Big picture: The Humble Bundle announced this week that it has raised over $ 200 million for its various philanthropic partners since the concept was first conceived over a decade ago. Hopefully the next $ 200 million comes even faster.
The first “Humble Bundle” was released back in 2010, allowing gamers to name their price for a collection of indie-developed games and donate any portion of the purchase price to charity. This first effort attracted over 130,000 people, prompting founder Jeff Rosen to launch the second Humble Indie Bundle.
Rosen and fellow Wolfire Games colleague John Graham quickly realized the potential of what they had and spun off the project into a separate venture that is still in operation.
However, that all changed in 2017 when IGN Entertainment, a subsidiary of Ziff Davis bought Humble Bundle for an unknown amount. A couple of years later, Rosen and Graham left.
Earlier this year, Humble Bundle announced that it would soon remove its mandatory 15-30% cut in sales. The change, the company said, was necessary due to the changing landscape of the PC store. “The update will allow us to continue to offer great value for amazing games, books and software, while supporting important charitable initiatives with every purchase,” Humble said in July this year.
As for the $ 200 million milestone, Humble thanked the community for what they have been able to do so far and said they hope to help raise the next $ 200 million for global and local charities.
A quick check of the Humble website detects several current packages, including Tropico 20th Anniversary Pack with eight pieces of content that currently cost at least $ 12.02, and Fall VR Emporium Bundle this includes seven games starting at just $ 15.