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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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47. Re: Digital Chart Initiative Losing Steam Apr 22, 2011, 07:21 Dev
 
Veterator wrote on Apr 22, 2011, 00:17:
If they provide the information in such detail to partners.....what's stopping partners from releasing the information pertinent to their individual game sales? Some sort of agreement from Valve to keep it under lock and key? Or are people just afraid that the development houses will inflate the numbers?
Nothing stops them. Sometimes you'll see companies brag on sales they've done. Like bethesda announcing 5 million sold of fallout new vegas. Since thats a full steamworks game, they are announcing how many copies are registered on steam. Valve may have a deal with them not to break out in detail how many are retail vs how many on steam, but I think most of the secrecy is the individual publishers deciding not to release the numbers.
 
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