Sports Interactive and SEGA support fans with a free data update for Football Manager 2005

25 February 2005

FREE GIFT FOR FM FANS

Sports Interactive and SEGA support fans
with a free data update for Football Manager 2005

Fans of Football Manager 2005 are about to
receive an unexpected gift in the form of a free data update, which will be made
available by Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe on Wednesday, March 2nd.

The data update, which will be available
free-of-charge through a variety of outlets, brings the game right up to date by
including all changes in personnel that have occurred in the world of football
since the game’s initial release on November 4th 2004 and the closure of the
recent transfer window on January 31st (a total of more than 160,000 changes of
player, coaching and managerial staff).

“We are very happy to offer our fans this
‘thank you’ in recognition of the support that they have shown to us and it’s
great that SEGA has given us the green light to do it," says Miles Jacobson,
Managing Director of Sports Interactive. “Football Manager has become the game
of choice for all football fans because of the level of realism that it offers
its players and this update can only enhance the experience."

The update will be available from March 2nd
as a free download from the SI and SEGA websites (
www.sigames.com
or

www.sega-europe.com
)
and from a variety of the most popular gaming websites. The update will also be
made available to the publishers of all relevant computer and video games
magazines for free distribution on cover-mounted media. The update will be
available in a number of forms, combined with the latest (and final) FM 2005
patch in standard, RAR and Torrent format (the patch will also be available as
standalone file for those who do not want the update).

Football Manager 2005 is also to be
remastered, so that all stock manufactured from this point forward will include
the new database and fully-updated code.

About SEGA

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

www.sega-europe.com
.

SEGA is a registered trademark of SEGA
Corporation. Football Manager and Sports Interactive are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Sports Interactive in the UK or other countries.