Some will say it's just a game, some will argue it's a way of life, but the fact is that Football Manager is deeply rooted in the sport which it simulates so successfully.
Coaches, footballers and top clubs are all in some way connected to Football Manager. For some, it serves as a good exercise, some use it for exploring new talents, while some clubs pay for the game's wast database and use it as a foundation for their own scouting purposes.
But it all started way back. The series we know today was created in 2004 after Sports Interactive separated from the original series publisher Eidos Interactive. Thus, the Championship Manager developers continued working on what they knew the best.
Football Manager 2019 - Fastest selling & most played
On one weekend in May this year, Football Manager 2019 was played by more than 70,000 players, that's 40 per cent more than last year, breaking the series record of most active players recorded on Steam.
Also, FM 19 is set to become the fastest selling game coming from Sports Interactive, predicted to happen sometime next week. Confirmed by the studio director Michael Jacobson on twitter.
It looks like it's #FM19 is going to be our 7th PC/Mac release in a row to sell more than 1m units. Last year we hit that milestone on Sep 1st. This years we should hit it 2 months earlier, some point in the next week. Fastest selling. Most played per person. Best #valueformoney. https://t.co/5C91fudmb9— Miles Jacobson (@milesSI) June 25, 2019
And with SI announcing that Football Manager 2020 will be featured on Google Stadia next year, we can only imagine that FM 2020 will break some more records.
The fact that there is no real competition to FM only proves the elite status that Football Manager has in the footy management simulation department. When you tell someone you're playing manager, they'll know exactly which game you're talking about.