It’s taken a surprisingly long time to happen, but today Eidos announced Championship Manager Online, taking the brand onto the web just as it enjoys its fifth offline outing. Some had thought that EA would get in there first with a multiplayer fantasy football game, having already organised a similar American football based league in the US and having recently unveiled its FIFA Interactive Tournament. However, with Championship Manager Online kicking off this coming January, Eidos seems to be leading the way.
As Johnathan Kemp, MD of Eidos Europe, says “Championship Manager Online is the latest part of our strategy of making the Championship Manager brand a constant part of every football fan’s life.” Indeed, by enticing ‘casual’ gamers with a keen interest in football, CMO ought to provide a useful stimulus to encourage sales of Championship Manger 5: and in due time, probably Championship Manager 6 as well.
The online version is in development with Jadestone Studios, also with the assistance of Beautiful Game Studios (developers of CM5) and will be constantly updated throughout each ‘season’ - lending a sense of reality to the proceedings. There will also be regular SMS updates for participating players, making it a fairly comprehensive fantasy football experience.
The action will be taking place over at www.cm-online.com as soon as the gates open in the new year.