Football Manager 2014 sets new record for most consecutive No.1s in the PC charts
According to MCV, Football Manager 2014 has set a new record with 16 consecutive weeks at number 1 in the PC charts. The game is also within reach of claiming the most number 1′s of any game, whether consecutively or not. FM 2014 only needs 6 more number 1′s to beat the current record of 21.
However despite Football Manager 2014′s success in the charts, sales of this year’s version are actually down compared to FM 2013. This is in part due to the game being cracked much earlier than last year.
“We are slightly lower this year than we were at this time last year. Some of that has moved to digital, but also we unfortunately got cracked a lot earlier this year than last year, so we’ve lost some sales there,” said Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson.
“Last year with Football Manager 2013 we were five months uncracked and ended up the year 22 per cent up. This year we are down compared to that but up versus Football Manager 2012. We were cracked within a week and a half this time, which is a normal cracking time. It’s disappointing, but such is life, we were always going to get cracked, it was just a matter of when.”
Jaconson also mentioned that the huge support the game has received from Highstreet outlets has also contributed to its success.
“Because of the launch of Xbox One and PS4, there is less shelf space for PC. Shops only have a finite amount of shelf space and they are going to go with the products that are performing well.
“The job that Sega and retail have done working together meant Football Manager has had much better coverage than a lot of other PC titles. Being able to get the support we have had from GAME was great and also the supermarkets, we had FSDUs in more stores than we ever have before. And that was very important in reaching the achievements we managed so far.”