World Basketball Manager (WBM) is a basketball strategy game. It uses the same game-play principles as most soccer management games do. Entering the game, the player creates his manager profile and he is hired as the general manager of a basketball club and his task is to improve the team’s performance by analyzing the facts and making...
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Mostly Negative (121 reviews) - 37% of the 121 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 21, 2010

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About This Game

World Basketball Manager (WBM) is a basketball strategy game. It uses the same game-play principles as most soccer management games do. Entering the game, the player creates his manager profile and he is hired as the general manager of a basketball club and his task is to improve the team’s performance by analyzing the facts and making the right decisions. He controls the various club departments funding (medical, training facilities, youth academy), transfers, contracts, training and of course when the match day comes, he will have to select the team lineup, create the most appropriate strategy and find the way to victory by countering the opposing manager’s plans.

As the season progresses, the manager will receive feedback from press, fans, players and administration. Also score that ranks him among the world's managers. And later on, job offers - even national teams!

Key features:

  • W.B.M. covers all major basketball action in the world
  • Easy to use Editor gives full access to the database
  • WBM features an incredibly well-balanced, real-time match algorithm, with realistic results and challenging A.I.
  • Managers have control of all the actions that their real-life counterparts have
  • Player, team, manager and tournament history records
  • Available in 11 different languages

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista Sp1 or later
    • Processor: Pentium IV or equivalent
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D card
    • Hard Drive: 500MB free hard disk space
    • Sound: Sound Card
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Mostly Negative (121 reviews)
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de_mystical.ly
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
Basically the game is based on 2K2016 NBA. PS(j.k. game is a powerpoint presentation) ;/
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Meru
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 27, 2015
10/10
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Camel Master
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
Is broken, unplayable. Probably for the best.
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Duggo
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 9, 2015
Just like everyone else; I've played this for a bit and wish I hadn't.
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C9 Van
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 30, 2015
A treasured friend gifted me this game and it filled me with joy. Who doesn't enjoy free stuff!

After many painful minutes of trying to get to the main powerpoint slide it instantly crashed when I tried actually playing the actual basketball game. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, this game is forever in my library of games.

If you truly hate someone, want to be a d*ck to a friend like mine or taint your steam profile with bad games you've found the game for you!

Otherwise abandon hope now.
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Mahrten
( 70.9 hrs on record )
Posted: October 23, 2015
no
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ra.fa.9000
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 14, 2015
♥♥♥♥ing perfect m8, just an amazing experience, highly recommended
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Sir Mix-A-Lot
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: August 12, 2015
Ok, I'll admit i dont play a bunch of managing games, but even this seems confusing to the most skilled of people. Right now im managing the "UTEH JEZZ" and i literally dont know.
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[MMBF] Shelton
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: August 1, 2015
This game is just plain ♥♥♥ broken. Random crashes to the desktop are the norm. Never actually go to play a game yet.
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Sideshow Iqbob
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21, 2015
This game cured my erectile dysfunction.
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Hammy
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29, 2015
Controls don't seem to work, virtually un-playable.
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M'dar | twitch.tv/mdarezy
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8, 2015
Totally waste of time. I suggest everyone not to buy.
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Markanaya
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25, 2015
this game is so ♥♥♥♥ing garbage i swear to ♥♥♥♥ing god i would rather kill myself than play this again

i cant even begin to describe how ♥♥♥♥ing awful this is

oh my god

:caster_mad:

game sucks
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WhenAHotStrangerHoldsTheDoor
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19, 2015
From kid, to Kobe. Ever wanted to be a black man and not the feeble cracker you are, well i have. This game was quality, it made me slam dunk like i was up there with MJ himself, michael jordan not michael jackson, michael jackson touches kids balls not dunks them. But lets get back on topic. WBM10 is the game for any enthusiast of baseball!
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adam
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13, 2015
I've been playing sport manager games since 1980s, but this one is really one of the worst - runs really slow and horrible (and I mean horrible) interface that looks like it was made by 10-year-old who never seen any interface in his life
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fastfoodlifers
( 112.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20, 2015
So frustrated, basically unplayable.

I was hoping so badly for this just to be decent... that's all I wanted, a DECENT game here. I wasn't expecting the stars, just to be able to be lost in Training and Acquiring Players and seeing my decisions impact the outcome on the Courts.

