A deal has been struck between performance analysis firm Prozone and the creators of video game Football Manager which will see the game's database of players from the around the world utilised by Premier League clubs putting together future transfers.
Sports Interactive (SI), who make the hit management simulator, will offer up their extensive database of 550,000 players, managers and staff stats to Prozone's Recruiter tool, which is already used by top clubs around the world.
Sports Interactive Studio Director Miles Jacobson said in a statement (Via Mirror.co.uk): "For years we've heard stories of real-life managers and scouts using our data to help with the recruitment process. From now on, it's official... real managers around the world will be finding and comparing players using data and a search system that will be very familiar to players of Football Manager.
"The information gathered by our network of more than 1,300 scouts around the world, combined with Prozone's amazing performance data, makes this an invaluable tool for any football club that takes player recruitment seriously."
SI's record includes 250 varieties of data, including biographical, positional, skill and contractual information, which has been collated by a network of 1300 scouts around the world.
"Prozone Recruiter has been built to supplement the intuition of scouts and coaches by delivering detailed performance information on over 80,000 players worldwide," said Prozone CEO Thomas Schmider.
"It's not a one-size-fits-all solution, instead it's been designed to empower clubs to tailor its functionality to suit their own unique recruitment requirements. The Sports Interactive database is a highly accurate and valuable resource that will further enhance the recruitment services that we provide. Complementing our exhaustive technical data and video footage with excellent biographical, contractual and positional information."
SI has announced Football Manager 2015 will be released in November.