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Once you have your activation code, do as follows to activate and start downloading your game:

- Download the Steam client: http://store.steampowered.com/about/

- Install Steam on your computer

- Once installed, open up Steam

- Go to +ADD A GAME at the bottom-left of the window

- Then select Activate a product on Steam

- Enter your pre-release Activation Code

- Steam should now download your game.

There is no limit in-game for how long you can play in-game during the beta and the game will update to the ‘full’ version when the game is released on the 10th November 2017.

Yes, all saves from the pre-release beta will be compatible with the full release of Football Manager 2018, due for release on the 10th November 2017.

Below is a list of retailers who are participating in the pre-order promotion of Pre-Release Beta Access for Football Manager 2018:

http://www.sega.com/sega-approved-partner-list

If your retailer is not listed, please contact your retailer directly for clarification of their participation.

Yes, the beta version will automatically update when the game is released on the 10th November 2017.

Yes, all game modes, including Network Games and the Fantasy Draft mode will be available to play with the pre-release beta.

No, the Data Editor will only become available for download when the full version is released on the 10th November 2017.

Operating Systems (32-Bit and 64-Bit):

  • Windows Vista (SP2)
  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Windows 10 (1703/Creators Update)

Processor: Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core or AMD Athlon or better

  • 2.2GHz or higher

Graphics Cards: Cards equal to or better than the following:

  • NVidia GeForce 9600M GT
  • AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
  • Intel GMA X4500
  • 256MB VRAM

Memory: 2GB RAM

Hard Drive Space: 7GB HDD

If you have bought the game digitally you should receive a code directly from your retailer. If you have not, you need to contact them directly.

Once you have your activation code, do as follows to activate and start downloading your game:

-Download the Steam client: http://store.steampowered.com/about/

- Install Steam on your computer

- Once installed, open up Steam

- Go to +ADD A GAME at the bottom-left of the window

- Then select Activate a product on Steam

- Enter your pre-release Activation Code

- Steam should now download your game.

If you have bought a boxed version of the game, the code can be found on the back of the manual. If you put the disc in, you will be prompted to install the game using the code on the back of the manual. Use the instructions above to do so.

- Launch Steam

- Click on the top left menu and select ‘Steam’ -> ‘Settings’

- Select the ‘Interface’ tab and change the language

- Click on OK

- Steam will ask you to restart its client: select ‘RESTART STEAM’

You can change the language of the game within Football Manager 2018 following these steps:

- Run the game

- From the Main Menu, select ‘Preferences’

- Under ‘Game Settings’, the language can changed to one of up to sixteen different languages (Czech, Dansk, English, English US, Español, Français, Greek, Italiano, Nederlands, Korean Norsk, Polski, Português, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Svenska, Turkish).

If you are experiencing a download issue i.e. slow/unresponsive, try clearing your Download Cache as detailed below:

- From the Steam Client Window;

- Click on ‘Steam’ (top left-hand corner) followed by ‘Settings’

- Click on the ‘Downloads’ tab

- Click on ‘CLEAR DOWNLOAD CACHE’

- Try to download the game again.

Should that fail to resolve your download issue, from the Download Section as CLEAR DOWNLOAD CACHE, try changing your region to another region to see if a better connection can be established:

If the problem persists, please contact SEGA Customer Support by submitting a Support Request for further assistance.

Like previous versions, Football Manager 2018 can only be activated and played through the Steam platform. The game can be purchased as a boxed copy or a digital download, but both versions require Steam and an Internet connection.

Football Manager 2018 will need Internet access for its activation process because Steam is a network-based platform. FM2018 customers that do not want Steam to connect to Internet can launch the Steam client in "Offline Mode" after installation. Internet access after installation of the game will only be needed to apply game patches or Steam updates, play ‘online’ network games, use the Steam Workshop, use the Steam Store or use any of the uploading features included in FM2018.

We have outlined below the steps to set Steam to Offline Mode.

- Start Steam whilst being connected to the Internet

- make sure that the ‘Remember my password’ box on the login window is checked

- Verify that all game files are completely updated and that there are no current downloads on Steam (‘View’ -> ‘Downloads’)

- Launch the game you would like to play offline to verify that there are no further updates to download. Shut down the game and return to Steam once you have confirmed that the game can be played

- Go to ‘Steam’ -> ‘Settings’ to ensure that the ‘Don't save account credentials on this computer’ option is NOT selected

- Click on the top left ‘Steam’ menu and select ‘Go Offline’

- Select ‘Restart in Offline Mode’. This will restart the Steam client and it will no longer connect to Internet when it is launched

If you would like to reconnect Steam to the Internet in the future to download game updates, activate new products or play multiplayer modes on your games, please select ‘Go Online’ from the top left ‘Steam’ menu.

The game can only be activated online with an Internet connection through Steam.

If you do not have access to an Internet connection, you will not be able to activate and play the game. Likewise, you can only update the game via Steam connected to the Internet.

