In the past you’d needed to have a website or perhaps a discussion board if you wanted to share your thoughts and opinions on Football Manager with the rest of the FM community.
But ever since the creators of Football Manager made it possible to connect and share your own gaming experience via social networking sites as well as YouTube, a lot of fantastic YouTube channels related to Football Manager had been created and with this article we're giving a proper acknowledgement to the very best of them. We were the pioneers of combining YouTube and FM, so we know it is tough to gain viewers, therefore we hope to help all of the channel owners in gaining new audience.
So with no further ado, here is what channel owners have to say. Find out who they are, when and why did they start video blogging, and what do they hope to achieve.
Channel URL: http://www.youtube.com/TotalTeamTalkFQS
Video Views: 52.000
Date Joined: Jan 31, 2012
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My Names Rik, and I've been uploading my FM stories for almost a year now. I started uploading because i have plenty of experience with the game and believe i can give hints and tips as well as putting together an entertaining video for my subscribers.
Another huge benefit of YouTubing is Networking. I've met some cool people because of FM and YouTube and there is a real sense of community, people helping each others channel grow and giving hints and tips when it comes to making videos.
Currently i run a Football Manager Community Channel where people can send me clips/videos to upload to a different audience in the hope to gain new subscribers because getting your channel off the ground is the hardest part, i hope to help people get over the first hurdle.
Myself and the lads used this sense of community to raise £2,500 for cancer research uk with a 24hr live stream fundraiser. This event gained attention from professionally footballers, football pundits and Miles Jacobson from sports interactive. We even had Reading Striker Adam Le Fondre playing FM with us in the stream. This is the kind the kind of thing we would love to do on a yearly basis rotating the charities round. We plan to do something similar for Help for Heroes
Channel URL: http://www.youtube.com/fmhandheld
Video Views: 67.174
Date Joined: May 12, 2011
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My name is William,otherwise known as FMHandheld and I currently run a YouTube channel based around Football Manager Handheld 2012 gameplay footage.
My channel currently has 183 subscribers and a whopping 65,000 video views which I am very proud of. I got into YouTube simply due to my love of Football Manager Handheld, and I love interacting with my viewers/subscribers on a frequent basis.
I started off my channel in May 2011, having previously ran a different FMH related channel, but due to ownership reasons, I started afresh. It started off with me uploading a video once a week or fortnight, revolving around casual uploading, but once these videos starting picking up views (e.g. the Liverpool relegation challenge) I realized that a lot of people wanted more of these videos. It has only been since around January that I picked up my uploads significantly and started doing daily uploads, bringing in other games like Football Manager 2012 on PC, Minecraft and Team Fortress 2.
In early February, I also signed a contract with TGN Sports, a YouTube gaming company, and I make videos for there site. This benefits me in the sense that my videos get more recognition and are open to a larger audience (a 2.5K user base) but also allows TGNSports to gain a new sport for their channel. I am also a moderator at TGN Sports, meaning I am a busy man, recruiting fresh talent and uploading videos for the channel.
The future is looking bright, with several hundred views coming in per day, and a lot of new series I have planned for 2012 I think my channel will only continue to expand. I am passionate about what I do and extremely excited for what lies ahead. I'll be impressed if you read this far, but if you did, thank you!
Angry Manager Bloke (MediaMachinima)
Channel URL: http://www.youtube.com/MediaMachinima
Video Views: 611.508
Date Joined: Feb 8, 2010
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I'm just a guy who played FM for years as a kid, and like so many people just raged and raged at it to the point of insanity. I picked it back up again in 2011 after about 5 or 6 years of not playing a single second of it since.
As a youtuber, I initially started out as a Halo guy, I originally intended on making short machinima using Halo, however that idea quickly got stale and buried underneath the up and coming commentary community which had just started to blow up as and when I got my first capture card- a Dazzle. This was in about November 2009 and I stuck with it for a while, but I eventually hopped on the bang wagon and did a commentary- again sticking with Halo, with Reach being the new release, I started on that but quickly found it to be not in my taste as compared to previous Halo's.
This was when I went looking for a new game to commentate over, something original and not jumping on the old CoD band wagon. I was going to pack the whole YouTube thing in, giving up thinking every original idea had been taken, when I saw in my local HMV; Football Manager 2011, I bought and next thing you know, I start doing commentaries for it at the start of 2011. I searched on YouTube and there appeared to only be a handful of people actually commentating on this game trying to make a sort of 'Lets Play' out of it, ahead of all the spam videos of crappy random highlight uploads.
I didn't really know which way to go about it, so I just stuck it out and did a play-by play game of each match I played. Of course, it took me a while to get used to it again, but my confidence grew with each game, soon I got used to it and it felt pretty second nature playing this game again, just as it did back in 2005.
I started out with Liverpool as they are my team and obviously the one I felt most comfortable with. By the end of that season, I'd won the title, gained a small following on YouTube and met some great people. It felt extremely rewarding.
Ever since then, I've started numerous other series in FM11 and FM12, including playing with Liverpool once again and other teams including Cardiff, Southampton as well as a small international series taking England into Euro 2012. I've done small one offs as well, for example making a Dream Team and pitting them against an amateur team for a laugh, and even putting Soccer AM into the main database and actually managing them, taking it from a small group of amateurs to hopefully, a full fledged professional team!
Future plans for my channel include sticking with Liverpool for numerous years- currently in 2023 and taking it much further than that, guiding Cardiff to safety in the Premier League, and managing a debt-ridden Soccer AM joke team. I also have plans to simulate this summers entire Euro 2012 tournament in FM12, provided I can get the database sorted!
I was very lucky to be at the start of this whole YouTube Football Manager community thing, I hope to see it grow and grow into something much bigger and of course, more successful as well!
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