If you follow our regular UK chart updates, you're probably aware that the data compiled within those lists only takes into account physical sales. The UK charts have been this way since - well, forever - but things are slowly starting to change.
For the very first time, a UK digital chart has been presented. It's still very much a work-in-progress, with some truly big names - including Nintendo - not sharing their sales data, but it still provides a decent look at how the charts might be affected when digital sales are included in the weekly figures.
The data below covers the week ending 26th May (the week before last). In our usual chart update for that week based on physical sales, we shared the news that Team Sonic Racing secured number one, but if digital sales had have been included too, that would not have been the case. Instead, Total War: Three Kingdoms would have been number one after comfortably leading the digital chart.
It's pretty bizarre all around; the mysterious selling power of GTA V in the UK is amplified even further in the digital charts, and Cities: Skylines lurched forwards from 94th place to sixth by going on sale.
Here are the top ten UK digital games for the week ending 26th May 2019:
|Last Week||This Week|
|New||1||Total War: Three Kingdoms|
|1||2||Grand Theft Auto V|
|7||7||Red Dead Redemption 2|
|8||10||Middle-Earth: Shadow of War|
As we noted above, it's worth remembering that these digital charts do not currently feature all major publishers. Nintendo, Bethesda, and Konami are amongst the more notable absentees, while Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros all feature.
Would you like to see both physical and digital sales be combined for future charts? Are you as surprised as we are that Monopoly and Uno are in the top ten best-selling digital games in the country? Let us know in the comments below.