Humble Bundle to cap the amount of money from each charity purchase

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Marie-Ange Demory
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My Steam library is much larger than it should be given that I'm primarily a console gamer and don't even own a gaming PC. But several years ago its size exploded when a colleague got me into Humble Bundles. Before that, I would occasionally buy the PC title, usually at a discount. With the bundles, I saw it as a fantastic opportunity to buy a bunch of games that I would end up never playing while supporting some of my favorite charities.



I admit that every time I bought a bundle, I didn't give a lot of my money to the developers or to Humble Bundle itself. I always moved the slider to make sure that as much of my purchase as possible would go to charity. Is this a silly way to treat developers who have made their games available through the service? Absoutely. But back when I bought the Humble Bundle, that's where my priorities were.

Come next month, that won't be an option anymore.

As announced on its official blog, Humble Bundle will begin experimenting with a new system that replaces its famous sliders with two donation options: Default and Extra donation to charity. With Default Donation, a $25 purchase will give $21,25 to the publisher, $1,25 to charity, and $2,50 to the Humble Bundle platform. If you select Extra to Charity, the publisher discount will be reduced to $20, Humble Bundle will receive $1,25, and the charity will receive $3,75. Basically, you choose between a 5% donation or a 15% donation to charity.


For developers, this means a more consistent amount of money for each package they participate in. For charities, well, you should probably start donating money directly to your favorite nonprofits. The switch to the new allocation system is expected to take place towards the end of May, alongside some interface changes for grouped pages.



A note about sliders and our bundled pages [Humble Bundle]

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