The Humble THQ Bundle blasts through $3 million in sales, organisers speak out

Humble THQ Bundle

By on December 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

A quick look over at the Humble THQ Bundle, where you can buy some of gaming’s best AAA titles for practically nothing, shows that the bundle has now cranked its way up to almost $3.2 million worth of sales.

The sales come after Humble Bundle and THQ have faced criticism for changing the core model of the Bundles, which is theoretically to support indie developers and charity at the same time — not big-name developers like THQ. Speaking to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, a Humble Bundle rep has this to say: “When THQ expressed interest in our pay what you want plus charity model and willingness to let us bundle so many top tier titles, we couldn’t believe it at first. But trying to turn up our noses at this epic chance to make gamers happy and help worthy causes like Child’s Play and the American Red Cross could only have been defined as arrogance.”

“We had to try and we were extremely curious to see what would happen.”

“So far, it’s been pretty well received: we’re on record pace both in total sales and number of purchases. It looks like we’ve passed the two million dollar mark in just 16 hours. We are hopeful that this excitement is growing our community in a way that can only help our future promotions, and rest assured that indie bundles will continue to be an important part of our business.”

Source: RPS

13 comments (Leave your own)

Umm wow. Indie developers are pissed because generosity is saving a major publisher in decline? Since when did they get such a sense of entitlement?

You got any other articles on this Tim? It’s intriguing me….

TBH though, I haven’t got the bundle as I already own most of those games :B

 

They could easily do AAA bundles AND indie bundles at the same time I just hope AAA games by EA for example don’t make it into these bundles.

 

What’s the problem? ,if charities get money from this then who cares if the games are from an “indie” dev or triple A games from a big name company? ,maybe some of the other big name companies might agree to do the same thing!

 

ashigaru:
You got any other articles on this Tim? It’s intriguing me….

I guess the PA Report springs to mind first, but I have seen others around! Also various commenters, including here on GON on the article about the bundle.

 

Thanks Tim, an interesting article. Funny though, that I’d never heard of humble bundle until now…

A bit of exposure won’t hurt the site in the long run :P

 

I buy every bundle for a bit over the average, even if I have all the games already. Mostly because I love the idea and want to support it. The charity aspect is awesome, and they always add in more extras later on to those who upped the average, so I expect Homefront or Spacemarine to be added in to this bundle shortly.

 

Tim Colwill,

The link in the article is broken.

 

Thanks robbo. I’m not having a good day it seems!

 

I wouldn’t be surprised if Notch was the first to come out against this. I swear the guy turned out to the the biggest ‘indie game elitist’ prick in the industry.

 
spkypwnsuall

inaugral,

If EA did a pack, charities and humble Inc would get all the money, and EA would be so poor. So very very poor.

 
Thermal Ions

@ashigaru

From what I’ve seen (and I’ve not gone looking past forum comments in a couple of places) it’s not so much indie developers but random indie supporters with a “holier than thou” attitude.

Personally I think the Humble Bundle rep nailed it with the term “arrogance”.

 
hunterkiller

Well I only got SR3 form the bundle but I still put in $10 to help them and the charity.

Its a win win, especially for gamers anyway and the charities also get something out of it for nothing.

I say if this is a worthy business model and more and more companies do it then I will support all of them.

 

spkypwnsuall,

Indeed. One of the strong points of the bundle is you can select who gets the money. If EA did one, I’d endorse it alright, but I’d make sure the majority goes to charity and very little to none heads to EA’s pockets.

 
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