UK to get PC download chart

Entertainment trade body UKIE to launch a new chart for digitally downloaded games next month.

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Beginning next month, UK sales figures for digitally downloaded video games will be available to the general public. The data will be provided by the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE). According to Jo Twist, CEO of UKIE, the new chart will also be used alongside boxed product sales, and it can be used by the games industry to "lobby government even more effectively and allow our members to make informed and fact-based commercial decisions."

A closed beta has been running for a few months, using data from 25 PC game publishers and developers, including Square Enix, Disney Interactive Studios, Sega, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. Representatives from UKIE have noted that while they have many companies on board with the scheme, not all of them will be publishing data for the chart's launch next month, with EA and its download service Origin being the most notable absentee. Speaking to GameSpot, UKIE revealed that digital distribution service Steam will not be releasing data directly, but companies that publish games using the software will still able to provide their own numbers for the chart.

Sales from the cloud gaming service OnLive will also not be included in the chart for its launch next month. UKIE has said that it is working on ways to include OnLive figures. Speaking to GameSpot, UKIE said it does not wish to exclude anyone from the chart and mentioned that OnLive is more complex to take into account as it offers bundles, which allow access to games for only a limited time.

For now, only the number of units sold is being measured. This may expand to demographics, such as age or location, at a later date. UKIE also expressed the wish to expand the chart in the near future to include Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network sales, but no date has been given yet.

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imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

unless steam is included this means nothing.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

lol, lots of complaints about there not being all the important figures in the beta... well, it's a test, derp, they're making sure the system will work, the results don't matter yet. Also if consoles weren't here, lots of people wouldn't play games, because most people don't want to waste money every year upgrading their hardware... That would limit the amount of business there is in gaming and also limit the games on the pc's. So no, pc gaming would suck without all the ports from consoles, you'd be stuck playing the same games as everyone with cheap laptops, because that would be the main demographic... Flash games and angry birds for everyone : (

mortis1982
mortis1982

@manciuxl You and HollowNinja are both wrong its the developers who are killing PC gaming industry because it is cheaper to make a game for the console platform. It has nothing to with with sales of game being exclusive to systems. People buy indie games for PC because we are tired of playing games that are made to be like Movies with such a linear path (MW Series, Now BF series with the exception of MP). The indie devs offer something big name developers don't.... which is something different. Minecraft is a good example of what indie devs do, I don't play this game but look at all the sales for it, and now the game has a lego set coming... LOL Developers are taking the cheaper path by making game for consoles over PC because there are too many variances when its one PC user to the next. Consoles do not allow for people to mod them or make changes so it makes it easier to make a game for.

manciuxl
manciuxl

HollowNinja consoles ruining gaming? wrong take the witcher 2 for example =retail sales 670000 units.digital sales(200000 steam,40000 gog and 10000 impulse,d2d etc) all of them =920000 as of november 2011 this year the developers said witcher 2 sold 1 mil copies the pretty low compared with fable 3(sold almost 5 mil on xbox) skyrim sold 5.2 mil on xbox,fallout 3 sold 3.5,oblivion sold 3,5 mass effect 2 2.7mil,fable 2 4mil etc etc and thats only the retail sales of xbox 360(digital sales not included) bottom line is that for once you pc gamers got a very good exclusive game(that is not rts or mmo) and it barelly sold 1 mil copies and explain to be why did magicka,terraria,minecraft sold more then witcher 2? if the witcher 2 would have been a exclusive xbox 360 it would sell alteast 2/2.5 mil by now(without digital sales) pc gamers ar ruining pc gaming when they decide to buy mediocre games like magicka,minecraft,terraria,dungeon defenders etc and not games like arkham city,witcher 2,deus ex human revolution etc

Lhomity
Lhomity

@s4dn3s5 @HollowNinja @Avenger1324 You guys missed the part of the article that clearly stated "" ^_^ As for OnLive. Sorry, but streaming doesn't equate to sales. They don't belong there. Paying to stream a game for a 3 day period =/= buying a full priced game.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

Since Steam is 80% of digital delivery market, not having its data means the chart is completely useless.

Roots_Of_Rhythm
Roots_Of_Rhythm

@HollowNinja I agree with absolutely everything you said. Consoles are definitely hurting the overall quality of video games. However, your brony avatar pisses me off to such an extent I simply cannot give you a thumbs up.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

No Steam? What a joke. According to the developers of The Witcher 2, Steam made up 81% of their sales. That is not a joke, kids. That's not even just a majority. That's almost ALL the sales. This whole thing is basically PR crap to make it look like PC gaming is dying, so that they can brainwash us into buying their scam consoles. Consoles are what's killing this industry.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Avenger1324 Square Enix, Disney Interactive Studios, Sega, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros are all "big names". Relatively speaking, OnLive is not. Also, those who distribute titles through steam can share their numbers instead, so in other words, EA is the only important name missing.

chimpdaddy
chimpdaddy

its probably a PR thing, where they knew the big d2d retailers would not give data and so say to shareholders (and gullible Joe public) "look pc sales are bad stick to consoles" when actually the pc market is still very lucrative.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

No Steam, No Origin, No Onlive... so what exactly do they have? You need data from big names to have credibility. It's like me saying I've made a chart of the best goals scored this month, but only access to non-league teams - it's pretty meaningless.