FIFA Manager 14 makes sports gaming history

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The FIFA Manager line is ending. FIFA Manager 14 will be the last game of the football (soccer to us Yanks) management sim series from Electronic Arts. Gerald Kohler, the creator and designer of the games, posted an open letter to fans regarding the decision to end the franchise. Kohler explained that the market for the management sim genre is dominated by one title, presumably the Football Manager series, and there just wasn’t enough budget to compete.

The football manager genre at this level of sophistication is highly specialised and primarily played in two countries (England and Germany), in which – on top of everything – one game has practically dominated the market in recent years. The niche market and general trend toward online and mobile games were also contributing factors. Moreover, FM had reached a crossroads at which a new engine and/or corresponding online technology would be the only way to give the series a boost. When all these factors were evaluated, it led us to the decision to blow the final whistle.

The FIFA Manager games began in 2002.