GfK Chart Track and UKIE extend collaboration

23rd January, 2011 - London, United Kingdom – GfK Chart Track and games and interactive entertainment trade body (UKIE) have today confirmed that they have extended their service agreement ensuring that GfK Chart Track will compile the ‘UKIE Games Charts’ for at least five more years.
 
The ‘UKIE Games Charts’ record physical video game sales from over 90% of UK retail outlets and are widely regarded as amongst the best in the world. The new agreement sees the continuation of GfK Chart Track as the data gatherers and compilers whilst UKIE continues to distribute and publish the ‘UKIE Games Charts’.
 
Under the new agreement UKIE remains the exclusive licence holder for UK standard reports whilst GfK Chart Track is responsible for distribution and sale of bespoke reports for the UK as well as pan-European reports incorporating UK sales data.
 
Jo Twist, CEO of UKIE commented “We are delighted to continue our close relationship with GfK Chart Track. Their sales reports are vitally important to the games industry and we look forward to continuing to deliver them to our members and the market as a whole.”
 
In related news UKIE has also confirmed that it has sold its stock holding in GfK Chart Track to GfK UK Entertainments Ltd.
 
John Pinder, MD of GfK Chart Track explained “UKIE were there at the start when GfK Chart Track was established and our relationship has been strengthened over the years. Our new agreement ensures that this relationship will continue and the purchase of UKIE’s shares by GfK UK Entertainments will not alter the high level of service that we offer UKIE or to the quality of the charts and reports supplied to the games industry.”
 
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Contacts:
For all press enquiries, please contact the UKIE press office on T: +44 (0)20 7534 0582 or E: press@ukie.org.uk.
 
About UKIE
The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or UKIE is a trade body that represents the whole of the UK’s video games and wider interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 (and formerly known as ELSPA), UKIE’s membership includes games publishers, developers and the academic institutions that support the industry.
 
UKIE works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, tax incentives and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.
 
One of UKIE’s key roles is to support its members by providing them with key market information, promoting careers and offering the business support services, training and best-practice knowledge to enable them to operate most effectively.
 
In addition, UKIE works with GfK Chart-Track to compile weekly, monthly and annual retail charts and sales reports for the UK market.
 
About GFK ChartTrack
Chart-Track was formed in 1996 to monitor sales of music, videos and software through retail in the UK and Ireland. Since then they have established an unparalleled reputation for fast and accurate retail research in the home entertainment markets. Part of the GfK Group since July 2008, operations now encompass the UK, Ireland, Denmark and all major European territories with MediaControl GfK.