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Football Manager 2019 announced and sadly it's not coming to Linux

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We will start the day with a bit of sad news, as the latest version of the popular Football Manager series Football Manager 2019 is not coming to Linux.

Announced today, Football Manager 2019 is only listing Windows and Mac on Steam. A user on Twitter reached out about the missing Linux version, to which the director of Football Manager simply replied that it was correct.

We followed up to ask why that is and the reply was this:

cost/benefit analysis. It unfortunately wasn't selling enough on Linux to cover the QA costs, let alone the dev cost. :(

Sports Interactive first put the game on Linux back in November 2013, which was considered a really good thing for Linux gamers considering how popular the title is. Looking at the 2018 edition, right now it has over thirty thousand people playing it (the peak today being nearly double that), so to have a game as popular as that no longer support Linux is a bit of a loss.

If it's not selling enough as they say to cover the costs, then you can't really argue against that. It sadly doesn't make sense for all games, even if they're popular on one platform they won't always be on another.

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g000h 6 August 2018 at 10:15 am UTC
On which note, I've got a 75% off coupon for Football Manager 2018 that I'm unlikely to use. Yes, FM2018 supports Linux.
LibertyPaulM 6 August 2018 at 10:15 am UTC
On the plus side I guess that is one massive time sink gone which should give me more time for the gf.......or other games
VoxelForge 6 August 2018 at 10:18 am UTC
I wonder if situations like this would be less common if there weren't so many "Linux for everything but games" people. I know quite a few Linux users who complain about game support, dual-booting with a pirated version of Windows 7 and never actually using their Linux version of Steam - even for titles with a Linux port. I strictly use VMs and the occasional Windows drive for games when there is absolutely no Linux port available/coming.

To each their own, but if we're not contributing to our own numbers we're shooting ourselves in the foot.
Kristian 6 August 2018 at 10:22 am UTC
This is of course bad news. But I guess it is a good thing it is news. 10 years ago, a game not coming to Linux wouldn't have been news. It would just be the normal state of affairs.
SadL 6 August 2018 at 10:24 am UTC
That's really sad. I have the old FM14 and FM15 and yes these games are indeed a huge time sink...they are quite enjoyable for football fans. We do have other games to play but I feel really sad to hear that any game series no matter big or small discontinues Linux support...
ajgp 6 August 2018 at 10:28 am UTC
Shame, but I havent played a FM game since the 2009 version so wont affect me personally. But still not a good thing for a company to admit that Linux isnt a good business desicion for them while understandable. Hopefully this only affects this game specifically as FM is published by Sega who also publish the Total War games (I know those are brought to us by Feral though)
TemplarGR 6 August 2018 at 10:37 am UTC
Football Manager is already a series in decline. Only hardcore fans still play this, and most tend to skip versions and don't buy it each year. Personally i stopped caring about FM 10 years ago, and i used to play it since CM 97-98 version on Windows 95.

I don't buy the "didn't make money back" excuse though. FM does not change much with each iteration, and most changes that do happen tend to happen on features that are shared by all platforms like the player database. Linux specific things were too few and the game already had a working 2018 version. Not porting is more of a political decision than a financial one.
Leopard 6 August 2018 at 10:37 am UTC
Well. That is ineviateble for all games on Linux.
Liam Dawe 6 August 2018 at 10:44 am UTC
LeopardWell. That is ineviateble for all games on Linux.
No, it's really not.
Leopard 6 August 2018 at 10:47 am UTC
LeopardWell. That is ineviateble for all games on Linux.
No, it's really not.

Well , unless company/publisher is just doing Linux version without seeking financial gainings.
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