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Sports Interactive are the world’s leading developer of football management simulations through its Football Manager series of games. Brothers Paul & Oliver Collyer MBE’s released their first management game in 1992 before founding Sports Interactive in 1994. Based in the Old Street area of London, there are now more than 70 full time people in the team.

The SI team is expanded by more than 1,000 researchers across the world whose research makes up the world largest football database, as well as a contracted QA team on-site, and over 100 offsite beta testers.

Oliver & Paul are both still at the studio now concentrating on their passion for programming, with the studio now led by Miles Jacobson OBE, who first worked with SI as a beta tester in 1994, and has held various roles at the studio both part-time and full-time. He was asked by Ov & Paul to become Managing Director of the studio in 2000.

Many of the team have been part of the studio for more than 10 years, alongside Ov, Paul & Miles, like Marc Vaughan, the lead on Football Manager Handheld, Marc Duffy who heads up the online operations at the studio and Mark Woodger who heads up the research & translation team.

Unlike most studios, there is no one at Sports Interactive with the specific job title of “designer”. Everyone at the studio is able to get involved in the design of our games, as well as having many active communities around the game who are constantly coming up with new ideas for our games, with one or two people responsible for deciding on which features go into each annual iteration on each project.

The studio has had a lot of success over the years, both critically and commercially, with more weeks at no.1 in the UK PC chart than Madonna and U2 have managed in the albums chart between them and a string of awards from around the world. Football Manager Handheld has also been a big success on both the PSP and iDevices.

The studio is currently working on new iterations of the Football Manager and Football Manager Handheld series in what is the 20th anniversary of the first football management release from Oliver and Paul.

We’re also working on a new online management concept Football Manager Online, a joint development between SI & KTH (a South Korean telecoms company), which will be released in South Korea during the year, and our R&D and tech teams are always working on new items and technology that will appear in future games, help the studio with future platforms or even become games in their own right.

If you’re interested in becoming part of the team, please check out our careers section.

September 1992
Ov & Paul release their first game

In 1992, the Collyer brothers released their very first football management game.

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June 1994
Sports Interactive formed as a studio

In 1994 Sports Interactive was first officially formed as a studio.

July 1994
Move into first office

Shortly after forming as a studio, Sports Interactive moved into their first office on Compton Terrace, Islington

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January 1997
Move to new offices

As the studio starts to grow, Sports Interactive move into new offices at Islington House, Upper Street

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February 2004
Partnership with SEGA

Sega Europe and Sports Interactive announced a partnership that grants Sega the worldwide rights to publish all output from Sports Interactive for five years.

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July 2004
Eastside Hockey Manager released

The game went by the working title of "Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition" before being released by Sega under the name of NHL Eastside Hockey Manager in 2004.

