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Digital Chart Initiative Losing Steam

Valve says it has no interest in submitting Steam sales data to planned digital game charts, reports MCV. Head of Steam Jason Holtman explains: "The idea of a chart is old. It came from people trying to aggregate disaggregated information. What we provide to partners is much more rapid and perfected information." He offers a self-fulfilling criticism that charts don't accurately reflect sales because they have failed to include digital sales in the past: "“If you look back at the way retail charts have been made, they have been proven to be telling an inaccurate story," said Holtman. "They apparently had shown how the PC format was dying when it was actually thriving." He goes on to explain it's not important to developers and publishers to know how other games are performing, just how their own games are selling.

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43. Re: Digital Chart Initiative Losing Steam Apr 21, 2011, 19:58 Dades
I have two corporations in Canada which isn't a spot on match for the USA but is fairly close in many aspects. It's likely just their annual report which isn't going to give any in depth details. We file articles of incorporation and all of that stuff up here as it's required by law but you aren't going to find a detailed analysis of our revenue in the annual report, just barebones financial statements. I think my accountant throws in a basic cash flow report and whatever else the CRA requires but it's always the minimum they require. It's just a set of documents that shares an overview of the company for a year, people shouldn't get too excited. I'm not sure how the Secretary of State regulates disclosure but I wouldn't get my hopes up considering the rampant tax dodging and corruption over there.

He's correct that the public has a right to know who is behind what company. They don't have a right to proprietary information about financials though, I guess we differ with the UK in that respect. That's usually unsealed by court proceedings, not individuals.

This comment was edited on Apr 21, 2011, 20:08.
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