Collyer brothers (game designers)

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Paul Edward Collyer MBE and Oliver Charles "Ov" Collyer MBE are two English computer game designers and programmers. They founded the development company Sports Interactive in 1992 and created the Championship Manager series of football video games, which became the Football Manager series in 2004. They also created a game called Football Manager Live. The Collyer brothers often inserted themselves into their own games, as below average players, not good enough to play for even the worst teams.[citation needed]

The brothers are avid supporters of Everton F.C.[1] and were, in 2006, rumoured to be considering a takeover bid for the club.[2]

Oliver currently lives in Istanbul.[3]

They were both appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to the computer game industry.[4]


  1. ^ Keith Stuart (2007-04-23). "Football Manager goes MMO". Games. Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  2. ^ Wikinews:Collyer brothers to bid for Everton F.C.?
  3. ^ iTunes (2008-01-11). "The Football Manager Podcast 12". (Podcast). Kazoo Publishing. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59282. p. 14. 31 December 2009.