We’ve just been spanked 5-0 by Sports Interactive’s Managing Director, Miles Jacobson. Fielding a team of Slovakian journeymen and Serie B rejects, it’s hardly a surprise to see the likes of Adriano and co. cut our threadbare defense to pieces like a hot chainsaw through melted butter. But it’s early days yet and with this being only our first match of a game that every Football Manager fan has been crying out for, we’re not going to get too depressed just yet. With Jacobson onboard for a rematch, all we have to do now is turn this bunch of no-hopers into would-be challengers. And there lies the instant appeal of Football Manager Live.
Having said that, online FM isn’t quite what you’d expect. Rather than being a straight online port of the latest FM iteration, it’s more like a cross between a watered down FM07, Fantasy Football and an auction site like eBay.
The brainchild of Sports Interactive co-founder Oliver Collyer, the game began as a two-man operation when said Collyer brother returned from his global wanderings with his waning passion for games development re-ignited.
“When Oliver came back from traveling, he realized that he wanted to make games again, and he’d been thinking about a more mainstream, massively multiplayer version of Football Manager,” explains Jacobson.
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