Football Manager 2006 In Winning Form

Sega Europe and Sports Interactive should be in high spirits today as they confirmed that last Friday’s UK launch of Football Manager 2006 has netted retail sales of over 100,000 units during its first weekend of release according to Chart-Track retail estimates. Storming the All-Formats chart at No.2, directly under the equally fantastic Pro Evolution 5 making it the 2nd fastest-selling PC game of all time in the UK. As well as outselling last year’s first version’s first weekend Chart-Track total by over 40,000 units, Football Manager 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. He continued by saying “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,” Alan Pritchard, UK Managing Director, SEGA Europe finish of the celebration as he 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.”