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Look at how digital changes the UK charts

Bullet Club

Oct 24, 2017
Look at how digital changes the UK charts

Call of Duty retains No.1, but Uno, The Sims 4 and Rainbow Six make the Top Ten

A new GSD chart shows just how different the UK charts will look when download data is included.

The firm (which was set up by European trade body ISFE and operated by B2Boost) released its first official UK chart last week, counting date from boxed games retailers to reveal that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was No.1, just ahead of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and FIFA 20.

However, GSD also publishes a digital chart, which arrives later in the week. The digital chart counts data supplied directly from a selection of publishers (namely Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, EA, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros). It therefore doesn't cover the entire market. Indeed, notably Nintendo is missing entirely, so no Switch games are included in the digital chart.

The digital chart for the first week of the year has just arrived. And although it's not perfect, it does show us just how digital games are performing and how radically different the charts might look when download sales are factored in.

For instance, the digital chart below sees big sales for the likes of GTA V, Rainbow Six: Siege, Star Wars Battlefront II, Monopoly Plus and Spider-Man. And it would make quite a difference on the Top Ten.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare would still have been No.1 with digital sales included, but Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order would have fallen to No.4 behind GTA V at No.2 and FIFA 20 at No.3.

Borderlands 3 sold well physically, but it was a quiet week for the game as a download and it would not have made the Top Ten. Meanwhile, both Rainbow Six: Siege, Star Wars: Battlefront II, The Sims 4, Monopoly Plus and Spider-Man will all have been Top Ten games this week.

Here is the GSD/UKIE Physical Top Ten from last week:

1Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
2Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
3FIFA 20
4Borderlands 3
5Luigi's Mansion 3
6Just Dance 2020
7Grand Theft Auto V
8Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
9Red Dead Redemption 2
10Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Here is the GSD/UKIE Digital Top Ten from last week:

1Grand Theft Auto V
2Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
3FIFA 20
4Rainbow Six: Siege
5Star Wars Battlefront II
6Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
7Monopoly Plus
9Red Dead Redemption 2
10The Sims 4

Here is the GSD/UKIE Combined Top Ten from last week:

1Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
2Grand Theft Auto V
3FIFA 20
4Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
5Rainbow Six: Siege
6Star Wars Battlefront II
7Red Dead Redemption 2
8Monopoly Plus
9The Sims 4

GamesIndustry.biz will continue to publish the whole market physical retail charts, and update the charts with any relevant digital information when it becomes available. We will also produce a monthly report on the entire market featuring both physical and digital data.

Source: Games Industry


Jan 18, 2019
Maybe Monopoly was a big draw over Christmas for folks with family over? I know I almost downloaded Trivial Pursuit for the Switch until I found the boxed version in a cupboard.


Dec 11, 2018
This is why digital must end. None of us are willing to be seen walking out of a store with Monopoly Plus in hand, but secretly we have all bought that POS.
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The Scrivener

Oct 21, 2014
That's odd - a game from 2017, not on sale as far as I can see. Doesn't look anything special.

I dunno about that. It caused fights in my house over Christmas. It's a good version of Monopoly, we only really play the core game, but this digital version has multiple ways to play, and I might be wrong, but it has an editor to customise your own boards (it could be DLC though).


Dec 16, 2011
I used to be very firmly in the all physical camp, but as my collection grew over the years and I realized how much actual space that accumulation required, I gradually shifted to the point that I've been selling so much of my physical collection while my digital collection has been growing like crazy. My Steam account alone is almost 1000 games which would have seemed ridiculous to me in the past.

I'll always keep physical copies of treasured games, but I love the feel of minimalism. I've always been a closet minimalist, with the exception of my physical game collection, but it's so nice not to be weighed down by "stuff".
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Ah. Peace and quiet. #ADayWithoutAWoman
May 24, 2005
WHOA! Makes you wonder how those games are selling worldwide when you include digital.


Jan 20, 2018
Who the fuck doesn't own GTA5 by now? Unless a lot of people are buying it for the cheap bundled shark cards.


Feb 19, 2018
Who the fuck doesn't own GTA5 by now? Unless a lot of people are buying it for the cheap bundled shark cards.

I bought it four times, for 360, OneX, RS store and Steam...... It's last time that will happen in my life with any game from now on though.
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