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Eidos Announces Launch Of Championship Manager Online

The world champion of football management goes online.

Eidos, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces the launch of an online version of the number one selling football management simulation Championship Manager. Championship Manager Online will be playable through subscription at www.cm-online.com from Monday, 28th February 2005.

Championship Manager Online is a stand-alone massive multiplayer online football management simulation. As well as testing your managerial skills against thousands of human opponents, the game offers a "buddy league" mode that lets you compete in a league against just your friends. Championship Manager Online is being developed by online games specialist Jadestone in conjunction with Beautiful Game Studios, developer of the PC version of Championship Manager.

Championship Manager Online will provide the same realism and depth that have become hallmarks of the series. Choose to manage a club from one of six national leagues (England, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Germany and France) dealing with everything from transfers and tactics to training. New leagues will be added and the game will be continually updated to reflect changes in the real-world of football. You can also be kept informed of your team's progress at all times via SMS. Within the game, users are grouped together in separate "worlds" meaning that there can only ever be one of each player and club in each individual world.

John Webb, Championship Manager brand director at Eidos says:

"Championship Manager Online is the latest part of our strategy of making the Championship Manager brand a constant part of every football fan's life. Offering an online version will help attract new fans to the series as well as provide existing fans the opportunity to test their managerial skills against human opposition to see who is the real Championship Manager."

Features:

  • For the first time take the total Championship Manager experience online
  • Play head-to-head with other real-life managers
  • Experience absolute realism with only one occurrence of each team or player
  • Challenge your mates and their teams in 'Buddy Leagues'
  • Build your reputation and career to ultimately manage the biggest clubs in Europe

Visit www.cm-online.com

For further information, please contact:

Mark Allen (PR Manager) or Roxana Daneshmand (PR Assistant) at:

Eidos, Wimbledon Bridge House, 1 Hartfield Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 3RU

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8636 3000; Fax: +44 (0) 020 8636 3001

About Eidos

Eidos plc is one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software with a diverse mix of titles for the PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCubeTM and the XboxTM video game system from Microsoft. For more information on Eidos and its products visit www.eidos.com

About Jadestone

Jadestone Group (Jadestone) is a leading creator and developer of internationally acclaimed mobile- and online multiplayer games. The company develops both proprietary Game Formats and games based on leading external IPs together with leading international media companies and publishers. Jadestone Group, with offices in Stockholm, Sweden, boasts a solid competence mix of strong business profiles and highly experienced network gaming creators, architects and developers. The company is privately owned and funded. www.jadestone.se

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