Eastside Hockey Manager series

Eastside Hockey Manager, commonly known as EHM or NHL EHM is a video game series about managing an ice hockey team. 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 freeware game called "Eastside Hockey Manager: 2nd Generation", generally referred to as the original Eastside Hockey Manager or 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 Interactive to 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 Sega under the name of NHL Eastside Hockey Manager in 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 Interactive and Sega released 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.

The Future

It was confirmed on January 30 2007 that 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.

External links

* [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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