Your Save Game files can be located within your ‘Documents’ Folder within the ‘Sports Interactive’ folder.

By default the save game location will be as follows:

Windows

C:\Users\[Your Windows Username]\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2018\games

Mac

/Users/[Your Mac Username]/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2018/games

Linux

/home/documents/Sports Interactive/FM2018/games

You can create a desktop shortcut which allows you to launch the game without having to go through the STEAM interface.

- To create a desktop short-cut right click on the game from the STEAM Library and select Properties:

- From the 'General' tab select ‘Create Desktop Shortcut'

Yes, details on how to do this below.

- With Steam open click the ‘Steam’ menu, and choose ‘Settings’.
- Click on the Interface tab, and uncheck the box that says: ‘Run Steam when my computer starts’
- Click 'OK' to confirm this change.
- Steam will no longer launch automatically when your system starts.

Make sure you have downloaded Football Manager 2018 prior to downloading the Editor.

The Pre-Game Editor for Football Manager 2018 can be found in the Tools section within Steam. To locate and install the program do the following;

- Open Steam

- Click ‘Library’

- Select ‘Tools’

- Find Football Manager 2018 Editor

- Right-click on the title and select ‘Install Game’

The first time you launch the Editor after install it may prompt you to install DirectX files.

Once installed it will appear within your Steam Library under the ‘Tools’ section.

Make sure you have downloaded Football Manager 2018 prior to downloading the Resource Archiver.

The Resource Archiver for Football Manager 2018 can be found in the Tools section within Steam. To locate and install the program do the following;

- Open Steam

- Click ‘Library’

- Select ‘Tools’

- Find Football Manager 2018 Resource Archiver

- Right-click on the title and select ‘Install Game’

The first time you launch the Archiver after install it may prompt you to install DirectX files.

Once installed it will appear within your Steam Library under the ‘Tools’ section.

- To make sure your game downloads, make sure FM18 is not already running in the Pre-Release Beta version.

- If it doesn't update on launch, restart Steam.

- If that still doesn't work, verify your game cache as shown below:

- Load Steam

- From the 'Library' section, right-click on the game and select 'Properties' from the menu.

- Select the 'Local Files' tab and click the 'Verify Integrity of Game Cache' button.

- Steam will verify the game's files - this process may take several minutes. This will always download a number of files even if you've just verified the game.

- Once the process is completed, the Check Window will automatically exit.

- We recommend verifying your cache twice to make sure all files are fully downloaded.

- When Saving the Game, select ‘FM’ -> ‘Save As’

- From the save Panel select the 'Cloud' tab. Save the game within this folder by clicking the ‘Save’ button.

- The Save Game will only be synced to the Cloud when you exit the game, so please only exit Steam when the save game has been fully synched to the Cloud.

- If you try to exit the game before it's synched, a pop-up will remind you to wait until this is complete.

- You must have an active Internet connection and be running Steam Online to use the Cloud Save Settings.

Steam currently allows 1GB of Cloud space per user account. FM & FMT Save Games are used in your cloud storage for Football Manager 2018.

You must have an active Internet connection to use the Cloud Save Settings.

There are two different ways to access the Steam Workshop for FM in Football Manager 2018 as shown below:

From within Football Manager 2018

- From within a Football Manager 2018 save game go to ‘FM’ -> ‘Downloads’

- If you’re on the Start Screen select ‘Downloads’

- Select Steam Workshop tab

- Select ‘Download Add-Ons directly from Steam’

- This will bring up the Steam overlay for the Football Manager 2018 Workshop.

- Select an item or collection in the workshop

- Click ‘Subscribe’

- Steam will now download the file in the background

- Please note that some files may take time to download depending on their size.

- Once file has downloaded, close the Steam overlay (by clicking Shift+Tab on your keyboard)

- The file should now be present in your game.

From within the Steam platform

- Go to your game Library

- Right-click on Football Manager 2018

- Select ‘View Community Hub’

- From the options along the top of the page select ‘Workshop’

- Search for the item you wish to add to your game within the workshop

- Click ‘Subscribe’ - Steam will now download the file in the background

- Please note that some files may take time to download depending on their size.

- Once file has downloaded, launch the game

- The file should now be present in your game.

If for any reason, an item needs to be reported you can select the file in the Workshop & select 'Report'. Workshop moderators will then deal with reported items.

When saving a file that can be shared on Steam Workshop (for example, a Tactic), you will be given the option to upload and share the file directly to Steam Workshop. You can share the following files on Steam Workshop for FM18:

  • League & Data Updates
  • Challenges
  • Views
  • Filters
  • Tactics
  • Shortlists
  • Match Plans
  • Versus Mode Teams
  • Skins
  • Facepacks
  • Logos
  • Custom Database Options
  • Kits
  • Languages
  • Corners – Attacking
  • Corners – Defending
  • Free Kicks – Attacking
  • Free Kicks – Defender
  • Throw-ins
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