Sega signs Eastside Hockey Manager

Sega Europe announces that it has secured the worldwide publishing rights to Sports Interactive's upcoming ice hockey management game.

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Sega Europe has today announced that it has secured the worldwide publishing rights to Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition for the PC. The game, which is currently in development at Sports Interactive, is the developer's first nonsoccer management game. It is currently scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2004.

"Having looked long and hard at the numerous publishing options we were presented with, we chose Sega, as we believe it is perfectly placed to help Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition secure the global recognition it deserves," said Miles Jacobson, managing director of Sports Interactive. "Riz and his team have done a truly outstanding job in making this game, and it's now up to us to make sure that every ice hockey fan in the world knows that it is out there and waiting for them."

"Sports Interactive's proven heritage in football management games is unquestioned," added Matthew Woodley, European marketing director for Sega Europe. "Extending that experience to other sports is a natural progression for this exceptionally talented team, and we are delighted to be working with such a premier league developer. This signing also marks our continued drive to expand our games portfolio, particularly in the PC arena."

For more information on Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition, check out our previous coverage of the game.

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