Retro Football: EA Sports Write Letter To ‘Football Manager’ Designers To Reject Their ‘Unappealing’ Concept, 1991 (Photo)

Chris Wright

24th, August 2016


Back in the early 1990s, EA Sports were approached by the creators of the ‘Football Manager’ series and asked if they had any interest in developing the game they had designed in their bedroom.

Brothers Paul and Oliver Collyer were hoping to publish their simple football management simulator game called ‘European Champions’, but EA passed on the basis that there was no way on Earth they’d be able to successfully flog a sports game that featured no “live action” .

Unfortunately for EA, after a bit of tinkering ‘European Champions’ soon morphed first into the popular ‘Championship Manager’ franchise and then, latterly, into the multi-million selling, life-dominating phenomenon that is Football Manager.

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