Dominant Steam accounts for 80% of Witcher 2 sales

Dominant Steam accounts for 80% of Witcher 2 sales

By Rob Crossley

November 11th 2011 at 2:55PM

PC fantasy adventure game sells 240,000 digital copies in six months

Valve’s digital games platform Steam has dominated the online sales share of PC title Witcher 2.

The Steam store accumulated more than 80 per cent of all downloads of CD Projekt’s game, with more than 195,000 transactions made on its PC network.

Rival channel Good Old Games – which is owned by CD Projekt – took a 14 per cent share with 35,000 copies sold, while several other official PC platforms together picked up the remaining 10,000 units.

Good Old Games is owned by CD Projekt. The company’s co-founder, Marcin Iwiński, said he was delighted Good Old Games “had such a great share” in sales of the game – an implication that Steam’s dominance is typically greater than 80 per cent.

Earlier in the year, when asked by Develop if Steam holds a monopoly of the digital games space, Valve said that it is in competition with the entirety of the internet, not just PC game portals.

The Witcher 2 download figures come from Good Old Games’ own research, which measured sales across official digital distribution channels between the May 17th (when the game launched) and October 30th.

It means Witcher 2, which was released to critical acclaim, has sold 240,000 units across digital channels. Physical versions of the PC-only entered the UK all-format charts after release, so total global sales would be far higher.

"The digital sales of The Witcher 2 have exceeded our expectations,” Iwiński said.

“The performance of GOG.com in selling new titles is not completely surprising, as we have said for years that DRM isn't necessary,” he added.

“It is gratifying to see that the only platform that offered The Witcher 2 DRM-free from launch has performed so well.

“We're confident that many gamers who haven't had a chance to purchase The Witcher 2 just yet will take advantage of holiday specials and continue to expand our fanbase."

A console edition of Witcher 2 is in development.

Last night Valve announced that at least one database on the Steam network had been illicitly hacked. Customers are urged to change passwords and check their connected credit card bills.