Downloaded Games To Enter Charts

MCV are reporting that Chart Track are set to include digital downloads as part of the official UK games charts. They explain that just like the music industry they believe that non-physical sales need to included and the inclusion will underline the strength of the ChartTrack UK data. “We’re some way off downloads becoming a big part of the business, but it’s coming,” said ChartTrack’s Dorian Bloch. “And part of our mission statement is to follow the market wherever it goes.

Bloch explains that it is expected that downloads will appear first in the PC charts once retailers start to offer games via their websites, but as points out: “We can’t incorporate some retail downloads without incorporating them all.” Downloads via Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, however are however a much tougher challenge. “Console download data is held by the format holders, and for us to get that data will require a lot of negotiation as they might not necessarily be forthcoming with it straight away,” Bloch stated. “With consoles, the integration will probably be later rather than sooner as someone needs to independently verify the sales. And we hope that will be us.