Football Manager Live

Jan 3, 2008

The idea is as simple as it is brilliant. The pick ’n’ mix playfulness of fantasy football crossed with the devilish detail of the Football Manager series. It’s got such potential and obvious appeal that it almost reeks of some cynical marketing meeting: “Guys, I just want to say this: ‘FML, the MMO that’s a new USP for our key IP!’”

But no. Rather like the bedroom-coded origins of Sports Interactive’s first title- the genre-reviving and defining Championship Manager- the genesis of Football Manager Live is something much more personal. After working for years at Sports Interactive ever since leaving school, Champ Man’s co-creator Oliver ‘Ov’ Collyer decided to take a break from it all and go travelling.