Eastside Hockey Manager series
Eastside Hockey Manager, commonly known as EHM or NHL EHM is a
video gameseries about managing an ice hockeyteam. The series started out as a popular freeware game and later evolved into the commercial NHL Eastside Hockey Manager games developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega.
Eastside Hockey Manager
The game series started out after a small hobby project "Eastside Hockey Manager" grew step by step and eventually led into the creation of a
freewaregame called "Eastside Hockey Manager: 2nd Generation", generally referred to as the original Eastside Hockey Manageror in short EHM. This first public release in the series was created by a small independent team led by Finnish programmer Risto Remes.
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager
In 2002, the series branched as Remes signed with
Sports Interactiveto work on a commercial version of the game. The new version of the game went by the working title of "Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition" before being released by Segaunder the name of NHL Eastside Hockey Managerin 2004. Rather than bringing over the code of the original freeware game, the new game was built upon the technology used in Sports Interactive's highly successful soccer management series Championship Manager 3.
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005
In May 2005,
Sports Interactiveand Segareleased the first sequel for the commercial version, called NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005. The European release of the 2005 version was based on the 2004–05 hockey season and featured new licensed leagues to play and updated the user interface of the game as well as other areas of the game. In late September 2005, a North American version of the game was released with updated rules for the 2005–06 hockey season. At the same time, a free season update was released for the European version of the 2005 game to bring it up-to-date.
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007 was released on September 22, 2006, and is the current edition of the game. It includes many new features, such as a fantasy draft, a new real-time 2D engine and a new
GUI. This game is only currently available via digital download.
It was confirmed on
January 30 2007that the development of the NHL Eastside Hockey Manager series has been put on hold indefinitely, with Sports Interactive Managing Director Miles Jacobson citing piracy as a major factor in the game's disappointing retail sales history, which eventually forced the game to be released as digital download only [http://community.sigames.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/6461934525/m/8602070492/p/1] . All the members of the EHM development team at Sports Interactive continue to work on other projects at the studio.
* [http://www.sigames.com/ehm Official Website at SIGames.com]
* [http://www.eastsidehockeymanager.net Official NHL EHM 2005 website]
* [http://community.sigames.com/forumdisplay.php?f=39 Official NHL EHM discussion forums]
* [http://www.ehmtheblueline.com/ EHM The Blue Line] Information and downloads for the NHL EHM series
* [http://www.fhockey.com/ FHockey.com] Information and downloads for the original freeware game as well as the NHL EHM series
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