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FM2020 Licensing and Real Name Fix File v2.3 for FM20.4.1 [released on 28/04/2020]
This file will need to be re-applied if/when official patches/updates are released to ensure full compatibility. This is due to the fact that some files which are removed when installing this file are automatically re-installed by Steam when official patches come out.

Some of these changes, ESPECIALLY THE CLUB NAMES, do NOT apply in FM Touch or in existing save-games. There's a workaround for that in the first post.


The sortitoutsi real names fix changes the instances of fake names in Football Manager 2020 to the proper, real life names for awards, cities, stadiums and competitions, in cases where the actual name is not licensed, such as Champions League, Europa League and Premier League displaying instead of EURO Cup, EURO Vase and Premier Division respectively. It will also fix the fact that the German and Japanese National teams don't call up real players and that the Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach managers have fake names. These are all fully save-game compatible.

There is also a club name changes file, which changes the names of clubs in a way which ensures that any nicknames entered in the default database are retained. This file includes the proper names for Brazilian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian (including Juventus) and French clubs to circumvent licensing restrictions. It also adds real-life media and journalists, encompassing most major footballing nations and continents. Brazilian clubs' text colours are also changed through an editor data file. Finally, it includes a small file which corrects the 3-Letter competition names to correspond with any changes made in the lnc files. For all the files in this paragraph to work, however, you will need to start a new game.


Follow the below instructions to install this version of this file

STEP 1.
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2000
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2001
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2010
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2030
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2040
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders

Notes:
\Program Files (x86)\
could be
\Program Files\
depending on your set up.

Mac
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2000 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2001 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2010 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2030 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2040 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders

You can find these folders by clicking, in the Finder, the Go menu in the menu bar, then choose Go to Folder and type the folder path name (obviously inserting your username), then click Go.

You can get to the Library folder by simply selecting Go from the top bar and holding "alt" key - The Library folder suddenly appears on the drop down

For Mac Lion users, the Library folder will be hidden. Use this link to find out how to show it.

For those struggling to find the Steam and Steam Apps folder etc using Mac with the new OS High Sierra, this link below shows how you can unhide your Library folder which will then let you find the other folders.

Slightly more detail in this post



STEP 2:
COPY the dbc, edt and lnc folders from the downloaded pack

STEP 3:
PASTE them into each of your respective folders mentioned in step 1.

These are what the respective folder structures should look like in the 2040 folder:

dbc: https://i.imgur.com/je40Ajx.png
dbc/permanent: https://i.imgur.com/1FH8ABp.png
edt/permanent: https://i.imgur.com/aat5BqX.png
lnc: https://i.imgur.com/a87Z77C.png

STEP 4:
COPY the 8 files located in the EDITOR DATA FILES folder in the downloaded pack

STEP 5
PASTE to
\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2020\editor data

\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2020\\GAMEPASS\editor data



Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive
By default this folder is hidden, so to access you need to do as follows:

Open Finder
Click ‘Go’ from the menubar
Press and hold down the ‘Option’ (Alt) key
This will bring up the ‘Library’, click to enter then go to ‘Application Support’ -> ‘Sports Interactive’ -> ‘Football Manager 2020’


This should be what your editor data folder looks like now. There may initially be a config.xml file in this folder and it can be safely overwritten; it is generated by FM every time the game starts.

https://i.imgur.com/u8XTmoc.png



To make sure the files have been applied correctly, go to the Champions Cup and EURO Vase in your saved game, and they should be renamed to Champions League and Europa League respectively. If you are in the middle of a save-game, Japanese national teams will be populated in the next instance that players are called up, and not immediately. Do keep in mind that this file does not add Japan-based players, who are not in the official database and will need a third-party add-on to be created and added.

Club names are only changed if you apply the editor data files before starting a new game. For a workaround if you've already started a new save-game, then please read the opening post of this thread.
Discussion
First post reserved

If you have already started a save-game or you are playing FMT or you are playing the beta and wish to change German, Spanish, Italian and French club names to the correct ones, there is a workaround. However, you will lose the club nicknames.

Open the City, Club and Stadium Names.lnc file with Notepad (on Windows) and TextEdit (on Mac). All the changes I've made in the editor data file are included in this file, however they are preceded by a hashtag (#) which makes the lnc file ignore any text following it.

You can remove the hashtags from in front of any of the "CLUB_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" and "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" codes which you wish to change, and this will ensure these changes are displayed in your save game.

