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Miles Ja­cob­son was work­ing in the mu­sic in­dus­try when he gave two gig tick­ets to Do­mark Soft­ware em­ploy­ees in ex­change for the chance to be­come an al­pha tester on Cham­pi­onship Man­ager 2. Sports In­ter­ac­tive co-founders Ov and Paul Col­lyer re­alised Ja­cob­son’s tal­ents were be­ing wasted, ask­ing him to publish on­line data up­dates be­fore em­ploy­ing him as the company’s un­of­fi­cial business ad­vi­sor on a part-time ba­sis. He be­came the stu­dio’s MD in 1999, leav­ing his A&R role to take the post full-time two years later. Un­der his stew­ard­ship, Sports In­ter­ac­tive has grown into one of the best­known names in Bri­tish de­vel­op­ment – half of the top ten fastest-sell­ing PC games in the UK are from the Foot­ball Man­ager se­ries.

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