Weekly PC Sales Charts No Longer Provided by NPD, Steam and Direct2Drive Continue

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Research firm The NPD Group will no longer release its weekly charts of the ten best-selling PC games at United States retailers to the media, the company has confirmed with Shacknews. It will still issue monthly PC sales charts to the public, though, with the entirety of the sales data, as always, available to NPD's paying clients.

No reason was given for the switch, though we've asked for more details. Back in 2007, the company opted to stop publicly releasing its monthly sales figures and listings for consoles, though it quickly reversed that decision following public outcry.

However, PC digital distribution outlets Steam and Direct2Drive continue to release their weekly worldwide sales charts. And with NPD's week-long delay of its retail sales data no longer presenting an obstacle for per-week comparisons with Steam and Direct2Drive's data, the digital distribution charts will now be posted in a more timely manner.

As such, the past two week's worth of Direct2Drive and Steam charts follow:

Direct2Drive's Top Ten (6/7 - 6/13)

  1. The Sims 3 - Electronic Arts
  2. The Sims 3 (Mac) - Electronic Arts
  3. Prototype - Radical
  4. Civilization 4: Complete Edition - Firaxis
  5. The Sims 3 w/Prima Guide - Electronic Arts
  6. DCS: Black Shark - The Fighter Collection
  7. Fallout 3 - Bethesda
  8. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Infinity Ward
  9. Mass Effect - BioWare / Demiurge
  10. Civilization 4 - Firaxis

Steam Top Ten (By Revenue) (6/7 - 6/13)

  1. Prototype - Radical
  2. Left 4 Dead - Valve
  3. Killing Floor - Tripwire
  4. Team Fortress 2 - Valve
  5. Counter-Strike: Source - Valve
  6. The Orange Box - Valve
  7. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Infinity Ward
  8. Penumbra Collector Pack - Frictional Games
  9. RailWorks - RailSimulator.com
  10. Plants vs. Zombies - PopCap

Direct2Drive's Top Ten (6/14 - 6/20)

  1. The Sims 3 - Electronic Arts
  2. The Sims 3 (Mac) - Electronic Arts
  3. Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Terminal Reality
  4. Prototype - Radical
  5. Civilization 4: Complete Edition - Firaxis
  6. Fallout 3 - Bethesda
  7. Aion: The Tower of Eternity (Pre-Order) - NCsoft
  8. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Infinity Ward
  9. Mass Effect - BioWare / Demiurge
  10. Call of Duty: World at War - Treyarch

Steam Top Ten (By Revenue) (6/14 - 6/20)

  1. Prototype - Radical
  2. Empire: Total War - Creative Assembly
  3. Left 4 Dead - Valve
  4. Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Terminal Reality
  5. The Elder Scrolls Game of the Year Pack Deluxe - Bethesda
  6. Counter-Strike: Source - Valve
  7. Team Fortress 2 - Valve
  8. Killing Floor - Tripwire
  9. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Deluxe - Bethesda
  10. The Orange Box - Valve
From The Chatty
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    June 22, 2009 2:34 PM

    2 questions. Does NPD do console game sales figures? And is that not we will not provide the Steam and D2D charts in a more timely manner. supposed to be there?

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      June 22, 2009 2:36 PM

      Not was supposed to be now, I fixed that as quickly as I noticed.

      And yes, NPD is the one that supplies monthly console game sale figures for North America.

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        June 22, 2009 2:40 PM

        Er, the United States, not North America.

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        June 22, 2009 2:43 PM

        If they are both monthly that's not too bad. All I really care about is the Steam numbers anyway. It blows my mind KF is still in the top 10 and that L4D is still in the top 3.

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          June 22, 2009 2:44 PM

          Keep in mind that Steam lists things by revenue, not sales figures.

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            June 22, 2009 3:06 PM

            So L4D is 40$ and KF is 20$ does that mean that a #4 ranking for KF would be aprox the same as a #2 for L4D?