SEGA has announced that Football Manager 2012 will require a one-time internet activation through Steam to run, a decision that hasn’t pleased many long-time fans.
A (currently) 41-page thread following the 16 September announcement contains mixed views on the subject, but many are openly hostile towards the requirement, and towards SEGA’s position that the step is necessary to combat piracy.
“Make no mistake” writes ‘Dave’ from SEGA, “if a quarter of the people that usually pirate the game switch to purchasing Football Manager 2012, the sales of the game worldwide would more than double.”
As is often the case with these statements, no figures or statistics are produced to support it.
While it might seem rather quaint that players are railing against a one-time Steam activation and enforced usage of the Steam client (especially to those of us used to more draconian DRM systems), it’s worth remembering that the Football Manager fanbase is broader than the norm, and fairly atypical.
The thread discussion appears to break down along lines of those familiar and comfortable with using Steam, and those to whom it seems like a step too far.
Football Manager 2012 is due for release on the PC in late October.