“The plaintiff has acquiesced in the defendants’ use of the name of the Manchester United football team in the Football Manager match and can no longer complain of such use,” said Sega and SI Games in defense written.
Sega and SI Games also added that efforts to prevent companies from using the Manchester United name “would amount to an unreasonable restriction of the right to freedom of expression to restrict the use of the words” Manchester United “to denote a team in a computer game. “
Wyand also pointed out that SI Games and Manchester United had already established some sort of mutually acceptable business relationship.
“Copies of the game have also been sent by SI to a number of officials and players [club] for a number of years and there have been a number of positive press comments and tweets about it, “said Wyand, adding” in addition, the claimant’s staff working in the data analysis teams and Screening has contacted SI on various occasions to request access to the Football Manager database for screening and research. “
Justice Morgan has reserved judgment on United’s proposal to change his claim for a later date, the Guardian reported.
IGN contacted SI Games for additional comments.
Football clubs in Europe certainly have great financial and political influence, as do American football clubs in the United States and other major leagues. In recent months, Manchester United has been under increased pressure to deal with its rapidly growing debt, with the Guardian reporting that the club’s debt had increased by £ 127.4 million to reach £ 429.1 million. pounds in the 12 months to March 31, 2020.
Sega’s Football Manager series has successfully established itself as one of the best sports management games of its kind, and has only grown in popularity with the introduction of on-site shelter restrictions. Forbes recently reported that the game had reached 130,000 peak concurrent players, with a weekly total of 875,000 players.
The Football Manager player database is also a popular feature of the game – so much so that scouts in the real world often use it to discover new and emerging talent. Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself credited the match with helping him prepare to run the club, according to Manchester Evening News.
Check out our review of Football Manager 2020, whom IGN has dubbed “still as addictive, but more open than ever to newcomers.”
Joseph Knoop is an ignorant writer / producer / American for IGN.