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08/11/2014
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

London, UK – Monday 11 th August 2014

Sports Interactive, the creator of the best-selling Football Manager series, and Prozone Sports, the industry-leading provider of elite sports performance analysis, have today signed an agreement which will see the Football Manager database used by some of the world’s leading football clubs to support the player recruitment process.

The agreement sees Sports Interactive’s extensive database of player information, collected and refined over two decades, incorporated into Prozone RECRUITER, an online analysis platform designed to support football clubs in the complex and competitive field of talent identification and player recruitment.

Combining biographical, contractual and positional information from the Football Manager database with Prozone’s extensive suite of data analysis tools and archived video footage, Prozone RECRUITER allows for the indexing, benchmarking and comparison of tens of thousands of players from around the world, bringing a global scouting platform to the fingertips of its users.

“Prozone RECRUITER has been built to supplement the intuition of scouts and coaches by delivering detailed performance information on over 80,000 players worldwide,” says Prozone CEO Thomas Schmider. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, instead it’s been designed to empower clubs to tailor its functionality to suit their own unique recruitment requirements.”

“The Sports Interactive database is a highly accurate and valuable resource that will further enhance the recruitment services that we provide. Complementing our exhaustive technical data and video footage with excellent biographical, contractual

and positional information, the integration of Sports Interactive data further establishes RECRUITER as the most comprehensive recruitment and asset management platform available.”

“For years we’ve heard stories of real-life managers and scouts using our data to help with the recruitment process,” says Sports Interactive Studio Director Miles Jacobson. “From now on, it’s official…real managers around the world will be finding and comparing players using data and a search system that will be very familiar to players of Football Manager.”

“The information gathered by our network of more than 1,300 scouts around the world, combined with Prozone’s amazing performance data, makes this an invaluable tool for any football club that takes player recruitment seriously.”

A fully integrated player recruitment and asset management system, Prozone RECRUITER facilitates the analysis of players in a way that accurately determines their value and ability to adapt to specific league and team contexts.

Over time, more players will be added to the system to take into account the hundreds of thousands of players around the world that are monitored by the Sports Interactive scouting team. Prozone will incorporate the resulting information into the RECRUITER platform as well as using it to supplement bespoke consultancy services to many of its clients worldwide.

Further information about Prozone RECRUITER and the Football Manager database is available in the accompanying documents.

Football Manager 2015 will be released in November 2014. For further information or to pre-order visit www.footballmanager.com.

About Sports Interactive Ltd.:

Sports Interactive (SI) is the world’s leading developer of football management simulations through its Football Manager series of games. Founded in 1994 and based in the Old Street area of London, SI has a full-time staff of 85 and employs the services of roughly 2,000 researchers across the globe (alongside more than 200 offsite Beta testers). The company’s games have enjoyed an unparalleled history of commercial and critical success, with 12 of its creations among the UK’s top 20 fastest-selling PC games of all time and five in the UK’s top 20 best-selling PC games of all time. Sports Interactive became a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA® in 2006. Further information on the company and its games is available from the SI website, www.sigames.com.

About Prozone Sports Ltd.:

The pioneer of performance analysis in football, Prozone Sports was founded in 1998 and continues to change the game through intelligent innovation. Working with

football’s elite, the business provides on-field advantage by offering compelling performance insights to over 300 clubs and organisations worldwide. Prozone’s analytical platforms and global network of expertise bring data to life as the company supplies performance technology and consultancy in a field it has shaped and grown from the beginning. More information can be found on Prozone’s website, www.prozonesports.com.

About SEGA Europe Ltd.:

SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including Windows PC, wireless devices and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA® Europe’s website is located at www.sega.com.