Football Manager Users Rise By 43% in March Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Video game users have soared in number as a result of the lockdown measures imposed in most countries due to the coronavirus, and Football Manager has proved to be among the most popular.

New research published by OLBG.com (Online Betting Guide) shows user figures for digital game distribution service Steam in March 2020. During that month, the amount of users playing Football Manager soared by 43% compared to February, spiking in the absence of any real-world alternative.

Sports Interactive released Football Manager 2020 in October last year, but the most in-depth coaching simulation game in the industry has received new legs with players as a result of the pandemic.

According to the data, active users hit a peak of 189,230 on Sunday, March 29, demolishing past records for concurrent players of the game.

Per OLBG, the game’s previous high of simultaneous users was a little more than 126,000 in November 2019, showing an increase of more than 600,000 on that figure four months later.

Studio director Miles Jacobson tweeted on March 19—soon after the lockdown was announced in the United Kingdom—that people should get back to work as the game experienced a huge surge in daytime users.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) continues to reign as the most dominant game played via Steam in the past six months, hitting a record peak of 1.1 million players in March.

The top 20 Steam games produced an average rise in users of 22% following the lockdown orders.

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