Today is the day that UKIE, the UK’s Interactive & Entertainment body and those responsible for those charts we give you every week have now announced that the world’s first official digital download chart will now go live, in association with Ipsos MediaCT.
The chart will currently just count PC downloads across a variety of digital distributors including working with companies such as EA and Ubisoft. Valve’s Steam isn’t mentioned in the press release by name but I’d assume data from the biggest digital storefront for PC games will also go towards the chart.
The UK PC Digital Download has been in beta for 12 months but now is ready to roll out after all the verification processes and data analysis software has been tested.
This implementation will now give publishers, developers and us a much clearer picture of what games are selling well within the UK. Now we just need to await for the chart to expand to the console digital markets such as PSN and LIVE to show just what gamers are downloading.
It’ll be interesting to see how this could shake up the traditional charts which rely on retail sales, and whether smaller titles will make more appearances in the charts.
Source: Press Release.