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DoubleSix releases PSN sales figures and urges the platform holders to do the same
Why are the platform holders (Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Nintendo) so coy about releasing hard numbers about units sold for their platforms?
We are working in the great unknown here. Developers and publishers are trying to make investment decisions about which platform to develop for and where to put their money. The absence of meaningful statistics is a real problem.
The issue has bedevilled the PC download chart for a while, and while GfK ChartTrack is making noises about offering a download chart, certain “US digital distributors” are reluctant to take part, either because they don’t want to be seen as dominant or, more likely, because their market share is much lower than everyone assumes.
So it’s great to see DoubleSix stepping up by announcing that Burn Zombie Burn, their PSN title has reached 70,000 units, their own “internal benchmark for success”. James Brooksby, CEO of DoubleSix (which is part of the Kuju stable) said in the press release:
I fully endorse James’ view. So come on, platform holders – it’s time for a verified chart. And if we can’t get one of those, I hope that more developers will start putting more numbers out into the public domain.