MANAGER IS TOPS
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[ April 1st 2003 ]
Manager 4 has smashed all records for UK PC game
sales, having generated retail sales of 124,627
in its first week of release, according to the
official UK chart organisation Chart-Track. This
more than doubles the sales achieved by the previous
PC best-seller, Championship Manager: Season 01/02.
This phenomenal performance has also propelled
CM4 into the top three of Chart-Track's 'All-Formats'
fastest-seller list, with only the two PlayStation
2 smash hits, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and
The Getaway, standing above it.
released on March 28th 2003 by Eidos Interactive.
The game, developed by Sports Interactive, is
the latest in the best-selling series of football
management games which has sold more than 3,000,000
copies worldwide since its initial launch in 1992.
"This is fantastic news and a tribute to the hard
work put in by everyone at Sports Interactive,
our own sales and marketing teams and our retail
partners," says Jonathan Kemp, Eidos' European
Managing Director. "We are confident of maintaining
strong sales as most of the mainstream campaign,
including TV and radio, has yet to begin."
been clear for some time now that we were going
to have a hit on our hands, but for our game to
gatecrash the upper echelons of the Sony-dominated
all-formats chart is an almost unbelievable achievement,"
adds Miles Jacobson, Managing Director of Sports
Interactive. "I would like to thank all of the
people in the game's massively-supportive fan
base for their help and encouragement and every
single member of the development team who are
now finally seeing some real payback for all of
the long nights and extra effort that they've
had to put in over the past few months."
Manager is the most successful computer game series
in UK history. The game not only generates increased
sales with every successive release, it has also
attracted one of the most loyal and active fan
bases of any game, many of whom contribute to
its continued development through data research
and other contributions via the Sports Interactive
website. The game has even spawned its own dedicated
professional football players and coaches throughout
the world count Championship Manager among their
hobbies. The all-consuming devotion of certain
fans is such that it has even been cited in divorce