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LONDON, UK - October 27th, 2005 - SEGA Europe Ltd and Sports Interactive are delighted to confirm that last Friday's UK launch of Football ManagerTM 2006 has netted retail sales of over 100,000 units during its first weekend of release according to Chart-Track retail estimates. Storming the PC chart at No.1, with an equally impressive No.2 placement in the All-Formats chart, Football ManagerTM 2006 is now the 2nd fastest-selling PC game of all time in the UK, according to Chart-Track (sales within a 7 day period).
As well as outselling last year's first version's first weekend Chart-Track total by over 40,000 units, Football ManagerTM 2006 bettered the sales of the entire Top 50 Full Price PC Entertainment chart combined, over the last week, despite only being on sale for 2 of the 7 days.
"We're obviously delighted with the sales in the UK over the first weekend," said Miles Jacobson, MD of Sports Interactive. "The whole team has worked incredibly hard to ensure that FM2006's gaming experience is as good as it can be, and that so many people seem to be enjoying it makes us very proud.
"Thanks, as always, to the SI community for supporting us and our games once again, and to SEGA and retail for all of their support as well," added Jacobson.
Alan Pritchard, UK Managing Director, SEGA Europe commented: "All of us at SEGA are thrilled with the first weekend sales of FM 2006, which were up substantially on the same period for the previous version last year. Also, to achieve a No.2 All Formats chart position on Chart-Track at this time of year, on a single format release, is a great achievement. SI has again delivered a fantastic game; this has been backed by a great marketing campaign, with some fantastic support from UK retail."
About The Game
Boasting a multitude of new and upgraded features, Football ManagerTM 2006 for PC/Mac was published by SEGA in October 2005. For further information please go to www.sigames.com or www.sega-europe.com
An Xbox 360 version of Football ManagerTM 2006 will arrive in March, along with the franchises' first outing on the PSP.
About Sports Interactive
Sports Interactive (SI), is the world's leading developer of sports management simulations for home computers. SI's pillar titles cover a range of sports, including football (the Football Manager series), ice hockey (the NHL: Eastside Hockey Manager series) and baseball (Out of the Park Baseball). Founded in 1994 and based in Islington, North London, SI has a full-time staff of 35 and employs the services of more than 1,500 part-time researchers across the globe. The company's games have enjoyed an unparalleled history of commercial and critical success, with five of its creations among the UK's Top 20 best-selling PC games of all time. In 2004 SI signed an exclusive five-year agreement with SEGA which will see all games it produces within that period published by the global computer and video games giant. Further information on the company and its games is available from the SI website, www.sigames.com.
About SEGA Europe
SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe's web site is located at www.sega-europe.com.
Chart-Track was formed in 1996 to monitor sales of music, videos and software through retail in the UK and Ireland, establishing an unparalleled reputation for fast and accurate retail research in the home entertainment market. Chart-Track is an independent limited company based in West London. www.chart-track.com