Problem is... I can't get to the Courts. Game stalls out every single time I try to play the first Game. Every single time. I've yet to see any of the 'Season', and I've tried for over 130 HOURS!!!
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Suprized_Frank
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21, 2015
Im not going to write a review because its that bad.
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Koyukuk
( 38.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 23, 2015
It's no Football Manager, but it's decent for a basketball manager game. I played one of the newer versions and it seemed like the series got worse.
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TommaS/Thunder CZ
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14, 2015
This game crashes when you start playing a match? It's because the steam version. Go to the official website(WBM.com), click on Tech Support & FAQ and find your problem.
I fix it and now i'm enjoing it.
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Falco Gooner
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9, 2015
Why on earth did I buy this?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Basically the game is based on 2K2016 NBA. PS(j.k. game is a powerpoint presentation) ;/
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
A treasured friend gifted me this game and it filled me with joy. Who doesn't enjoy free stuff!

After many painful minutes of trying to get to the main powerpoint slide it instantly crashed when I tried actually playing the actual basketball game. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, this game is forever in my library of games.

If you truly hate someone, want to be a d*ck to a friend like mine or taint your steam profile with bad games you've found the game for you!

Otherwise abandon hope now.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
58 of 72 people (81%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
There's no game in this.
There's no way to sanely navigate the menu, and some of the buttons are broken.

Spend your money on bubble gum instead of this.
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46 of 54 people (85%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 20, 2014
This game has been uninstalled on My PC since the first 143 seconds of opening it up. I'm not sure I would even call this a "game" as it is more like a powerpoint presentation. Windows notepad is more fun than this program. The menu is horrid, the grammar is horrid, player names are spelt incorrectly.

I still see this in my game library at times and have even googled "how to dis-own a steam game" because it insults my library by just being there in the list.

If I didn't already own this game, and Steam were forceably giving it to people with an option of paying $2 to NOT own it, then I would pay.

That is how bad it is. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
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50 of 74 people (68%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Like drinking ebola
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
Complete buggy garbage. Stay away.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Avoid this at any cost, even in sale. The game is as deep as a plate and as appealing as Excel lite in red, means you could have more fun with Excel. Overall this is just an ugly RNG with no indepth.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Steam gave me this game for Christmas in 2011, and despite being completely FREE, it's not worth playing.
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27 of 40 people (68%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
I've been playing sport manager games since 1980s, but this one is really one of the worst - runs really slow and horrible (and I mean horrible) interface that looks like it was made by 10-year-old who never seen any interface in his life
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2015
i really tried to like but...
Horrible interface, Bugs, confusing at first

Not worth the actual price
Not worth playing

:(
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30 of 49 people (61%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2014
This is a very nice game but I recommend it only to die hard "Old School" manager games fans. The rest better stay away from this.
Also the steam version of the game is buggy. You must apply the following fix in order to play the matches:
1. Disable temporarily windows UAC. (Here is how: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/turn-user-account-control-on-or-off )
2. Download www.wbmgame.com/files/registerdx8.zip
Unzip inside "C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\world basketball manager 2010" and double click. Note that if you are using Vista or Windows7 you must right click the file and select "Run as administrator"

This is from the official website FAQ & Tech Support: www.wbmgame.com
There is also a 2014 version there that is bug free.
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25 of 41 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 27, 2013
Buggy and unsupported. There are far better Basketball Management games out there. Don't be fooled into thinking this one is the best one simply because it's on Steam. Even at $1 you've wasted your money.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
this game is so ♥♥♥♥ing garbage i swear to ♥♥♥♥ing god i would rather kill myself than play this again

i cant even begin to describe how ♥♥♥♥ing awful this is

oh my god

:caster_mad:

game sucks
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2014
Quite confusing menus and can't start a match because an error keeps popping up, lucky i got this very cheap
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26 of 44 people (59%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
After experiencing 0.2 hours of this masterpiece I am now able to close the game for a second and write this review. First of all the game does not work in full screen view, this is an amazing design feature as now people with low-end rigs will be able to play this game, maybe the devs copied Realm Of The Mad God a game that can only be played in windowed mode. Secondly the interface is also amazing the spinning basketball in the top left really creates next generation physics and graphics. Also the fact that there is no tutorial and I still have not played a game yet because I don't know how really shows the devs respect long time gamers of this franchise. The game also has very long load times that means you can do other things while it loads amazing work from the devs. The game also has no Licensing this mean the actual names of teams have been edited for a more emersive experiance, my local team is now called the 'Niwcastle Eegles'. In conclustion I would say this game is very much in contertion for GOTY and possibly even game of the decade if there is one, I am looking forward to World Basketball Manager 2011 and can't wait for future updates to make the game even better. £0.34 well spent.
10.2/10
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2011
Steve Jones was in the zone. His managing skills had hit the apex of humanity's feeble, singleminded attempts at managing robotic basketball players on his computer. Staring intently at his Excel spreadsheet detailing down-to-the-decimal statistics about each player, he leaned down to nose level with his desk and snorted an expertly cut line of cocaine without ever taking his eyes off of the computer screen. He needed to manage this team and he needed to manage it faster than the entire world.

