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UK PC download chart to debut in February

24 companies involved in early beta

UKIE is to debut a beta PC digital download chart this February with help from retailers such as Mastertronic, Focus, Get Games and Green Man Gaming.

The organisation hopes to improve on the service in the coming months, which currently includes sales from Disney, Ubisoft, Sega, Square Enix, NCsoft and Warners. understands that there are currently 24 digital businesses involved in the project.

It also confirmed that it is also working on charts covering digital sales for Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network.

"UKIE's PC Download Chart is a first step to getting a full understanding of where the industry is developing but this is just the beginning and we still need more input from industry. We need your data," said Geoff Heath, head of UKIE's digital group.

A regular chart will be made public, but only those that contribute their data will have access to more detailed figures.

A number of key publishers have yet to be confirmed as involved in the chart, including Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard, as well as Valve's Steam service, understood to sell the bulk of digital PC games.

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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