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PC download chart deal brokered for UK

Wednesday, 11th August 2010 16:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Looks like the UK will finally get a games download chart thanks to the deal wrangling skills of the ELSPA and Chart-Track.

For the last 12 months, the ELSPA has been working to convince publishers to share PC download sales data. Kalypso, Mastertronic, Midas, NCsoft, Sega, Square Enix, THQ, and Ubisoft are all on board.

Valve is even in on it, apparently, despite previously holding Steam numbers close to its chest.

According to sources close to MCV, more publishers are expected to offer support as well.

“It is great to be working with members to build a report which will not only deliver member value, but one which will help the industry realize its potential in an increasingly connected digital economy,” commented Sam Collins, ELSPA’s commercial manager.

Chart-Track will be responsible for tallying the figures, and the chart combines data directly from publishers instead of retail outlets.

The new digital chart, the first of its kind,  is expected to launch in November with the ELSPA chatting up independent developers for inclusion as well.

“I am calling for other members to join the group as soon as they can and not miss out in helping to form and shape this important development for all of us,” said ELSPA chairman Andy Payne.

“We are in the process of reaching out to TIGA and their membership and hope to have more on that very soon.”

Hopefully, this will inspire the US to do the same, which is something the ESA rightly feels is needed, along with a weekly top ten.

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  1. Grimrita

    this is great news. it will finally show just how more dominate the PC is over console titles.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Hunam

    I think Valve probably agreed because the hard sales numbers aren’t published publicly by Chart-Track.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Happy Hardon Harry

    From MCV:

    The new digital chart will be a global first. No other territory has a similar combined list. An ELSPA working group is currently hammering out the finer details – with a target launch for November.

    With Valve and other major publishers behind this it’ll be fascinating to see the results.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DeSpiritusBellum

    @1 The net revenues of each platform have been publicly available for years. Last time I checked EA grossed the highest on the PC, with the consoles outselling it by 3-1, although the PC basically came up square with either one.

    With Activision you’re looking at 13-1, Take Two 13-1, and Ubisoft 5-1.

    #4 4 years ago