Beautiful Game Studios

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Beautiful Game Studios
Industry Video game industry
Founded2003;16 years ago (2003)
Key people
Roy Meredith (general manager)
Products Championship Manager series
Parent Square Enix Europe
Website   Blue pencil.svg

Beautiful Game Studios is a British video game developer based within the Wimbledon district of London, England. Founded in 2003, [1] the studio was announced on 30 January 2004, as internal development team of Eidos Interactive (later renamed Square Enix Europe), that would focus on the development of Championship Manager , after the original developer of the series, Sports Interactive, departed from Eidos Interactive in 2003. [2]

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On 25 November 2009, after Eidos Interactive was acquired by Square Enix and renamed Square Enix Europe, the company announced that Beautiful Game Studios would undergo restructuring "to build a successful commercial future for the Championship Manager brand". [3] Within that restructuring, around 80% of jobs were cut or relocated to Eidos Shanghai in a cost-cutting exercise, while Roy Meredith was kept as general manager. [4]

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On 7 September 2010, Beautiful Game Studios announced that they had entered into a strategic partnership with Chinese publisher Shanda Games, which granted them distribution of upcoming Championship Manager games in China. [5] The partnership grew largely from the then-enlarged Eidos Shanghai studio's previous work with Shanda Games, as well as long-term communications between Beautiful Game Studios, Eidos Shanghai and Shanda Games. [6] The resulting project, Championship Manager: World of Football , was announced on 19 July 2011. [7] The game was set to be a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game, [8] however the game was never released, making Championship Manager 2010 , released on 11 September 2009, the latest game to be developed by Beautiful Game Studios.

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