It seems that ELSPA’s efforts to persuade UK games publishers to provide figures for a UK game download chart have succeeded.
MCV reports that a number of firms, including Ubisoft, THQ, Square Enix and Sega, have been in talks and are now prepared to co-operate with the endeavour. Digital delivery service Steam will provide data, too. Other publishers are expected to follow with their support.
Chart Track, the organisation which already handles the UK all-format retail game chart, is expected to do the online sales bean counting.
Apparently the digital download chart will be a worldwide first, and the debut chart should be available late autumn, if everything goes according to schedule.
This will provide a very interesting window into the exact quantities of PC game sales, and perhaps give indie developers, two-thirds of whom self-publish according to TIGA, a chance to get their name up in lights.