First UK PC games download charts are here - PC Retail

First UK PC games download charts are here

Trade body Ukie and data firm Ipsos start collating publishers' sales stats; SimCity on top in March
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The UK has been the first games market to produce an accurate download chart for PC games.

Also going live today is a chart that mixes download and retail sales, underlining the scale of the PC games market.

This morning UK trade association Ukie unveiled its digital chart project for PC, a major effort undertaken with data tracker Ipsos. After running in beta for a year, the new charts and tracking are now recording digital sales. The data from the new PC chart comes direct from developers and publishers.

This morning Ukie has said that, for March 2013, SimCity was the best-selling game on PC when you combine digital and retail sales. 

But a digital-only record names BioShock Infinite as the download No.1, proving the spread of sales on PC across both boxed and client-served games. 

The full set of charts can be found below.

There is one catch to the system: not everyone in the industry is signed up to supply data. Major PC games publishers Disney, Electronic Arts, NCsoft, Sega, Square-Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros and some independent developers are key partners on the project. But the clearest absences are Activision Blizzard and Bethesda.

Activision's StarCraft II expansion Heart of the Swarm, for instance, is recorded at just No.2 in the boxed charts released today - but as one of the major releases in March would likely have factored higher in the combined charts if Blizzard was supplying its data. 

Ukie is now reiterating its call for the entire games industry - from big firms like Activision to small developers selling games to UK customers - to take part in the project.

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)

MARCH 2013: 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)

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