Eidos says 'pay what you want' for Championship Manager 10

In a move strikingly similar to Radiohead's industry upsetting pay what you like deal for its last album In Rainbows, Eidos has announced that gamers will be able to preorder the latest Championship Manager game for as little as a penny, plus a transaction fee.The offer, which went live this...

In a move strikingly similar to Radiohead's industry upsetting pay what you like deal for its last album In Rainbows, Eidos has announced that gamers will be able to preorder the latest Championship Manager game for as little as a penny, plus a transaction fee.

The offer, which went live this morning on the official site, allows gamers to preorder a digital copy of the game ready for download just past midnight on September 11. Though the game can be ordered from as little as 1 penny, there is a £2.50 transaction charge added, bringing the minimum cost of the title to £2.51 – though gamers will then have to pay a further £5 for in-season updates should they decide they want them further down the line.

"This is the first time an initiative like this has ever been tried in the video games market," Beautiful Game Studio's general manager Roy Meredith told magazine Develop. "This is the best Championship Manager the studio has ever made, and we want as many people as possible to try the full new game, as once they try it, we're convinced they will come back again and again."

Eidos may be hoping to entice back some old fans after the developers of the original Championship Manager titles Sports Interactive jumped ship to create its own game, Football Manager, in 2005. The publisher also skipped the release of the 2009 version of the game to allow current developers Beautiful Game Studios more time to improve the title, in an effort to restore the series to its former glory after years of lagging behind Football Manager in terms of both sales and critical acclaim.

Gamers interested in the pay-what-you-want deal have until just before the game's launch on September 10 to get in on the offer, after which the game will return to full price. Fans of a physical product will be pleased to know that a special edition boxed copy of the game, complete with additional CM Season Live updates and bonus DVDs, will be available for £29.99 on traditional retail shelves on September 11.

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FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

Football (that's soccer for Americans) is a gentleman's game played by thugs. Rugby is a thug's game played by gentleman. There I said it!!!! Come on give me your thumbs down, I like to see how far that score goes! As for my friend, she said to me this: American Football is Rugby for P@#%ies

Xan4toX
Xan4toX

The Americans call it soccer LOL First of all "football" should be played with a foot, legs, not with arms XD And a ball is a round object!!! It's not an egg XD so why don't you just call it soccer instead of football :P FORZA Juve

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I was never fighting over which sport was better - I was just voicing that I hate it when Football gets called soccer. Of course it's origins were England, it's the English language.... I'm not even arguing over it's origins.... I am just bothered whenever anyone refers to Football as soccer, when it's just football. Only Americans really use soccer these days to differentiate between the sports for their own language, but I say that if the rest of the living world uses football (or voetball, fussball, futebol - equivalent in any language) to mean football, then the yanks are wrong. Whenever an American asks me if I like soccer, I always reply no, and that I love football... and so the argument escalates from there. Ha. I love that it's got so many people heated up on here. haha

bodylotion
bodylotion

@ JMaster985 : you're right indeed there's no reason to fight over which sport is better Football or Soccer because they both are in fact the same sport.

DannyOdishow
DannyOdishow

It's a very addicting game if you love it but i think the spicial eddition whatever it is doesn't worth £30

JMaster985
JMaster985

Its sad how every time a crappy soccer game comes out, people start bashing American football. There's no reason to get into a Football vs Soccer debate, they are both great sports..............except soccer.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I'll pay you $10 to keep your garbage releases away from me.

-Celeste-
-Celeste-

American's always try to be different :3 different measurement standards ... different names for everything ... different ideas about life.

archerus
archerus

The reason North Americans call it football is because the game originated from rugby, also known as rugby football. As the rules of the game changed, it could no longer be called rugby and American (and Canadian) football was born.

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

The reason that Americans call it soccer is because of the English. Just look up the history of the word. And also gridiron football is called football because it field goals was the primary thing (again using their feet) until they changed the point value for field goals and touchdowns. Its funny how Brits complain that we call it soccer when its their fault.

jollybest1
jollybest1

American football it is one thing and football (soccer as the Americans say) is another thing, they both have a separate place in history, u can not compare them and u can not hate them because if you love one you will hate the other (or dislike if you like it more) in my case i like football......so please respect both sports .......and i liked cm2002 and 2004 but it becomes boring at a point .......

Mac11_Fanboy
Mac11_Fanboy

FM2010 will kill this, only seen screens from it, but the new player-match analysis is 20,000 leagues deep, assuming the match engine and the shiny 3D engine improves; it's a shame CM is never gonna catch up. AND, if you play this game properly the stat updates won't mean anything after 2 weeks of play anyways.

vunacar
vunacar

Rickie this IS football. The atrocity that americans call "football" shouldnt even be a sport. It should be called "hit and run" game. And that is only played in USA so, yeah, "football" name should be removed, it is totally inappropriate. Or called "american football", whatever. Soccer does not exist, there is only one football.

jamesfffan
jamesfffan

seems cool, and was that from the fast show lol awesome

xxxarlow
xxxarlow

It's the stat tracking that puts me of Football in the first place. A game about it just doesnt interest me. This seems a pretty stupid idea IMO, they are basically saying they place no value on their product and people wont buy it after release because of this deal. They have killed it before release.....Good job there people lol

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@ Rickiej - I mean football, seeing as there is no such thing as soccer. That's what yanks call it because they choose to ignore that the rest of the real world sees soccer as football..... ha ha seriously though, I'm a footy fan. kids in the park, jumpers for goalposts - isn't it? heh I follow football avidly and have never, ever managed to get on with the management games.

Rickiej
Rickiej

@SicklySunStorm Do you love football or soccer? since this is soccer. Ontopic: Neither do i understand why they like these kind of games, being a manager sounds boring and dull. Not that i like FIFA games or anything that has to do with soccer :P

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I've just never found why people love these games..... and I love football, I just find these games so mind numbingly boring. Weird.... I've lived with housemates OBSESSED with this game, and I do mean obsessed.... I just could never figure out why they loved it so much

Mckenna1845
Mckenna1845

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webdoom
webdoom

sounds interesting, although im not a manager fan

markypants
markypants moderator

In a move strikingly similar to Radiohead's industry upsetting pay what you like deal for its last album In Rainbows, Eidos has announced that gamers will be able to preorder the latest Championship Manager game for as little as a penny, plus a transaction fee.

The offer, which went live this morning on the official site, allows gamers to preorder a digital copy of the game ready for download just past midnight on September 11. Though the game can be ordered from as little as 1 penny, there is a