For Notepad, all you need to do is: Select the edit menu, click the replace option, type #"CLUB in the first field and "CLUB in the second and clicking replace all. Then save and close. Shouldn't take more than 3 seconds if you do it right

https://i.imgur.com/nF7ZEN8.png


Basically, instead of


#"CLUB_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 915 "FC Bayern München" ""
#"CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 915 "FC Bayern" ""

you should have


"CLUB_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 915 "FC Bayern München" ""
"CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 915 "FC Bayern" ""


Basically:
Using an lnc
Pro: Can be used (and disabled) after a save game has been started
Con: Removes club nicknames for those teams whose name has been edited


Using the editor data file
Pro: Retains club nicknames
Con: Needs to be applied before starting a new game

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has the beta been released yet and if so where can I download it because i purchased the beta deal thing
has the beta been released yet and if so where can I download it because i purchased the beta deal thing

No date has been set for the release of the FM20 beta. I believe you'll be notified when it is available. At which point, come back here for the file
Hey @mons.

Just bought Football Manager 2020 today and I'm really looking forward to play FM 2020 beta (possibly coming out on 12th Nov) with Licensing and Real Name Fix file.
https://i.imgur.com/FOrTFup.png
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Hey @mons.

Just bought Football Manager 2020 today and I'm really looking forward to play FM 2020 beta (possibly coming out on 12th Nov) with Licensing and Real Name Fix file.
https://i.imgur.com/FOrTFup.png

I've already done a load of work on the file (thanks to your contributions and many others' and hope to have it out as soon as the beta is made available whenever that is. Changes to clubs newly-added to the FM20 database won't be possible until the FM20 editor is available, but I don't see a large amount of work left to be done
Why do you need the editor? For club ids?
Why do you need the editor? For club ids?

Amongst other things, yeah.
Is there any way to circumvent the missing nicknames problem, or to use the editor data files in the beta? I always found this to be very annoying...
Is there any way to circumvent the missing nicknames problem, or to use the editor data files in the beta? I always found this to be very annoying...

I can't answer you right now as the beta isn't out yet so we have no way of knowing yet
Well done @mons

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I don't know if this is effecting anyone elses game but I've just finished downloading the game and I was about to copy across the editor file data from this file, but I have no 'Football Manager 2020' folder under 'My Documents - Sports Interactive' ...
I have all the previous game folders there, just not this one ?
Goodbye....
And Good Night!

BANG!
I don't know if this is effecting anyone elses game but I've just finished downloading the game and I was about to copy across the editor file data from this file, but I have no 'Football Manager 2020' folder under 'My Documents - Sports Interactive' ...
I have all the previous game folders there, just not this one ?


Usually you'll need to load the game up first to create the folders.
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Ignore that, was being impatient trying to get the graphics and everything sorted before actually loading the game. Just clicked play and it appeared
Goodbye....
And Good Night!

BANG!
No, the folder seems to have moved. It is now to be found in the steamapps/common folder.
No, the folder seems to have moved. It is now to be found in the steamapps/common folder.

I'm not aware the editor data folder has changed...
I'm not aware the editor data folder has changed...

Seems to have moved on the Mac to Public from Documents.

Presumably to avoid the chaos it caused with iCloud Document folder syncing
I'm not aware the editor data folder has changed...


It seems to be a Mac thing. I have two folders. One within "Public" as mentioned from TopToffee and one in den steamapps/common. I try to figure out, which one to use.

edit: It actually can be found under Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020

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You need to start a new game (PC anyway) to get the files showing in the usual places.
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Doesn't work for me. Started the game and even started a savegame. Still not in the Documents-Folder.
Is anyone else having issues with the data working? I’ve never had troubles before, but I am now. I’m figuring it’s to do with the BETA, as I can’t get my graphic mods to work either.
Doesn't work for me. Started the game and even started a savegame. Still not in the Documents-Folder.


Have you no Sports Interactive folders in My Documents even after starting a new game?

Is anyone else having issues with the data working? I’ve never had troubles before, but I am now. I’m figuring it’s to do with the BETA, as I can’t get my graphic mods to work either.


I'm currently copying mine over so will let you know when that's finished.
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Have you no Sports Interactive folders in My Documents even after starting a new game?


No, I don't. Inserting the graphics in the folder under Application Support works just fine.
No, I don't. Inserting the graphics in the folder under Application Support works just fine.


Strange but at least its working.
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Maybe it has to do with Catalina?
I’m still having issues, but I’m on Windows. Going to try again. I have my graphics on a separate driver, but that hasn’t caused issues before. And it wouldn’t be causing the issue with the database edits either.

Update: Graphics are working, but data still isn’t.

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Maybe it has to do with Catalina?


Yes most probably I guess.
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Go to Preferences > Advanced, then click the 'Search Bar' and type 'Location' from there you can change your folder location easily.

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I've got limited connectivity, but the Mac folder this year is different than before, I changed it in the installation instructions in the first post but haven't had time to post properly yet...
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