Stat-tracking firms The Nielsen Company and Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR
) are teaming up to deliver "unprecedented insight into the video games industry." Nielsen's data, which has brought plenty of controversy
on its own, will be integrated into EEDAR's GamePulse subscription service. Nielsen gathers its data from 1,200 "active gamers" through a weekly survey, while EEDAR data mines and organizes using various categories.
The data will be combined beginning in March of 2010 and be available to both Nielsen Video Game Tracking and EEDAR subscribers. This may not mean much to the average gamer, but to stat-obsessed executives and folks in marketing departments, this is like licking triple-chocolate ice cream covered in bacon and honey.