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Hi All!

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. 

Screenshot_20200910_165145.thumb.jpg.825244833dfe7ed48faab3e87b3cc00e.jpg

Set Display Images to ON to see the club and player images associated with your selected data pack. (This is the default option)

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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. 

 

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1 hour ago, Alex(SM Support) said:

Hi All!

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. 

Screenshot_20200910_165145.thumb.jpg.825244833dfe7ed48faab3e87b3cc00e.jpg

Set Display Images to ON to see the club and player images associated with your selected data pack. (This is the default option)

Screenshot_20200910_165224.thumb.jpg.f3c7b1e33c8fd51a83f0911910b44b46.jpg

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. 

 

I have one question. Does data pack will be always update with new transfers, if they will be online?

If not, how long we wait for update transfers. After official release 14.9 we have one months for window closed. Did you update daily, weekly or give online data pack with real time updates (if you take from soccerwiki)

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1 hour ago, Benedict said:

Please can there be offline mode because data is not cheap in Nigeria and sometimes even slow

Sorry, but as was mentioned in the original post, we do not have any plans to add an offline mode.

The game is online-only for many reasons. We need to receive analytic data about the app, users need to be able to connect with their account for their boosts, credits and manager profile. We need to be able to serve adverts, because we are a free to play game. At the moment, we do not have any plans to change this.

We understand this is inconvenient for some users, but we are offering several solutions to try and make the game use less data.

We have made it so you can stop showing images in the game. You can do this by opening the settings menu and set "Display Images" to data saving. Then it will stop downloading images, which will save lots of data.

In version 1.0.9, we have made it so that most information for the game is saved locally within the game files, which has also reduced the amount of data needed to run the game.

I hope this answers your question and you can understand why we will continue to require an internet connection for SM21, while offering features to help users reduce the data needed.

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12 hours ago, KennyDUFC said:

Hi, I was accepted as a beta tester earlier and was working fine and I the n accidentally deleted the app when having a clear out. Tried to reinstall and now saying my device is incompatible. I'm on Android 9.0 will that work with full version on 18th?

What device (make and model) are you attempting to access the device on?

 

 

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On 9/10/2020 at 8:32 PM, Alex(SM Support) said:

Hi All!

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. 

Screenshot_20200910_165145.thumb.jpg.825244833dfe7ed48faab3e87b3cc00e.jpg

Set Display Images to ON to see the club and player images associated with your selected data pack. (This is the default option)

Screenshot_20200910_165224.thumb.jpg.f3c7b1e33c8fd51a83f0911910b44b46.jpg

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. 

 

I hope so, you will be give update with transfer before official release...because you prolonged date ..

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  • 2 weeks later...

Can we at least get one more data pack for SM 2020, I want both games, when I don't have an internet connection I'll play the SM20, if we can get all the 2021 transfers and new players on the SM 20 that will be really great.

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