Perfect timing from the magicians at Sports Interactive, giving our lives a sense of purpose this weekend in the absence of Chelsea football with a free preview weekend of Football Manager 2017 on Steam.
The promotion is already active, so all you have to do is log in to Steam, download, and play. The full game (not the demo) is free to play until Sunday 8pm UK time, at which point you can continue playing by purchasing the game at 50 per cent off.
Fair warning: once you start, this might literally take up all your free time and then some*.
To celebrate the event, the Football Manager documentary, “An Alternative Reality” can also be watched for free over on Goal.com.
So, what are you still doing here? Time’s a-wasting! (If you need help with tactics, such as the 3-4-3, I highly recommend reading a few things from my pal Guido Merry, who runs the site called ‘Strikerless’.
* I went through large parts of the previous decade sucked into a black hole of Championship Manager 01-02, Football Manager 2007, and Football Manager Live. Sadly, FM Live didn’t quite catch on as much as I we all hoped.