give away to you lovely Eurogamer readers. As the Summer Sale has entered its second day, a new selection of flash deals are now live. Right now, that includes the likes of Hitman 2 for 15.99, Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition for 9.75, Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition for 3.70, Dragon Ball FighterZ for 9.99, Metro Redux Bundle for 5.99, XCOM 2 for 8.50, Transport Fever for 5.99, Space Hulk: Tactics for 9.25, For Honor for 9.75 and Motorsport Manager for 5.75. The majority of these will only be live for a short period of time so make sure you grab anything you're interested in quickly! Continue to check in throughout the rest of the week too as new titles will be reduced every morning at 10am until the end of the sale on 12th August. Read more Football Manager 2019 19.3.5 Update Out Now!Jun 3, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just released update 19.3.5 for Football Manager 2019 which targets some performance and stability issues. The game should automatically begin to update next time you launch Steam. If you're currently in a game of FM, please remember to save before exiting so you can receive the update. If for whatever reason the game doesn't automatically update we recommend restarting Steam. Due to recent changes made by Apple in OSX Mojave, we would very much recommend anyone on this Mac operating system to update to the latest available, version 10.14.5. Details on how to do this below: - Go to the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen, and then choose “System Preferences” - Select the “Software Update” control panel. - Choose “Update Now” when MacOS 10.14.5 appears in the list of available updates. 19.3.5 Changelist - Fix for game performance issues when running in Mac OSX 10.14.4+ - Fix for rare crash occurring when using add/remove leagues functionalityThe Joy Of taking Football Manager far too seriouslyApr 2, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The latest Football Manager is the most accessible yet. Which means less stressing over incremental tweaks, stats and numbers, and more scope to channel your energy in a completely different direction. This season, play it as it was intended (by me) to be played: with a dash of live-action roleplay. Whether you re a tracksuit coach or a three-piece supervisor, the world s most comprehensive soccer management sim is best enjoyed when taken really, really seriously. (more…) Football Manager 2019 19.3.4 Minor Update OUT NOW!Mar 19, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsJust a quick announcement to say we've just released 19.3.4 via Steam. A changelist of the fixes contained is listed below. The game should automatically begin to update next time you launch Steam. If you're currently in a game of FM, please remember to save before exiting so you can receive the update. If for whatever reason either doesn't automatically update we recommend restarting Steam. 19.3.4 Changelist - Further stability fixes - Allow mentoring within non-first team squads - Free agent fix allowing players to sign immediately - Fix for Belgium League HG player count Football Manager 2019 19.3.3 Update OUT NOW!Mar 13, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've released a minor update, 19.3.3, to address a crash affecting users on certain specific setups when launching the game. The game should automatically begin to update next time you launch Steam. If for whatever reason either doesn't automatically update we recommend restarting Steam.Football Manager 2019 19.3.2 Minor Update Out Now!Mar 6, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've released a minor update, 19.3.2, to address a crash affecting users on certain specific setups when launching the game and a problem related to RCA's with the Editor. The game and Editor should automatically begin to update next time you launch Steam. For those of you currently in game or the Editor, save and exit to receive the update. If for whatever reason either doesn't automatically update we recommend restarting Steam.Football Manager 2019 - 19.3.1 Minor Update Out Now!Mar 5, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsJust to let you know we've just released the 19.3.1 Minor Update to address a crash affecting users running the game using Intel graphics cards. The game should automatically begin to update next time you launch Steam. For those of you currently in game, save and exit to receive the update. If for whatever reason the game doesn't automatically update we recommend restarting Steam. Thanks. Football Manager 2019 Winter Transfer Update OUT NOW!Mar 1, 2019 - Community Announcements We're delighted to announce that the 19.3.0 Winter Transfer Update for Football Manager 2019 is now available to download via Steam. The game should automatically begin to update next time you launch Steam. For those of you currently in game, save and exit to receive the update. If for whatever reason the game doesn't automatically update we recommend restarting Steam. Whilst fixes in the changelist below are save game compatible, for access to the latest database and competition updates you will be required to start a new game. There are a number of other improvements within the update including, but not limited to the changelist below. 