Team Football bringing football home with England deal – Official England team game to launch on mobile and tablets

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based Team Football has completed a deal to bring Official England Football to football fans and gamers across the country. The game is being released on iOS, Android and Windows 8 phones and tablets.

With this license, Team Football is launching an authentic game based on the English national side, allowing players to compete as all of the England squad who will be heading to Brazil this summer. The signing of this license also signals the start of a number of similar imminent announcements bringing official team football experiences to fans globally.

Official England Football will only be available to purchase in England and the UK. However, Official England Football also allows players in other territories across the world to download the official England data to add to their experience allowing overseas fans to play as any one of the current crop of English talent.

Official England Football will feature four main game modes:

  • World Tournament mode – offers a traditional international tournament format
  • World League mode – users can upgrade player stats, and build their squad like a true manager
  • Friendlies – practice and play as your favourite teams
  • Scenario mode – puts players in the shoes of real life past events, with additional scenarios to be made available for download during the course of the summer. Creative Director of Team Football, Steven Huckle has stated that “We hope to bring enjoyment to football fans across the world by giving regular updates and keeping up-to-date with real life scenarios”

In-game commentary comes from the broadcasting legend John Motson. The combination of the instantly recognisable voice of Motty and the Three Lions on the shirt makes a great combination for all England fans.

Music is provided by DubFX, using a version of ‘Flow’ as the title track for the game, a song that has had 20m views on YouTube.

A new games development and publishing company, Team Football is based in the Innovation Birmingham Campus’ Entrepreneurs for the Future centre. The start-up has been established by a group of games industry veterans, who between them have over 90 years games industry experience.  The football mad team has been involved in some of the best loved football games of the last 20+ years including Sensible Soccer, Super Kick-Off, Actua Soccer, Premier Manager, Soccer ’97 and multiple versions of FIFA.

Steven Huckle, Team Football’s Creative Director said “When we founded Team Football, our goal was to work with high profile licenses – such as England – to significantly raise the profile of our games.  We’ve worked really hard since late last year to develop a game that is fun to play and will give our end users plenty of enjoyment this summer and beyond.  Now, by adding the England license, we are also giving those who play our game the authenticity of the official game logo, player names and team kit.  With football high on the agenda for fans of England this summer, we’re sure they’ll enjoy playing our game and attempting to perform as well – or better – than the national side, by playing Official England Football on their chosen platform.”

The range of licensed games launching in June 2014, of which Official England Football is one title, was developed under the Creative England and Microsoft programme ‘Greenshoots’.  Creative England’s Head of Games & Digital Media, Jaspal Sohal, said: “Team Football is a shining example of what the Greenshoots programme is all about; supporting new and emerging games developers with innovative ideas that have huge potential. We were impressed with Team Football’s imagination and passion, and it’s great to see what they’re achieving on an international level.”

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