SEGA-SAMMY’s latest financial report is now out. So let’s dig our fingers into this baby and find out how SEGA did and what their plans are for the future.
MCV UK has released a list of the top selling 100 games for 2013 in the UK. SEGA has got quite a few titles on the list. Looks like UK residents like them some Aliens Colonial Marines, Football Manager, and some Sonic 🙂
- 26. Aliens: Colonial Marines (Sega)
- 39. Football Manager 2014 (Sega)
- 45. Sonic/All Stars Racing Transformed (Sega)
- 51. Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
- 72. Sonic Generations (Sega)
- 87. Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)
Thanks to Aki-at on the forums for sharing the news. Aki is quite intelligent and used to write up articles on financial reports for us. I’ve included what he thinks about the sales after the jump if you are interested in seeing what Aki thinks.
Before SEGA owned Sports Interactive and the Football Manager series, SEGA fought against EA Sports with their brand called ‘SEGA Sports’. Seems that SEGA finally gets a small victory (especially after they took the NFL license and was forced to sell Visual Concepts and its 2K brand of sports titles to Take Two). EA Sports has announced that they will not longer publish their own FIFA Manager series.
FIFA Manager 14 will be the last entry in the franchise, here is lead designer Gerald Köhler explaining the reason for leaving the Football sim market.
“The football manager genre at this level of sophistication is highly specialised and primarily played in two countries (England and Germany), in which – on top of everything – one game has practically dominated the market in recent years. The niche market and general trend toward online and mobile games were also contributing factors. Moreover, FM had reached a crossroads at which a new engine and/or corresponding online technology would be the only way to give the series a boost. When all these factors were evaluated, it led us to the decision to blow the final whistle. We hope you’ll keep playing FM as long as possible, and that the fan sites will go all out to expand and improve the game wherever they can. For all your years of support and all your passion for our game, we thank you.”
I hope the FIFA Manager team finds jobs developing other games, I don’t like people losing their jobs. But hey, at least SEGA didn’t pull a grimy move and buy some sort of sports license to kill the competition, right?
Football Manager Live, SEGA’s other MMO, will be unplayable online starting June 1st. New subscriptions are not being accepted, but if you are a player, you are still allowed to play until May 31st. I can’t seem to find an announcement, but the FM Live website is giving me that message. Check it out at the source below.
In other Football Manager news, Football Manager Handheld 2011 is now available for your iPad. Check it out here.
We’ve all seen the devastation in Japan caused by the earthquake, tsunami and the ongoing nuclear worries. Many companies have felt the effects, not least Sega, who have donated a considerable amout of money to the recovery efforts. In this article I will cover all of the Sega related infomation we have linked to the earthquake.
Sega have been extremely generous when it comes to donations from both sides of the pond.
-Sega Japan is donating 200 million yen to support recovery efforts. That is approximately £1,542,827 GBP or $2,481,722 USD.
-Sega Europe and Sports Interactive have donated all of their revenue from the Football Manager app starting from last Friday for the next 7 days to the disaster relief funds in Japan.
-Sega America will donate all proceeds from Sonic iOS titles to the Red Cross disaster relief funds in Japan.
As an added incentive Sega have even lowered the price of the Sonic iOS games for this week, there is simply no excuse not to go get them right now!
Find out more after the jump:
Sega owned and UK based developers Sports Interactive has something to be very proud of today. SI Director Mikes Jacobson has been appointed an OBE for services to the computer games industry in the New Year Honours list.
The OBE also known as ‘Order of the British Empire’ is a long running award given to recognize people who have done great things for their country. The ‘Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of which an OBE is one of the five awards you can achieve.
SI co-founder Oliver Collyer paid tribute to Jacobson on the Football Manager Forums.
Hit the jump to read on.
Do you like SEGA games?
Do you like PC games?
Do you like good deals?
If so, hopefully you have STEAM. If not, you will need STEAM if you want to take advantage of STEAM’s 25% off SEGA games sale. This SALE is for every SEGA game on STEAM… so buy until your heart is content!
An example of some games on sale are the Total War games, Football Manager, Mega Drive classics, THE CLUB, and SEGA All-Stars Racing.
MCV UK has interviewed SEGA Europe’s John Clark about SEGA’s position in the digital distribution market. John Clark was the managing director at SEGA Europe, but he is now the director of digital distribution at SEGA and has given some insight as to what SEGA thinks of digital distribution. Clark says that SEGA is still very much a boxed goods company even though they have a section of SEGA dedicated to digital distribution.
Above is the official trailer for Football Manager 2011. I can’t say it is my favorite trailer I’ve seen for this series. But I think it is a good idea to go with trailers that are less about the game itself and more about the passion behind the sport. That said I have no passion for football at all.
If FM2011 is relevant to your interests, then you can now download and play the demo:
The Football Manager 2011 Demo is available to download today, free and exclusively in association with Mirror Football. Click the link below to download from Steam and follow the onscreen instructions to install. You will need a Steam account to download, but signing up is free.
You have Steam and enjoy deals, right? Now you can get 24 SEGA games & pieces of content on Steam, for the mere price of $90 bucks. If you buy each title, alone, you would be spending over $400 dollars. Just want Aliens vs. Predator? Its 50% off and costs 25 bucks right now, stand alone.
You get your Total War fix, plus some Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Outrun Coast 2 Coast and Virtua Tennis 2009. To get the list of all the games in the special, hit the jump.
Look at that, SEGA has come in 6th place for the UK, in terms of revenue generated in retail. That is rather good, they even manage to beat Capcom. who’d have known, especially after heavy hitters like Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter 4.
Of course, most of SEGA’s success in the UK can be credited to Total War series and Football Manager. But who cares? Lets celebrate, they are only going to climb that top 10 list!
Hit the jump to see the top 100 list.