“One game has practically dominated the market in recent years”
EA Sports has cancelled its FIFA Manager series, with the franchise founder citing competition and technology as major factors.
“The football manager genre at this level of sophistication is highly specialised and primarily played in two countries (England and Germany), in which – on top of everything – one game has practically dominated the market in recent years,” explained Gerald Köhler.
“The niche market and general trend toward online and mobile games were also contributing factors. Moreover, FM had reached a crossroads at which a new engine and/or corresponding online technology would be the only way to give the series a boost. When all these factors were evaluated, it led us to the decision to blow the final whistle.”
The series Köhler refers to in the statement is almost certainly Football Manager from Sports Interactive.
FIFA Manager started out as Total Club Manager 2003, released in 2002, but 2005 brought a change of name with FIFA Manager 06.
About time I say! The “Football Manager” series has dominated for years and years now… they should’ve thrown in the towel many years ago.
Cant’ say i’m too sad about this. I wish they would bring back the football manager though. I actually liked that game.
I played a couple of the FIFA management games, but never got into them. They just weren’t as good as Champ Manager/Football Manager, although these days I don’t play those games either as they have gotten too complicated and time consuming.