For some time now, the UK music chart has combined numbers for streaming with physical and digital sales. The UK game chart, on the other hand, only counts physical sales, and as a consequence it bears little resemblance to the reality of what games are actually the most popular.
This week, trade publication MCV attempted to cobble together their own chart based on a combination of digital sales and physical sales, and the difference between their chart and the ‘official’ one was astounding. For a start, Cities: Skylines was number one and Hotline Miami 2 was number four, yet neither game appeared on the official chart at all.
MCV says that attempts have been made to create a combined digital and physical chart before, but they have ultimately failed – mostly due to a reluctance from publishers to share data. But there seems little point in continuing with the current charts when they’re so wildly inaccurate. In fact, Kotaku UK have taken a stand and vowed not to report the official charts because, in their words, they’re ‘bullshit’.
I agree: and I’d rather live in a world where Hotline Miami 2 beats sales of FIFA and Call of Duty. Which makes me wonder: how have other recent indie games fared against the so-called ‘big’ gaming franchises?