Football Manager 2012 requires Steam activation

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Sega has Steam activation compulsory for the next edition of Football Manager, after claiming that at least four fifths of the game's players are using pirated copies.

Those who buy the upcoming football management simulation will need to install Steam, if they haven't already, and activate the game through Valve's online network.

Sega insists that this one-time activation is the only measure that will be taken to prevent piracy. Players can play offline.Yet the announcement has met resistance with vocal members of the Football Manager community.

Games in the FM series typically suffer an 80 per cent piracy rate.

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