SEGA is "happy" with sales of Football Manager 2011 despite describing them as "slow".
Earlier this month SEGA said Football Manager 2011 was its third best-selling game of this financial year, with 690,000 global sales for the PC and PSP version combined.
In its financial note to investors SEGA described sales of all its games in Europe and North America as "slow". Indeed sales of the boxed version of Football Manager are flat, but its European boss has defended Sports Interactive's football management simulation series, pointing to digital sales as evidence of growth.
"Football Manager 2011 is in line with previous releases in the series," Jurgen Post told MCV. "But if you include download numbers then it's slightly going up. We're really happy with that. This is one of those titles that is an all-time seller."
Football Manager 2011 went straight in at the top of the UK all-formats chart last November. SI boss Miles Jacobson said first weekend sales of the PC version beat those of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 on multiple formats.
Martin Korda reviewed Football Manager 2011 for Eurogamer, emerging from the dugout with a 9/10.