March 26th, 2015
Tom Davidson, the holder of the Studio's 'Best Job' title, talks to SI InSIder
Name: Tom Davidson
Role: Football Analyst
Team Supported: Nottingham Forest
1. What is your role at Sports Interactive and what does it involve day-to-day?
My role involves using Football Manager to create content for the media, usually in the form of simulations related to whatever’s being talked about in football. I work closely with media outlets both in the UK and internationally so I could be simulating the remainder of the English football season one day and then producing a profile about a new signing in Belgium the next. Over the last couple of years I’ve also been interviewed on TV and radio about some of the FM simulations as well as the game in general.
Aside from that, I’m also involved in the PR side of things here at the studio as well as helping capture video footage, take screenshots and write blogs around the game’s release.
2. What’s the best thing about working at Sports Interactive?
Being able to work on something that I’m passionate about and that I’ve been playing since I was about 6 years old. I’ve been at SI for just over two years now and I feel incredibly lucky be involved as part of the team here.
3. If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to work in a role similar to yours, what would it be?
Take every opportunity that comes your way – I wouldn’t be in my job if I hadn’t followed that advice.
4. What are your interests and past times outside of work?
I watch and play a lot of sport although I’m terrible at all of them! Apart from football, I’m keen on tennis, cricket, Formula 1, cycling and American sports. I also play a lot of computer games and I’m interested in music, film and TV.
5. What’s the best game tip you can give to someone to do better on Football Manager?
Two words my friends, Carlos Fierro. He’s an absolute goal machine. If you can’t afford him then tailor everything at the club around the style of football you want to play – from signing players that fit the roles you play with to changing the dimensions of the pitch to suit the style of play that you use. Also, it’s worth investing in your youth team and facilities so you don’t find yourself short of quality when your current squad starts to age.