The first publishers have added their support to MCV’s call for more digital download data.
The Digital Counts campaign launched three weeks ago, calling on publishers and digital retailers to share their figures in-order to create an accurate games chart.
Currently, only games sold in boxes are included in the charts, prompting us to no-longer run a Top 40 in the magazine.
Two weeks ago, major media brands including Eurogamer, IGN, GameSpot, Kotaku, Videogamer and GI.biz backed the campaign.
And now Sega, Curve and Ripstone have also pledged their support, with more publishers to join the campaign next week.
Ripstone fully supports the Digital Counts campaign and we urge other publishers to do the same,” said Phil Gaskell, the firm’s creative director and co-founder. As the industry changes we have to change with it, and a more open and honest approach to information like this can only benefit everyone.”
Curve publishing director Simon Byron added: We rely on anecdotes to put our performance into context and monitor the business. It’d be wonderful to see an official solution offering access to market-wide data that we could trust.”