UK launches PC download charts, see March’s biggest sellers here

Tuesday, 28th May 2013 10:11 GMT By Dave Cook

UK trade association Ukie has today launched its official PC download chart, which lists the best-selling digitally downloaded games each month, as well as mixing digital and boxed sales into the same list to see how they compare. The first chart for March is past the link.

MCV reports that the new chart calls on publishers and developers to supply digital sale figures, while Gfk-Chart Track’s UK top 40 is compiled by retailer sales figures.

Here is the first Ukie PC download chart for March 2013:

March 2013: PC boxed & digital game sales combined (Units)

1. SimCity (Electronic Arts)
2. BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
3. The Sims 3: University Life (Electronic Arts)
4. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (Activision Blizzard)
5. Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
6. Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
7. Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts)
8. The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)
9. Just Cause 2 (Square Enix)
10. Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)

March2013: PC digital game sales (Units)

1. BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
2. SimCity (Electronic Arts)
3. Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
4. Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts)
5. The Sims 3: University Life (Electronic Arts)
6. Just Cause 2 (Square Enix)
7. Hitman Absolution (Square Enix)
8. Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
9. Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
10. Trials Evolution Gold (Ubisoft)

March 2013: PC boxed sales (Units)

1. SimCity (Electronic Arts)
2. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (Activision Blizzard)
3. The Sims 3: University Life (Electronic Arts)
4. Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
5. Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
6. The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)
7. BioShock Infinite (Take 2)
8. The Sims 3: Seasons (Electronic Arts)
9. Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft Europe)
10. Crysis 3 (Electronic Arts)

March 2013: PC digital full game sales (revenue)

1. SimCity (Electronic Arts)
2. BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
3. Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
4. Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts)
5. Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
6. Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
7. Crysis 3 (Electronic Arts)
8. Tomb Raider Survival Edition (Square Enix)
9. Assassin’s Creed 3 (Ubisoft)
10. Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft Europe)

March 2013: PC digital expansion game sales (revenue)

1. The Sims 3: University Life (Electronic Arts)
2. The Sims 3: Seasons (Electronic Arts)
3. Anno 2070 – Deep Ocean (Ubisoft)
4. The Sims 3: Ambitions (Electronic Arts)
5. The Sims 3: 70′s, 80s & 90s Stuff (Electronic Arts)
6. The Sims 3: Generations (Electronic Arts)
7. The Sims 3: World Adventures (Electronic Arts)
8. Anno 2070 DLC Complete Pack (Ubisoft)
9. Sleeping Dogs – DLC Collection (Square-Enix)
10. Total War: Shogun 2 – Rise of the Samurai Campaign (Sega)

What do you think of the charts above? Was it about time PC game sales were tracked accordingly? Let us know below.



  1. marijn1979

    Sim Fucking City. Why do the most egregious offenders of anti-customer policies always get the biggest sales?

    Also, isn’ Just Cause 2′s position interesting? Probably a sale, but very good to see just how many units a big discount can secure.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. slayernl

    Dave there is no way this includes steam because its a private company and does not tell sales of units.

    So witch sources did they use for legal game downloads?

    Yes I read the piece, but its up to the dev and pub to tell them it really really that is the source :/ Those are not really reliable is it

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @2 “but its up to the dev and pub to tell them”

    You’re right yeah, but this is just he first month. I think now it’s out in the open more developers and publishers should submit their numbers going forward.

    I agree with you that it’s not accurate though. It needs fixed.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TheBlackHole

    I’ve worked for several PC digital distributors, and this whole digital chart thing is a joke.

    They are relying on publishers sending reliable, up to date data on specific days (which never happens), and without the data the charts either comes out late (which makes is kinda pointless) or comes out with incomplete data (which makes it kinda pointless).

    As has been stated, without Steam this is a useless indication of what 20% of the market sells.

    Look at Steam’s Top 10 now. How many aren’t represented here, yet will clearly be selling tens of thousands (possibly hundreds) of copies.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Maabren

    Who are all these people buying Sim City? Don’t those pc-gamers know shit? Sim City ain’t even a game, more of a BS DRM product. And EA thinking, yeah all those pc-gamers still buy this crap of shit. Let’s make more crappy DRM products.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    @4 Spot on. Most often they’re relying on focus groups (at least that’s the NPD way) and polls, which have absolutely no value when it comes to telling you what’s actually going on.

    I think it’s just a question of a few analysis companies feeling left behind, and feeling like they should publish “something” to make it look like they’re on top of the market, even though they don’t stand a chance at actually being accurate.

    #6 2 years ago

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