"Honey?" his wife said, poking her head into his management domain. She had broken the sacred vows of all basketball manager wives and invaded his spreadsheet galaxy. "I heard screaming earlier. Are you alright?"

Without hesitation, Steve Jones, spreadsheet king, whipped his arm around with a Colt Python in his hand and slaughtered Marla Jones, victim of another basketball management homicide, without looking away from the monitor.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
I left a longer review on the newer version of this game, World Basketball Tycoon (or WBM Tycoon), which I still didn't recommend (it looks a bit nicer and has some other fun features and less bugs but still no tutorial.)

This one is absolutely obtuse, no tutorial, worse UI, and best of all keeps crashing on me or bugging out. Sorry, nope.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
210.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I played vidya weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of the steam store,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently jamming, slamming at my bedroom door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `dribbling at my bedroom door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

And the faint echoes of earthen dribbling had come ascertain
Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
`'Tis my mother entreating entrance at my bedroom door -
My dear mother entreating entrance at my bedroom door; -
This it is, and nothing more,'

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
`Mum,' said I, `or father, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came slamming,
And so faintly you came jamming, jamming at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you' - here I opened wide the door; -
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a slammin’ somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,' said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, then return to games once more -
Let my heart be still a moment and then to games once more; -
'Tis my mum and nothing more!'

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a hop-step and flutter,
In there stepped Charles Wade Barkley of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, over mien head and body, dunked above my bedroom door -
Dunked upon a mini hoop just above my bedroom door -
Dunked, then stood, and nothing more.

Then this ebony man beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Yo, thy game be weak and lackin’, thou,' he said, `be thee slackin’.
Playing these games that do not feature dunkin’ and 3 point scores –
You shall play World Basketball Manager and nothing more!’
Quoth the Barkley, `Nothing more.'

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
`Doubtless,' said I, `I have other options of the steam store,
So many games I have master and many yet thereafter
To play just one video game would surely begin to bore –
Till the game had worn out oneself to become an eyesore’
‘Nay’, I said, ‘I will play more.'

But Barkley began jamming with his ball he was slamming,
Slam dunked over my head which had sent me to my bedroom floor;
Then, upon thoughts retrieving, I betook myself to seeing
The dunking would not cease if I not accept Barkley’s chore
Upon which I would play just World Basketball, and nothing more
Quoth the Barkley, `Nothing more.'

This I sat engaged in passing with each hour amassing
Began to wear and tear at me, shaking my soul’s very core
This and more I sat playing, and my thoughts began fading
Into dribbling, passing, shooting, and increasing my team's score,
The night began to cede day, thine eyes began to glossen o’er,
Sleep I shall, ah, nevermore!

Then, me thoughts finally gathered, finally awaken to this hazard
For a moment braver than the peril of a dunk once more.
`CHARLES,' I cried, `by which God hath sent thee - by whichever name I do plea!
Respite - respite that I may play this video game no more!
There are a wondrous many games mein youth hath yet to explore!'
Quoth the Barkley, `Nevermore.'

`Barkley!' said I, `thing of evil! - mercy parts, if man or devil! -
Thou cannot expect that I dunk in this game anymore,
Part my freedom Round Mound, Sir Charles of the Rebound
No less than a ‘undred hours played as you have implore -
Please, please I cannot hit more baskets, release me I implore!'
Quoth the Barkley, `Nevermore.'

`Barkley!' said I, `thing of evil! – curse thee balded devil!
I am Canadian, it is hockey that I should adore -
I need ice- not floors wooden, equip with skates- not Air Jordan’s.
Why task me with hours of fade shots and layups to shoot for -
By which sin, wickedness, or folly am I answering for?'
Quoth the Barkley, `Nevermore.'

`No more of this defensive guarding, dribbles, or dunks,' I shrieked upstarting -
`Get thee back into the court and leave me to games once more!
Leave me so my soul unbroken may have rest for yet a moment!
I beg you Barkley, leave me and do not dunk upon my door!
I wish to live free; to marry, grow old, and see the sun once more!'
Quoth the Barkley, `Nevermore.'

And the Barkley, never flitting, still is dribbling, still is dribbling
On the soft echoing boards laying still on my bedroom floor;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Basketball - and nothing more!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
This game crashes when you start playing a match? It's because the steam version. Go to the official website(WBM.com), click on Tech Support & FAQ and find your problem.
I fix it and now i'm enjoing it.
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