Top Eleven super-users experience what it’s like being José Mourinho via intense VR experience

  • Wannabee top flight managers put through their paces by ruthless journalists
  • José watches from the sidelines to critique performance
  • VR prototype tests boundaries and shows the shape of things to come

In a bid to see if football fans have the ability to manage a career defining press conference, Top Eleven, has once again enlisted the help of famed football legend, José Mourinho. This time, the online football management game – which has over 160 million players worldwide – hosted one of the first immersive virtual reality press conferences.

Using the latest VR technology, a prototype was created to put wannabe managers through their paces as part of a once in lifestyle opportunity. A number of super-users were selected to experience a high-pressure press conference scenario, stepping into the shoes of their favourite football manager. In a test of resilience, participants were quizzed on typical football situations that premiership managers, like José, experience whenever they are grilled by the media. The topics ranged from team selection and management style, to reputation and recent wayward behaviour of star players.

Ensuring participants didn’t crumble under pressure, Top Eleven conducted a robust training programme. Participants underwent coaching, which examined everything from body language to tips and advice on tone, and how best to combat an barrage of loaded questions. Unbeknown to participants, José watched as the aspiring managers got hot under the collar – eventually surprising them with feedback, face-to-face.

Speaking about their experience, one super-user said, “I was immersed in a virtual world, which I knew wasn’t real, but still felt the pressure as if I was in a real press conference scenario. I have a newfound respect for managers like José.”

Marko Jevtic, Product Marketing Manager at Nordeus said: “Beyond tactics and strategy, we wanted to see if our super-users had the skills of top flight managers, by putting them through a brutal press conference. Whilst the VR element isn’t yet planned as an update, we wanted to experiment with this feature, to add a new dimension to the skills we test through our community-led game. So far, feedback has been positive, as we continue to look for ways to push the boundaries of the football management genre.”