Amazing what a week off can do for the PC sales charts. Not only does it allow them to all catch up and be on the same week, but Steam's charts are vastly improved.
Yes, amidst all the excitement of E3 came a different kind of excitement, the kind that will kick a tyre and light a fire under sales charts enthusiasts: Valve have finally decided to release proper weekly sales charts.
Previously, we'd collated the data based on what was listed on the service's "Top Sellers" list, but Valve will now be releasing every Sunday a definitive list of the ten games that earned the most revenue over the previous seven days.
Why base it on revenue and not sales data? Presumably so Valve's Steam sales don't screw with the data too much.
NPD's Top Ten (5/24 - 5/30)
1. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $US20 2. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $US39 3. Spore / EA Maxis / $US40 4. World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $US40 5. World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $US20 6. Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly / $US49 7. Reel Deal Slots Adventure / Phantom EFX / $US20 8. Civilization IV: The Complete Edition / Firaxis / $US40 9. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $US20 10. Left 4 Dead / Valve / $US29
Steam Weekly Top Sellers (by revenue, as of 5/24 - 5/30):
1. Team Fortress 2 / Valve 2. Killing Floor / Tripwire 3. Left 4 Dead / Valve 4. Counter-Strike: Source / Valve 5. Plants vs. Zombies / PopCap 6. The Orange Box / Valve 7. Unreal Deal Pack (Unreal Gold, U2, Unreal Tournament, UT2004, UT3) / Epic 8. Unreal Tournament 3 Black / Epic 9. Assassin's Creed / Ubisoft Montreal 10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare / Infinity Ward
Direct2Drive's Top Ten (5/24 - 5/30)
1. BioShock / 2K Boston, 2K Australia 2. Civilization IV / Firaxis 3. X-Com Complete Bundle (UFO defence, Terror from the Deep, Interceptor, Enforcer, Apocalypse) / Take-Two 4. The Sims 3 (Pre Order) / The Sims Studio 5. Delta Force: Xtreme 2 / NovaLogic 6. Sid Meier's Railroads / Firaxis 7. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis 8. Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword / Firaxis 9. Civilization IV: The Complete Edition / Firaxis 10. Sid Meier's Pirates / Firaxis
Weekly PC Sales: Now with Steam [Shacknews]