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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2 dominate UK download charts

PlayStation and Xbox games rise on the back of heavy discounting

Major discounts on the Borderlands games has seen the last two titles in the franchise leap to the top of the charts before and during E3.

In fact, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has scored two weekly No.1s in a row, whereas Borderlands 2 made No.2 the week before E3, dropping to No.3 a week later.

Borderlands 2 also received new DLC last week as a means to set-up events for the upcoming Borderlands 3 in September. It all bodes well for the launch of 2K's upcoming title.

The Pre-Sequel rose 350 places during the week ending June 9th to take the top spot, and held the position for a second week.

Borderlands 2, meanwhile, rose 254 places to No.2, but was overtaken by Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege for the week ending June 16th.

There were lots of discounts flying around the digital space before and during E3, which have significantly transformed the charts. For the week ending June 9th, Sony's price activity saw Spider-Man rise from 105th place to No.5, God of War jump from No.173 to No.10, and Detroit: Become Human go from No.293 to No.15.

This continued into the following week, with Spider-Man taking No.4, God of War holding No.10 and Detroit rising to No.13.

Microsoft held a similar sale which resulted in Forza Horizon 4 go from No.102 to No.23 for the week ending June 9th, and Sea of Thieves leap from No.83 to No.25. In the following week, Forza Horizon 4 rose further to No.17 (in which new Forza DLC was released featuring LEGO), whereas Sea of Thieves slipped slightly to No.29.

Other games that rose up during E3 week included Watch Dogs 2 and The Sims 4. New Sims content was featured at E3, while Watch Dogs 2 sequel Watch Dogs Legion was revealed.

There are no new releases in either chart.

The GSD chart is created from data supplied directly from publishers and developers, whereas the GfK chart (which covers the physical market) is created from data supplied directly from retailers. GfK's chart typically arrives on Monday, whereas the GSD data takes longer to compile. It's also worth noting Nintendo's digital data isn't currently taken into account.

As we previously reported, this chart is a work-in-progress but can give better context as to what players are spending on.

Here is the GSD Top Ten for Week ending June 9th

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
3511Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
2552Borderlands 2
93Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
24FIFA 19
1055Spider-Man
136Battalion 1944
67Monopoly Plus
18Grand Theft Auto V
89EA Sports UFC 3
17310God of War

Here is the GSD Top Ten for Week ending June 16th

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
11Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
32Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
23Borderlands 2
54Spider-Man
45FIFA 19
86Grand Theft Auto V
227Watch Dogs 2
148The Sims 4
79Monopoly Plus
1010God of War

The GSD chart features games published by Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Notable absentees from the data include Bethesda, Konami and Nintendo.

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