The backing of soccer’s international governing body didn’t help Electronic Arts’ FIFA Superstars in its competition with Nordeus’ Top Eleven for monthly players and now the latter is releasing a comprehensive update.
The Belgrade, Serbia-based developer hopes the new version of its soccer management game picks up where the original version left off, drawing more monthly players than its FIFA-backed counterpart from EA.
Top Eleven currently has more than 4.5 million monthly average users, compared with just under 2.5 million playing FIFA Superstars, and the two games’ average daily users total nearly 939,000 and more than 413,000, respectively.
Players of Top Eleven handle every detail of running a soccer club, including:
- Training: Managers now control all aspects of their players’ training, such as which skills they should focus on, balancing training intensity with players’ physical condition, and whether to change a player’s position.
- Finances: Managers choose sponsorship deals to obtain more premium currency to spend on their clubs, and they must decide whether to opt for a steady but small income, or to sign riskier deals.
- Construction: Managers are responsible for deciding what type of stadium and other facilities to build for their squads.
Once all of the details are settled, managers compete against fellow managers in leagues with 28-day seasons. Top finishers are promoted to higher-caliber leagues, facing tougher competition, but with the chance to supply their teams with more money, better players, and a chance to hoist the Champions Cup.
Nordeus Chief Executive Officer Branko Milutinovic said:
We’ve been working really hard over the past six months to get these new features built into the game. The early feedback we’ve got from our loyal beta-testers has been fantastic and helped us fine-tune the new features, ready for our millions of players.
These changes make Top Eleven even more lifelike by bringing in more decisions to keep managers thinking and on their toes. Previously, on-the-pitch strategies were the main way in which players could stamp their identity on their team. Now it’s possible to strategize the running of managers’ clubs across the entire game.
Readers: Are you ready to take over your own soccer club?