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18 March 2020 18:38

Football Manager 2020 is completely free to play on Steam for a week, Sports Interactive has announced.

Football Manager 2020 Is Free For A Week To Combat Boredom

If missing the football because of coronavirus has left you feeling bereft then don't worry, because you can host everything for free from your PC. Football Manager 2020 is easily the best entry in the franchise for years, but if you don't believe us then you can try it for free on PC right now. Although Sports Interactive makes only an indirect reference to the coronavirus on their blog, the timing is pretty obviously to coincide with both the lack of real matches and the fact that so many people are self-isolating and/or 'working' from home. So if you want to make sure you get absolutely nothing constructive done then all you have to do is click this link and download the game for free. Your season is just beginning… pic.twitter.com/vMetkSO6q0 — Football Manager (@FootballManager) March 18, 2020 All you need is a PC and a Steam account, and if you don't have the latter then you'll need to sign up it here, which is also free.

A week with the game should be plenty of time to get the gist of it, then if you enjoy yourself you can buy the full game for £39.99 and all your saves and progress during the free trial will be carried over. Football Manager 2020 is completely free to play on Steam for a week, Sports Interactive has announced. It's free to play from today, 18th March until 3pm UK time on 25th March on PC and Mac. After this, you can continue by buying the game at any time as your career progress will be saved in either your Documents folder or the Steam Cloud. And with real-life football cancelled for the foreseeable future, Football Manager 2020 is a good shout for fans missing the beautiful game. With the coronavirus pandemic stopping all sporting events for the foreseeable future, that means no football on show for fans to enjoy.

But luckily, the next best thing, football management simulation game Football Manager 2020, is now free to play for seven days! After that, if you wish to continue playing, you can carry on the journey by purchasing the full game from Steam to ensure FM20 stays in your library. If you don't already have a Steam account, go to www.steampowered.com, click on 'Install Steam' and follow the instructions. Once Steam is installed and you've set up an account, the process is the same as above. Football Manager 2020, by Sports Interactive, is a hugely popular football simulation game which allows you to take control of your favourite club, or country, and work your way towards success.

It's very detailed and highly immersive, making it one of the most played PC games right now. Deals website Topcashback is giving anybody who buys FIFA 20 £15 back, meaning if you buy a used version you can get the game for just £20 after cashback. There's not much football being played right now, and even Euro 2020 has been postponed, but if you're stuck inside and missing the ups and downs of your team, you can at least try your hand at simulating them in Football Manager 2020. Sports Interactive is letting everyone don a flat cap and manage a team for free until March 25. Football Manager 2020 is free on Steam now, so you can add it to your library now.

"If you can afford the time though, this year's game is absolutely worth your attention, particularly if long-term saves are your thing," Fraser Gilbert wrote in our Football Manager 2020 review. Games like Football Manager and FIFA have also let teams give their fans something to watch amid all the cancellations. In lieu of live matches, some have been getting streamers to simulate them, while two Spanish footballers ended up going head to head in FIFA 20 for more than 60,000 fans. Football Manager 2020 is now available to play for free for the next week, with Sports Interactive coming to the aid of anyone bored at home. With more on your hands and no football or other sport to fill the time you might be wondering what to do, well Football Manager have come up with the perfect solution for the next week.

Football Manager 2020 is now completely free to play on Steam until 3PM (GMT) on March 25th for PC/Mac #FM20 pic.twitter.com/vMetkSO6q0 - Football Manager (@FootballManager) March 18, 2020 In their announcement Football Manager said, "If you're finding that you've got a little more time on your hands than normal just now, we might have a way for you to fill those free hours. Football Manager 2020 is free on Steam for the next week, starting at 3:00pm (GMT) on Wednesday March 18th and ending at 3:00pm (GMT) on Wednesday March 25th. "If you already have a Steam account, getting access to the game is straightforward - all you have to do is head to the Football Manager 2020 page and hit the download button. The game will move to your library and will be fully playable until the free week ends. "If you don't already have a Steam account, go to www.steampowered.com, click on 'Install Steam' and follow the instructions. Once Steam is installed and you've set up an account, the process is the same as above. "This free access only applies to the PC/Mac game (on Steam) and it will only be playable free-of-charge until the week has expired. After this, you can continue your journey by purchasing at any time as your career progress will be saved in either your Documents folder or the Steam Cloud." Watford played out their Premier League game against Leicester City last weekend on Football Manager, with the Premier League currently on hiatus.