Alright folks, I’m back in another interview with a legend. One thing that has changed dramatically since I was last playing FM regularly (back in the days when there were only forums to learn from) is the uprising of FM related YouTube channels. There are some brilliant ones around, and I have a couple of interviews coming up over the next week or so with some of the best ones, in my humble, out there. Today, I am delighted to have spoken to StatApp of the YouTube channel of the same name. Over to him now…
Hey Stat, thanks for giving up some time to speak to me today. Straight up mate, tell my followers who you are….
I’m Luke, I run a YouTube channel that features videos of me playing Football Manager. I’ve been running a little under 1 year. I basically play video games at my desk and record them for people to watch. They seem to enjoy it so that’s pretty awesome if you ask me.
With your YouTube channel being one of the most watched out there, you very much qualify as an FM Legend, but tell us when you started playing the game?
Legend seems a little silly to me but ok ….. I’ve just turned 29 so have been playing the game for around 20 years. My first memories are of me playing stuff like CM Italia and going from there. Obviously the game has come along way since those days and I’m sure some of your younger readers will have no idea what I’m talking about.
What made you want to start recording about it?
It’s hard to say really. I guess when you break it all down, it starts with an enjoyment of the series and generally a love of football. I’d almost say I enjoy the game more than I enjoy real football. That might not actually be true but it’s a close call. As things have developed over time, more and more people have asked questions and wanted advice. This has given me the incentive to design tactics, write articles etc outside of my work on YouTube.
Where did you develop all your knowledge?
Two main areas. Experience of playing that game over a very long time and even more importantly learning from other people. I read a lot of articles and seek out opinions as often as possible. It would be great to say that everything I do in a video is entirely my own thinking but specifically my tactical thought process and in-games decisions are based on years of playing and what I’ve learnt from others along the way and I’m happy to admit that. I try to share other people’s work in the FM community as much as possible because simply put it’s amazingly information and educational.
What has your greatest save been to date?
My favourite recorded series is probably my Celtic in England YouTube stuff. Mainly as it was so long running and I learnt so much along the way.
As for outside of YouTube. I had a save as Peterborough when I was much younger. If I remember correctly I won 5 Champions Leagues with the likes of Mark Kerr and Dionisis Chiotis heavily involved.
I did have a striker who scored 100 goals in a season once…. for Preston. That ranks quite highly.
What has been your biggest FM failure so far?
It’s hard to remember really. I had a recent Hull series that was a bit of a flop. It was during the beta release of FM15 so I was still getting to grips with the game. But yeah….. that didn’t go too well.
Who are you managing in FM15, and why?
Currently I’m managing Newcastle in a WIN ONE TAKE ONE series. Just to give you an idea of what that is. You start off with a randomly drafted squad from the 20 premiership teams. From that point on, if you win a game you take a player from your opposition, if you lose a game you lose a player to your opposition and if you draw the game you win one and you lose one. It’s a really fun concept that people seem to love.
For you, what has been the best addition to FM15 and why?
Probably the scouting? I like the fog of war style addition. I think the game is an improvement this year but don’t think there was any game changing additions. I’m quite passive in terms of FM though. Never too high and never too low, version to version. It’s a good version that seems quite well received.
Equally, what has been the worst?
Inverted wingbacks. Just doesn’t work properly. At all.
If you were in charge of SI for a day, what would you change and why?
As head of Sports Interactive, I’d sign a legally binding document that tied the company into building and developing an NFL management game. I’d of course be gone the next day but the ball would be rolling for what could be an amazing video game.
Stat, again, thanks for your time today. As I said at the start, I think your YouTube Channel StatApp is one of the best out there, and I would urge anyone that hasn’t subscribed yet to do so now!
No worries, enjoyed our chat.
You can also follow Luke on Twitter: @statisticalapp