Sports Interactive

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Sports Interactive
Type Subsidiary of Sega
Industry Interactive entertainment
Founded 1994
Founders Paul and Oliver Collyer MBEs
Headquarters Islington, London, United Kingdom
Key people Miles Jacobson OBE (Studio Director)
Products Football Manager series
Football Manager Live
Employees +70 [1]
Parent Sega
Website www.sigames.com

Sports Interactive Limited is the creative studio behind the Football Manager series of interactive games. Based in Old Street, Central London the studio is wholly owned by the Japanese software and video game company Sega. In addition to its work on Football Manager, the studio has also created a number of other sports management simulations including NHL Eastside Hockey Manager and Championship Manager Quiz, and is the former developer of Championship Manager. Each release of Championship Manager/Football Manager has traditionally been one of the fastest selling PC games in the UK with Championship Manager 4 the fastest of all time.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Founded by Paul Collyer and Oliver Collyer, the company is commonly abbreviated to "SI" amongst fans of their games. In 2003, it was announced Sports Interactive would no longer develop games under the brand Championship Manager as this was owned by publisher Eidos Interactive. Instead on 12 February 2004 it was announced that Sports Interactive had signed a publishing deal with Sega and would produce its new football management games under the self-owned brand of Football Manager.

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

Sports Interactive have had a relationship with AFC Wimbledon since the club's formation: Championship Manager 01-02 contains a pro-AFC Wimbledon message occasionally visible at start-up (along with a similarly rare but now rather dated "Save Chip!" message), and they are currently AFC Wimbledon's main sponsors, with their logo appearing on the team strip, although a similar deal now exists with Watford FC.

In 2004, Sports Interactive announced a deal to help develop Markus Heinsohn's Out of the Park Baseball.[2]

Sega[edit]

On April 4, 2006 it was announced that Sega Holdings Europe Ltd, holding company for Sports Interactive's publishers Sega, had acquired Sports Interactive.

On January 1, 2007 Sports Interactive announced that they were beginning work on a new game. The only detail revealed has stated that the game will be football-based, this is Football Manager Handheld 06 and so on

Football Manager Live[edit]

On April 20, 2007, Sports Interactive announced the release of a "brand new massively multiplayer online football management game" entitled Football Manager Live[3] similar to that of Football Manager 2007, but, as the name suggests, played completely online by up to 1000 people within any "gameworld" of which there will be multiple. The game was originally announced to be released in March 2008 but the game was actually released January 23, 2009.[4] The game uses a database comprising over 330,000 football players and 10 playable leagues. In addition, game players can talk to one another via in-game chats.

Games[edit]

Accolades[edit]

In 2010 co-founders of Sports Interactive Paul Collyer and Oliver Collyer were appointed as Members of the Order of the British Empire for their services to the computer game industry.

In 2011 Studio Director of Sports Interactive Miles Jacobson was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire again for service to the computer game industry.

Staff[edit]

  • Paul Collyer (Chairman)
  • Oliver Collyer (Chairman)
  • Miles Jacobson (Studio Director)
  • Grant Appleyard (Senior Producer)
  • Marc Duffy (Product Manager)
  • Svein Kvernoey (Technical Director)
  • Marc Vaughan (Head of Handheld Development)
  • Paul Hecker (Producer)
  • Jamie Bailey (Producer)
  • Neil Dejyothin (Producer)
  • Jean Sunwoo (Producer & Translator)
  • Mark Nutt (Handheld Producer)
  • Craig Hunter (Artist)
  • Chris Rice (Artist)
  • Ronnie Ochero (Artist)
  • Mark Smith (Animator)
  • Philip Rolfe (Media)
  • Mark Woodger (Head of Research & Localisation)
  • Dean Gripton (Head Researcher - England)
  • Pete Sottrel (Research)
  • Simon Tipple (Research)
  • Kevin Turner (Programmer)
  • Niall Redmond (Programmer)
  • David Crammond (Programmer)
  • Dave Owens (Programmer)
  • Graeme Kelly (Programmer)
  • Risto Remes (Programmer)
  • Ed Lambert (Programmer)
  • Richard Jones (Programmer)
  • Martin Smith (Programmer)
  • Nick Habershon (Programmer)
  • John Schofield (Programmer)
  • Riz Remes (Programmer)
  • Okwaeze Otusi (Programmer)
  • Michael Nygreen (Programmer)
  • David Soley (Programmer)
  • Keith Flannery (Programmer)
  • Neil Brock (Community Administrator)
  • Stuart Warren (QA Manager)
  • Ben Kenney (QA)
  • Olly Kenney (QA)
  • Glenn Wakefield (QA)
  • Bardi Golriz (QA)
  • Ant Farley (QA)
  • Henry Charnock (QA)
  • Michael Burling (QA)
  • Lucas Weatherby (QA)
  • Stuart Coleman (QA)
  • Alari Naylor (QA)
  • Paul Dejyothin (IT Team)
  • Navdeep Dhanjal (IT Team)
  • Alex Bell (Office Manager)
  • Tom Stabb (Digital marketing)

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