Does anyone here actually buy digital download computer games?
"On a revenue basis it probably wouldn't have even charted in the NPD top 20 for that month."
LOL, sure. The #10 game did 192K units. BF1943 has done over 600K in 2 weeks and is probably close to 1M by now. BF Heroes had over 1M downloads. The last two CoD map packs were 2M each so the recently released one will probably do the same. Free Realms is at close to 5M players already. GTA Lost and Damned outsold Killzone 2 on a units basis at launch. Who knows how much the latest Gears 2 Dark Corners and All Fronts DLC has sold.
But again you're missing the point, conveniently. Games compete for consumers time and money. If they're spending their *time* playing downloaded maps or whatever, they're not spending their *money* on anything else around that window.