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Championship Manager suffers amid epic piracy

Another PC title under attack?

Apparently, Eidos and Beautiful Game Studios' Championship Manager series suffers under the weight of an epic piracy rate in the region of 90%. That's the word from the developer's Roy Meredith, speaking with CVG.

"That’s not just a number in the air, we can measure it and we know that there are a huge amount of pirated copies," explained the general manager.

"There’s a real issue around DRM … I’d love to defeat pirates, but actually, with all this mess on Spore and Football Manager, which I haven’t been able to play this year… I spent about three hours trying to go through this registration process and I really want to play it but I’ve got other things to do with my life.

"There are actually other ways of dealing with piracy too. One is to compete price-wise. We haven’t got to pay royalties to Sony or Microsoft, so we can go into territories and price compete."

Eidos are hoping that 2009 will mark a dramatic resurgence in the series' fortunes, with Football Manager now the market leader by some margin.

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