19.3.0 Changelist - Fully updated Winter Transfer Database (19.3.0 Database) - Stability Fixes - Fixed rare issue where some promises would incorrectly complete or cancel immediately after being made - Happiness changes regarding players wanting new contract too frequently - Travelling tweaks with regards to training schedules - Fixed cases of certain facilities or youth levels not upgrading correctly - Toned down the extent to which players pick up traits from methods outside of mentoring - Tweaks to AI injury numbers - Tweaks to training ratings - Fixed case of FFP failure being reported incorrectly - Continue Game Timeout fixes - Various UI fixes - Various competition and rule group fixes including (but not limited to): - French Ligue 1 prize money corrected - English FA Cup 5th round replays scrapped from first season (18/19) - Belgium Home grown issues addressed - VAR changes for European competitions - U23 only rule applied to Dutch Jong teams - Danish leagues' substitutes rule corrected to "7 subs named, maximum 3 used" - Can now play players registered for Portuguese senior teams in B Team 2nd tier games - Italian title and relegation decider games being played simultaneously - Italian Serie B expanded to 20 teams from 19/20 season - Licensed Northern Ireland PIL fixtures corrected - Greek National B Division Maximum foreign player rules corrected - Various Match Engine (version 1930) tweaks including (but not limited to): - Fixed bug with keeper reach on some high shots - Improved keeper reactions to free kick and penalty shots - Fixed rare instances of keepers picking up back passes or not reacting to them - Fixed keeper controlling ball then never moving to pick it up or kick it - Removed a restriction on striker and creative attackers offering out ball - Fixed incorrect offside example - Fixed couple of issues related to VAR - Adjusted attacking player marking when preventing GK distribution at goal kicks - Adjusted marking of players coming short for throw-ins - Fixed instances of central midfielders bunching close to ball - Made players cross slightly earlier when possible - Slight encouragement to pass ball forward more when optimal - Fixed issue where player marking edge of area...Football Manager helped a real life goalkeeper score for his country - on his debutFeb 22, 2019 - EurogamerI knew real-life football teams used Football Manager to help scout players. Even managers, such as current Manchester United darling Ole Gunnar Solskj r, have said they've used the famous football management sim to help them out in real-life. But I did not know Football Manager helped a real-life goalkeeper not just play for his country - but score on his debut. This is the story revealed in the latest episode of YouTube series People Make Games, which is the work of ex-Eurogamer video person Chris Bratt. It revolves around keeper Kai Mckenzie-Lyle, who, with a little help from a Football Manager researcher, ended up playing and scoring a last-minute header for his country. Kai's journey alone makes the video worth a watch, but make sure you stick with it for the bonus reveal of Football Manager's disturbing default female manager model. Come on Sports Interactive. Sort it out! Read more Midweek Madness - Football Manager 2019, 25% OffJan 29, 2019 - AnnouncementTo celebrate the excitement of the upcoming transfer window, save 25% on Football Manager 2019 during this week's Midweek Madness*! *Offer ends February 4th at 10AM Pacific Time Football Manager 2019 now has a half-season demoNov 4, 2018 - PC GamerIf Joe's glowing review wasn't enough to make you pick up Football Manager 2019, which came out this week, then you can now play half a season for free in a newly-released demo. The demo will let you quick start seasons for a number of different leagues, and your save file will carry over to the full game, should you decide to purchase it.  Joe said it's the best ever in the series, with plenty of new headline features. I'm intrigued by the overhauled tactics system, which sounds like it manages to give you more control of your squad—particularly over what they do when they have the ball—while managing to be more streamlined, and easier to understand. Training has also been given a facelift, and so have player personalities. As Joe found out while managing Bayern Munich, a dressing room revolt is a real possibility.  