In an effort to combat piracy...
Sega has revealed that Football Manager 2012 will require Steam activation to play.
Players of the classic management sim will need to install the Steam client and register the game online before it can be played.
Once that is done, Football Manager 2012 will be free to play offline.
Sega have cited the need to combat piracy as the reason for their decision, claiming that if 25% if users who illegally download the game were to actually buy it, sales would be doubled.
The company further claim that the move will strengthen development budgets, making for better Football Manager games going forward.
Steam offers a range of benefits, including cloud saving support and free auto updates, and has enabled gamers to download the franchise without the need of a disc for the last few years.
Football Manager 2012 is released on PC and Mac on October 21.
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