Online poll proves that ten into one does go, as Sports Interactive announces the winner of the ?design a logo? competition for its forthcoming management simulation, Football Manager
The final whistle has blown and, without even the need for a golden or silver goal, the search for the logo for Sports Interactive's eagerly-awaited Football Manager has come to an end.
And the winner is...
Stuart Luff of Sheffield.
From the moment that it was first announced on February 12th, Sports Interactive's Football Manager logo design competition caught the imagination of football fans from around the world, generating more than 6,000 entries. From these, a final shortlist of 10 was published on the Sports Interactive website (www.sigames.com) and those of its partners; ESPNSoccernet (www.espnsoccernet.com), Game (www.game.net) and GamesRadar (www.gamesradar.com) and the two-week, 'Big Brother-style' selection process began.
"It would be an understatement to say that this has been an exhausting process, but the end result is that Football Manager now has a visual identity which was chosen by its fans, which is just the way we like it," says Miles Jacobson, Managing Director of Sports Interactive. "Now we're going to make sure that the whole world sees this logo over and over again, right up to the game's release and beyond."
In addition to seeing his creation on every piece of Football Manager packaging, advertising and other marketing materials, Stuart will also have the pleasure of spending the £10,000 first prize. Stuart's involvement in the creative process is not quite over as yet, though, as he will now be heavily involved with Mercier Gray, the creative agency which has been charged with taking his concept through to its professionally-finished state. The nine losing finalists will not walk away empty-handed either, as they will each receive a year's supply of Sports Interactive games and other SI merchandise.
Football Manager 2005 will be published by SEGA in the final quarter of 2004. Further information is available from the Sports Interactive website, www.sigames.com.