You can grab the demo on Steam. The full game is £37.99/$49.99. Thanks, DSOGaming. Try before you buy with a Football Manager 2019 demoNov 4, 2018 - EurogamerSega has released a demo for the latest instalment of its football management sim, Football Manager 2019. While not formally announced on the game's news or updates feeds, the demo is now available via the game's Steam page. According to dsogaming (via PCGN), the demo provides you with half a season to give the sim a go and get acclimatised to the game's systems before commiting your hard-earned cash. Any progress you make will carry over should you like what you see and decide to pick up the full game. To grab the freebie, head on over to the Football Manager 19 Steam page. Read more… Football Manager 2019 is out nowNov 2, 2018 - PC GamerThe latest iteration in one of gaming's most intricate sim series' is live today on Steam. Football Manager is consistently good, but we particularly liked this year's edition, giving it a big score of 90 in our Football Manager 2019 review. This entry introduces VAR for maximum controversy, and streamlined tactical customisation options that let you set up your team's play style more easily. The new training options give you more detailed control of your players' progression while extending the dynamics systems introduced last year. As Joe says: "Whereas previous Football Manager games required Claudio Ranieri levels of tinkering to nail down personalised tactics, FM 19's system simplifies and streamlines the process, recommending on-pitch roles along the way, with the option to autofill your best-suited squad once the strategy is in place. I cannot stress how helpful that last part is.   In conclusion, this year's Football Manager is "the best at what it does, and FM 19 is the best it's ever been." It creates great stories too, like the one about a management sim fan who went on to become a football manager himself. If you're picking it up this weekend, do me a favour and rescue Aston Villa from their slump. If enough people do it we might somehow affect reality together. Wot I Think: Football Manager 2019Nov 1, 2018 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Developer: Sports Interactive Publisher: Sega Release: Out now! On: Windows and Mac OS X From: Steam For: 37.99, $49.99, 54.99 For those without much free time or a pre-existing, intimate understanding of its framework, understanding Football Manager s enormous locker room of riches has been a problem. You might be the most eager wannabe digital gaffer of all time, but if you can t digest the tools required to motivate players, scout new ones and combine their skills on the pitch, then your only legacy will be as perennial leader of the sack race. This season, developer Sports Interactive has worked hard, and come out victorious, in their quest to improve the way they present the possibilities offered by their annual franchise. It s easier than ever to be drawn into the world of Football Manager 2019, and set about becoming the next Pep Guardiola — or perhaps for the more modest and realistic amongst us, the next Steve Cotterill. (more…) Now Available on Steam - Football Manager 2019Nov 1, 2018 - Product ReleaseFootball Manager 2019 is Now Available on Steam! Simulation gaming perfected. Create your unique footballing story by taking charge of the club you love. Complete control of this stunningly realistic game world is yours - every decision in your hands, or yours to delegate. Your call, your way, your story. Everything you've ever dreamed of! Football Manager 2019 reviewOct 30, 2018 - PC GamerIf Manuel Neuer saves this I might keep my job. I mean, it was never a penalty. No one on the pitch thought so, not even the ref and his assistants. But VAR has bitten me on the backside, and now my time at Bayern Munich hangs in the balance. Football Manager 2019's latest matchday feature is ruthless. Video Assisted Referee, or VAR as the system is most commonly known, was introduced to real-world football at this summer's FIFA World Cup in Russia. Designed to aid on-pitch referees with contentious decisions, an off-pitch official watches the game remotely with access to all camera angles. Refs can consult VAR on complicated calls, and big decisions are often overturned. In FM 19, I've learned this the hard way.  And so my digital livelihood lies quite literally in the hands of my goalkeeper.  The ref blows his whistle. Neuer goes left. Sergio Agüero goes right. The net ripples, and my side's 2019-20 Champions League campaign is all but over. Manchester City will progress to the semi final on away goals, and, having been knocked out of the German Cup and placed fourth in the Bundesliga, I now dread my meeting with the chairman in the morning.  I'll blame this season's failures on VAR, of course, but it's more likely my unreliable tactics and unworkable training regimes behind the scenes are to blame. Both tactics and training have been overhauled in this year's Football Manager, and players now have more control over their team's play style than ever before.   A thorough but intuitive tutorial leads to the new 'tactical styles' system, which makes replicating real-world formations easier than previous series instalments. Creating your own entirely bespoke lineup is still possible, but borrowing from reality lets you mix and match tried and tested strategies with your own far-fetched plans. Doing so led me down a path of experimentation at Bayern—fully-licensed in Football Manager for the first time, alongside the entire Bundesliga—which has evidently failed the (probably not for long) champions of Germany.   