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November 2004
Football Manager 2005 released
The very first Football Manager title is released.
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May 2005
EHM 2005 Released
The 2005 installment of NHL Eastside Hockey Manager for PC & Mac was released
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October 2005
Football Manager First Released on Xbox
The very first installment of Football Manager for Xbox was released.
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October 2005
FM 2006 Released
The 2006 installment of Football Manager for PC & Mac was released
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April 2006
Sports Interactive purchased by Sega
After having worked with SEGA for a year previously, Sports Interactive was purchased by SEGA in 2006.
April 2006
Moved to Old Street offices
In 2006 Sports Interactive moved to their current location in Old Street, based in the heart of the Silicon Roundabout in London.
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April 2006
FMH First Released
The very first installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released.
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May 2006
OOTP 2006 Released
The 2006 installment of Out of the Park Baseball for PC & Mac was released
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September 2006
EHM 2007 Released
The 2007 installment of NHL Eastside Hockey Manager for PC & Mac was released
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October 2006
FM 2007 Released
The 2007 installment of Football Manager for PC & Mac was released
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December 2006
FMH 2007 Released
The 2007 installment of Football Manager for PSP was released
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December 2006
FM 2007 for Xbox Released
The 2007 installment of Football Manager for Xbox was released
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March 2007
OOTP 2007 Released
The 2007 installment of Out of the Park Baseball for PC & Mac was released
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October 2007
FMH 2008 Released
The 2008 installment of Football Manager for PSP was released
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October 2007
FM 2008 Released
The 2008 installment of Football Manager for PC & Mac was released
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March 2008
FM 2008 for Xbox Released
The 2008 installment of Football Manager for Xbox was released
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October 2008
FML Released
Sports Interactive's first foray into MMO gaming, Football Manager Live was released.
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November 2008
FM 2009 Released
The 2009 version of Football Manager for PC & Mac was released.
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November 2008
FMH 2009 Released
The 2009 version of Football Manager for PSP was released.
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October 2009
FMH 2010 Released
The 2010 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released
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October 2009
FM 2010 Released
The 2010 version of Football Manager for PC & Mac was released.
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January 2010
Ov & Paul Collyer awarded MBE's
Sports Interactive founders, Ov & Paul Collyer were both appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to the computer game industry.
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April 2010
FMHi 2010 Released
The 2010 installment of Football Manager Handheld for iPod & iPhone was released
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November 2010
FMH 2011 Released
The 2011 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released
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November 2010
FM 2011 Released
The 2011 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PC & Mac was released
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December 2010
FMHi 2011 Released
The 2011 installment of Football Manager Handheld for iPod, iPhone and iPad was released
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January 2011
Miles Jacobson awarded OBE
Sports Interactive studio director, Miles Jacobson was appointed Order of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to the computer game industry.
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October 2011
FM 2012 Released
The 2012 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PC/Mac was released
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October 2011
FMH 2012 Released
The 2012 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released
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December 2011
FMHi 2012 Released
The 2012 installments of Football Manager Handheld for iPhone/iPod and iPad was released
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  • PC Zone Editorial Award
    PC Zone Editorial Award
    2000
  • BAFTA Amazon.co.uk Audience Award
    BAFTA Amazon.co.uk Audience Award
    2001
  • BAFTA Best Sports Game
    BAFTA Best Sports Game
    2001
  • Develop Industry Excellence
    Develop Industry Excellence
    2003
  • MCV Industry Excellence
    MCV Industry Excellence
    2003
  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year
    Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year
    2003
  • Golden Joystick - Best of British
    Golden Joystick - Best of British
    2003
  • Game Stars People Choice
    Game Stars People Choice
    2003
  • Game Stars Best Sports Game
    Game Stars Best Sports Game
    2003
  • Real Business Hot 100
    Real Business Hot 100
    2004
  • BAFTA PC World Gamers Award
    BAFTA PC World Gamers Award
    2005
  • Develop Industry Excellence
    Develop Industry Excellence
    2005
  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year
    2005
  • BAFTA Best Sports Game (Nominated)
    BAFTA Best Sports Game
    2006
  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year
    2006
  • BAFTA Best Sports Game (Nominated)
    BAFTA Best Sports Game
    2006
  • PC Game of the Year
    PC Game of the Year
    2007
  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year
    2007
  • BAFTA PC World Gamers Award
    BAFTA PC World Gamers Award
    2007
  • BAFTA Best Sports Game (Nominated)
    BAFTA Best Sports Game
    2007
  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year
    2008
  • BAFTA Best Sports Game (Nominated)
    BAFTA Best Sports Game
    2009
  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of The Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - PC Game of The Year
    2009
  • Golden Joystick - Handheld Game of The Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - Handheld GOTY
    2009
  • Ultimate Game of The Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - Ultimate GOTY
    2009
  • Golden Joystick - UK Developer of The Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - UK Developer of The Year
    2009
  • BAFTA Best Sports Game (Nominated)
    BAFTA Best Sports Game
    2010
  • Golden Joystick - Handheld GOTY (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - Handheld GOTY
    2010
  • Golden Joystick - Online Game of The Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - Online GOTY
    2010
  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of The Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - PC Game of The Year
    2010
  • Golden Joystick - UK Developer of The Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - UK Developer of The Year
    2010
  • Ultimate Game of The Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - Ultimate GOTY
    2010
  • BAFTA Best Sports Game (Nominated)
    BAFTA Best Sports Game
    2010
  • BAFTA Best Strategy Game (Nominated)
    BAFTA Best Strategy Game
    2010
  • BAFTA Best Sports Game (Nominated)
    BAFTA Best Sports Game
    2011
  • Golden Joystick - Sports Game of the Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - Best Sports Game
    2011
  • Golden Joystick - Mobile Game of the Year (Nominated)
    Golden Joystick - Mobile GOTY
    2011
*We've won more awards than this but we think they've been lost! We'll try and add them in as we find them.