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Football Manager 2016 Beta now available

The beta version of FM16 is now available to download via Steam for those of you who pre-ordered the game from our store. It's not too late to pre-order and play the game right now!

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The Football Manager 2016 Beta is now available to play for those who have pre-ordered from our store.

You can still pre-order FM16 at our official store at any time between now and November 13th and get immediate access to the beta version as well as the Football Manager Documentary for free*.

For the first time ever, the Beta features network play – allowing managers to play against each other in online games including one of the new game modes for 2016, Fantasy Draft.

As always, any career progress you make during the Beta will carry forward when the game updates upon full release**, which is November 13th.

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is this FM16 pre-order?
Anyone who pre-orders the game through our official store will be emailed a code which will allow early beta access to the game. The early access period is roughly 2 weeks (from now til November 13th) – so allowing people who pre-order to start playing an early pre-release version of the game two weeks before its actual release as a product.

What is this beta version?
The beta version is a full version of the game with 1 main limitation: no pre-game editor. It has small known issues that will be fixed when final version is released on November 13th.
For the first-time ever it includes online multiplayer game modes, including new Fantasy Draft.

Is this the Demo?
No, it's NOT the demo. It's a pre-release version of the game and you can play as much as you like, there is no season limit or anything. The demo will be released a couple of days before the final game release, so around 11 November.

Buy your Football Manager 2016 activation code from to start playing the beta version now!

What happens to my beta save when the game updates to the final version?
Your beta save game will remain as a file in your computer and it will carry over to the final version. Beta will automatically update to final on November 13th similar to the way a new patch is applied to your game.

Is the editor included in the beta?
No, the editor will be available when the final game is released at 00.01 GMT on Friday 13th November.

Talk me through the process how to download the beta.
You buy your activation code from our store and you will receive an email containing your activation code, along with instructions how to redeem them on Steam.

Here are steps:

  • Once you complete your order, after a few minutes you will receive an order confirmation email and another email with your activation code.
    Make sure to check your email's Spam/Junk folder and the Promotions tab if you are on Gmail in case the email is there already.

  • Download Steam client and Install it, it's free.

  • Log in to an existing Steam account or create one for free.

  • Launch Steam client and click on the + ADD A GAME button in the lower-left corner of the Steam client (on the Library view).

  • Choose Activate a Product on Steam, and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.

Before you dive in and get familiar with the Beta, the last thing we’ll say is that this is not the finished article and certain aspects of game play may well change ahead of full release on November 13th. If you do spot any issues, please report these immediately on the official Sports Interactive forum.

*The Football Manager Documentary will appear in your inventory as a gift
**At this stage it is unclear whether online multi-player games will carry forward into full release but single player games will for sure

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