Football Manager 2019 marks another impressive stride forward for the all-encompassing footie management simulator After a successful first season, I decided to step away from club's renowned strength, pace and one-touch football philosophya style masterfully refined by Pep Guardiola. I switched to an industrious 3-5-2 set up, with a focus on wingers and wide long balls. What can I say, I'm old school. And let's be honest: Tiki-Taka sounds more like a happy hour cocktail than it does a style of play characterised by short and fast passes.        Whereas previous Football Manager games required Claudio Ranieri levels of tinkering to nail down personalised tactics, FM 19's system simplifies and streamlines the process, recommending on-pitch roles along the way, with the option to auto...Football Manager 2019 review - rare blip in form for a sim with permanent classOct 30, 2018 - EurogamerSometimes - and I promise it's never for very long - I wonder why I like Football Manager. It's tempting to draw the easy comparison with football itself, to liken the highs and the lows to the perpetual undulations of your side's form out here in reality. But that's not it. Catch me at a moment of managerial despair and it'll rarely be after a loss, as much as those 40-shot, 80-per-cent-possession slumps at home can hurt. No, if I'm wondering why I do it to myself and what it's all for, it'll be because I've encountered a puzzle I cannot solve. Football Manager is a puzzle game, after all. It's a lot of games really - and that, if you were wondering, is part of why I love it - but it's a puzzle game first, I reckon. Because it's about fixing things - solving things - and getting them back up and running. It's an engineering sim as much as a management one, where it's your job to find a creaking, groaning, vintage locomotive and restore it to rightful, righteous condition. I know a lot of people are different, but that's why the cycle of despair is worth it for me: when you crack it. When you find the solution, be it a stubborn transfer negotiation or a huffing and puffing attack that just needs a goal to let the weight off. To get moving, so the old leviathan croaks and churns and rumbles into life. That too is why it's so frustrating when Football Manager 2019 teases you with a whole new way of solving your problems, a new toolbox for tinkering, only to force you away with an astonishing, extraordinarily impenetrable way of actually using it. Read more… Football Manager is an RPG 'with more NPCs than any other RPG on the planet'Oct 17, 2018 - PC GamerI like Football Manager, and I'm forever telling friends/colleagues/anyone who'll listen that, at its heart, it's a complex strategy game. If you hate football, you won't like it. But if you've even a passing interest in The Beautiful Game, I'm convinced you'll fall for its flood of stats, numbers, players and management sim mechanics. Granted, Miles Jacobson is inclined to agree, but the Sports Interactive head honcho also believes Football Manager shares core values with the RPG genre.  "I think Football Manager absolutely is a strategy game, but it's also an RPG," Jacobson tells me. "It's an RPG with more NPCs than any other RPG on the planet. It's an RPG that lets you completely create your own story, there's not a linear path in Football Manager and everyone's game is different. You are playing the role of a football manager when you're playing the game, and you're doing everything that a football manager would do in real life. So it should satisfy people in both the RPG and strategy camps.  "But, it is a football-based game, obviously. In the same way that there are some games I myself don't play because I don't like the setting—I'm personally not a big fan of elves and orcs, and never have been (give me Lego Hobbit and you're fine!), therefore a Lord of the Rings MMO probably isn't for me." Jacobson says that with this in mind, FM's yearly demo offers would-be players a taste of what to expect. Over half a season, players get up to ten to 12 hours in the dugout, and Jacobson says he and his team encourage those interested to try before they buy. Likewise saves carry over to the main game, should you choose to splash out thereafter. "We believe in the work that we do," adds Jacobson. "We strongly believe that it's important to allow people to try it before they buy. If they do end up buying it, the one thing that we can say for certainty is: it is the best value for money game available in the PC market. We're the most played singleplayer game on Steam per year. We've sold just over a million copies of FM18, that's 11 months after release. We still have half a million playing FM18 each month.  "To have that level of dedication amongst people, and a load of those will actually skip FM19 to carry on playing their FM18 saves. We have no issues with that at all. If people are enjoying one of our previous games as well, that's great. There are 300,000 people who're still playing 17, 16, 15 and 14 each month as well. In some cases it's four years after release. That's what we provide people in the PC landscape." Football Manager 2019 is due November 2, 2018. Look out for our full interview with Miles Jacobson about its new features in the coming days.