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WORLDWIDE SOCCER MANAGER TEAMS UP WITH STEAM

San Francisco (October 13th, 2008) – Sports Interactive & SEGA® of America, Inc. today announce that the PC versions of Worldwide Soccer Manager™ 2009 will incorporate Steamworks, a complete suite of publishing and development tools that offers PC game developers and publishers access to the game features and services available through Steam. Boxed copies of Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 will also be sold exclusively at Amazon.com.
Steamworks will support both the retail and electronic versions of the Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 games giving players game updates, downloadable content, and patches. Also, players will be able to play from any PC in the world without needing their DVD copy of the game. STEAM will also host and distribute the Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 game demo which will be available when it is released a couple of weeks before the release of the full game.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 is now available for pre-purchase as a PC digital download from STEAM, and will be available for players to play at 09:00 GMT on the November 18th 2008. For details on availability and pricing, please visit www.sega.com/wwsm2009
”Many of us at Sports Interactive have been big fans of Steam since its inception, so to be working with them properly this year across releases of Worldwide Soccer Manager on the PC is fantastic” said Miles Jacobson, studio director at Sports Interactive. “It gives us the opportunity for all of our games players to get any patches or updates that we make available quickly and easily, as well as a place for us to host any other downloads, such as demos and promotional videos, with super fast broadband speeds for download, and no issues with bandwidth, which we are hit with each time we release a demo”.
“The Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 team has an incredible plan to extend the product beyond launch and achieve a level of connectivity with WWSM 2009 players that surpasses any prior release in the category,” said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. “We’re delighted to have Steamworks selected as the vehicle to help take this legendary franchise to the next level and look forward to offering the game to the millions logging onto Steam each week.”
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 features a vast array of all new features including, for the first time ever, a full 3D view of the world famous Worldwide Soccer Manager™ match engine.

For further information on Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 please visit www.sigames.com or www.sega.com/wwsm2009.

About SEGA of America, Inc.:
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com.
About Sports Interactive Ltd.:
Sports Interactive (SI), is the world’s leading developer of football management simulations through it’s Football Manager series of games Founded in 1994 and based in the Old Street area of London, SI has a full-time staff of 44 and employs services of more than 1,500 part-time researchers across the globe. The company’s games have enjoyed an unparalleled history of commercial and critical success, with nine of its creations among the UK's Top 20 fastest-selling PC games of all time, and 4 in the UK’s top 20 best selling PC games of all time. Sports Interactive became a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA in 2006. Further information on the company and its games is available from the SI website, www.sigames.com.

About Steam:
The leading online platform for PC games and digital entertainment, Steam delivers new releases and online services to over 15 million PC users around the world. For more information, please visit www.steamgames.com

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