The Studio

About The Studio

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 almost 100 full time people in the team.

The SI team is expanded by more than 1,300 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. In June 2014, Football Manager 2014 broke the PC Chart record for the most weeks at number one (23) and, to date, has now bettered that by 8 weeks bringing the total to 31 weeks at the top. Football Manager Handheld has also been a big success on PSP, iOS and most recently Android devices. Football Manager Classic 2014, recently in April of the same year, was also the studio's first release on the PlayStation Vita. 

The studio is currently working hard on new iterations of the Football Manager and Football Manager Handheld series 20+ years after 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 and would like to find out about jobs at Sports Interactive, please check out our Careers section

Studio history

1992

  • Ov & Paul release their first game

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

1994

  • Move into first office

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

  • Sports Interactive formed as a studio

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

1997

  • Move to new offices

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

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.

  • Football Manager 2005 released

    The very first Football Manager title is released.

  • 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.

2005

  • EHM 2005 released

    The 2005 installment of NHL Eastside Hockey Manager for PC & Mac was released

  • Football Manager first released on Xbox

    The very first installment of Football Manager for Xbox was released.

  • FM 2006 released

    The 2006 installment of Football Manager for PC & Mac was released

2006

  • Sports Interactive purchased by Sega

    After having worked with SEGA for a year previously, Sports Interactive was purchased by SEGA in 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.

  • FMH first released

    The very first installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released.

  • OOTP 2006 released

    The 2006 installment of Out of the Park Baseball for PC & Mac was released.

  • FM 2007 released

    The 2007 installment of Football Manager for PC/Mac was released

  • FMH 2007 released

    The 2007 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released

  • FM 2007 for Xbox released

    The 2007 installment of Football Manager for Xbox was released

2007

  • OOTP 2007 released

    The 2007 installment of Out of the Park Baseball for PC & Mac was released

  • FMH 2008 released

    The 2008 installment of Football Manager for PSP was released

  • FM 2008 released

    The 2008 installment of Football Manager for PC & Mac was released

2008

  • FM 2008 for Xbox released

    The 2008 installment of Football Manager for Xbox was released

  • FML released

    Sports Interactive's first foray into MMO gaming, Football Manager Live was released.

  • FM 2009 released

    The 2009 version of Football Manager for PC & Mac was released.

  • FMH 2009 Released

    The 2009 version of Football Manager for PSP was released.

2009

  • FMH 2010 released

    The 2010 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released

  • FM 2010 released

    The 2010 version of Football Manager for PC & Mac was released.

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.

  • FMHi 2010 released

    The 2010 installment of Football Manager Handheld for iPod & iPhone was released

  • FMH 2011 released

    The 2011 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released

  • FMHi 2011 released

    The 2011 installment of Football Manager Handheld for iOS was released

  • FM 2011 released

    The 2011 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PC & Mac was released

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.

  • FM 2012 released

    The 2012 installment of Football Manager for PC/Mac was released

  • FMH 2012 released

    The 2012 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released

  • FMHi 2012 released

    The 2012 installments of Football Manager Handheld for iPhone/iPod and iPad was released

2012

  • FMHi for Android released

    This was the first release of FMHi on an Android platform.

  • FM 2013 released

    The 2013 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PC/Mac was released

  • FMH 2013 released

    The 2013 installment of Football Manager Handheld for PSP was released

  • FMHi 2013 released on iOS

    The 2013 installment of Football Manager Handheld was released for iOS devices

  • FMHi 2013 for Android released

    The second installment of Football Manager Handheld on Android was released for 2013

2013

  • FM 2014 released

    The 2014 installment of Football Manager was released for PC/Mac, and for the first time ever, Linux 

  • FMHi 2014 released on iOS

    The 2014 installment of Football Manager Handheld was released for iOS devices 

  • FMHi 2014 for Android released

    The 2014 installment of Football Manager Handheld was released for Android devices 

2014

  • Football Manager Classic 2014 Released on PS Vita

    Football Manager Classic 2014 was our first ever release on the PlayStation Vita. 

  • Football Manager Documentary released

    A feature length film, made by FilmNova, was exclusively screened in the UK & Ireland on October 7th with Vue Cinemas. The documentary was also shown the same day in 40+ countries by L'ÉquipeFox Sports and various other broadcasters. 

  • FM15 Released

    The 11th installment of the Football Manager series was released on November 7th 2014

  • FMH15 released on iOS & Android

    The 2015 installment of Football Manager Handheld was released for iOS and Android devices. 

2015

  • Eastside Hockey Manager: Early Access Released

    Eastside Hockey Manager was released on March 26th via Steam's Early Access program. This was the first return of EHM since it's last release in 2007. 

  • FMC15 Released on iPad & Android tablets

    Football Manager Classic 2015 was released on April 9th and is the first handheld version of FM to contain the 3D Match Engine 

Studio awards

2000

  • PC Zone Editorial Award

2001

  • BAFTA Amazon.co.uk Audience Award

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game

2003

  • Develop Industry Excellence

  • MCV Industry Excellence

  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year

  • Golden Joystick - Best of British

  • Game Stars People's Choice

  • Game Starts Best Sports Game

2004

  • Real Business Hot 100

2005

  • BAFTA PC World Gamers Award

  • Develop Industry Excellence

  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year

2006

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game

  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game

2007

  • PC Game of the Year

  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year

  • BAFTA PC World Gamers Award

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game

2008

  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year

2009

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game

  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year

  • Golden Joystick - Handheld GOTY

  • Golden Joystick - Ultimate GOTY

  • Golden Joystick - UK Developer of the Year

2010

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game

  • Golden Joystick - Handheld GOTY

  • Golden Joystick - Online GOTY

  • Golden Joystick - PC Game of the Year

  • Golden Joystick - UK Developer of the Year

  • Golden Joystick - Ultimate GOTY

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game

  • BAFTA Best Strategy Game

2011

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game

  • Golden Joystick - Best Sports Game

  • Golden Joystick - Mobile GOTY

2012

  • BAFTA Best Strategy Game

  • Golden Joystick - Best Sports Game

2013

  • BAFTA Best Strategy Game

2014

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game

  • Digital Spy's World Cup of Football Games Winner

2015

  • BAFTA Best Sports Game