Sega will sacrifice operations in Europe and Australia to laser-focus on four key brands: Aliens, Sonic, Total War, Football Manager.
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Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson has said on Twitter that rumours Sega Europe is to close are "false".
Sega will cut jobs and cancel titles as it attempts to "streamline" the home video games business in Europe and the US.
Parent company Sega Sammy released a statement announcing the "structural reform" today. It comes as Sega braces investors for an "extraordinary loss" for the full financial year ending 31st March 2012.
"The Consumer Business centred on Sega Corporation is expected to post operating loss in the year ending March 2012, due to the challenging economic climate and significant changes in the home video game software market environment in the US and Europe.
Tablet technology in two years will be as powerful as PC tech was last year, Football Manager boss Miles Jacobson believes.
An article about Football Manager tends to write itself. You can continue to harp on about its destructive tendency to take over your own life. Maybe throw in a few crafted asides about taking your plucky band of strugglers to improbable European glory, and then go about the business of discussing the shiny new features, before finishing up with a tearful account of how your partner shacked up with the editor of the Angling Times because it was a better option than hearing about contract negotiations and tactical nuances before bed. Job done.
But you really don't want to hear about the broken reality at the coal face of games journalism. It's quite likely that you're a bit like me - a former football management addict who had to go cold turkey and leave it far behind - and not just for the predictable reasons of it being 'too compulsive' and being threatened with justifiable violence by your significant other.
The curious truth of the matter is that Football Manager just got ahead of itself, and giddily heaped layer upon unnecessary layer of detail onto its perfect core. No longer was it about simply managing the tactics and transfers of your fantasy team, but handling egos and fretting about media relations and dozens of other micro tasks that ultimately distract you from the things that you enjoyed most.
In an effort to prevent rampant piracy, Sega and Sports Interactive required Steam authentication to play Football Manager 2012.
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Pre-purchasing Football Manager 2012 from Steam gets you a handful of exclusive in-game Team Fortress 2 extras, Valve has announced.
Football Manager 2011 was the most pirated PC game in the series, Sports Interactive has told Eurogamer.
The Football Manager 2012 PC and Mac demo is available to download now from Steam, Sega has announced.
The Football Manager 2012 minimum system requirements for PC and Mac have been confirmed.
Talking conversation tones and chat.
Piracy is "ruining" PC games and "forcing" them online, Michael Pacther has told Eurogamer.
Football Manager 2012 fans have reacted angrily to the news that the PC game requires Steam to play.
Football Manager 2012 will be released for PC and Mac on 21st October 2011, Sega and Sports Interactive have announced.
A demo, which allows progress to be carried into the full game, will be released at an unspecified point in the run up to launch.
More match engine gameplay.
Sports Interactive hasn't got a version of Football Manager in development - or in the pipeline - for PlayStation Vita, Eurogamer can reveal.
First look at the match engine.
Football Manager 2012 has been announced and will be released "before Christmas".
Sega and developer Sports Interactive highlighted the key improvements.
Loyalty bonuses have been added to the transfer and contracts part of the game. The amateur and youth contracts have been smartened up, and you can lock variables in negotiations where you aren't prepared to budge.
Our first glimpse at the new game.