Over the past few weeks we have seen some major concerns regarding the internet connectivity on our latest release.
A connection to the internet is and will continue to be required to play Soccer Manager 2021
Why is an internet connection necessary?
As a free to play game we are reliant on in-app purchases made by our users to make our money back each year. Having items verified on the server ensures that those attempting to cheat the game with hacks any third party applications will find it a little more difficult. This allows us to continue to create the series and continue to improve it year on year.
Alongside this, key to our continued growth and remaining a free app, is the visibility/discoverability on the app stores. We are an independent publisher and spend the vast majority of our budget on development. Leaving not so much for marketing. This means we rely heavily on organic traffic to generate new fans of the series who, like you, will stick with us as we develop our shared vision. The app stores use algorithms to determine a games placement in the store listings and likelihood of being featured. Offline users don't share information back to the stores to increase our placements.
We are listening and we have acted!
After hearing the potential issues your feedback has raised we have spent time massively optimising the use of data transfer through web requests.
The game data is provided through data packs, hosted online. So some internet access is required to have the best possible experience. In our next release 1.0.9 the data called as you play will be cached locally attached to your save file. So you will only download the player data once and each time you view that player it will search locally for the assets.
In addition to this, we have added an option in the settings (see screen shots below).
The DISPLAY IMAGES option will turn off all web requests for images within the game, this will ensure only the core account data is being uploaded and downloaded allowing you to play with minimal data transfer.
Set Display Images to ON to see the club and player images associated with your selected data pack. (This is the default option)
Set Display Images to DATA SAVING to disable all web requests for images. The game will not attempt to show any club or player images removing all data transfer while navigating the application.
Please let us know how you find the changes we have made.