Championship Manager 3

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Championship Manager 3
Championship Manager 3 cover
Sports Interactive
Eidos Interactive
Release dates
Windows March 26, 1999
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives Text-based
Controls Menu-based
Genres Sports, Strategy
Sports Football (Soccer)
Series Championship Manager
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Mouse and keyboard is required to play the game.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Text based game.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Hot seat, Versus
LAN play
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]


Out of memory/unable to start or load games[edit]

Running the game on Windows XP or newer can cause the errors 'There is not enough available system memory to restore the game' or 'There is not enough available system memory to create the game.' This can be fixed by right-clicking the shortcut icon or .exe, opening Properties and setting the game to run in Windows 98 compatibility mode from the Compatibility tab.

Missing saved games[edit]

Saved games can appear to disappear if the game is run in Administrator mode (via Compatibility options, not as an Administrator user). This can be turned off by right-clicking the shortcut icon or .exe, opening Properties and unchecking 'Run this program as an administrator' from the Compatibility tab. After restarting the game any missing saves should be available to play.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]