The Humble Bundle has traditionally featured some of the hottest game bundle deals available within the industry. But this week's Humble Freedom Bundle has led to a phenomenal number of purchases: as of this article's writing, over $3.2 million was spent on the Humble Freedom Bundle. The best part? All proceeds are going to charity.
The Humble Freedom Bundle's concept is simple: until February 20th, players can spend $30 or more to unlock over 30 games. Unlike other bundles, such as the current Humble Software Bundle for PC Lovers, all proceedings go to the sponsored charities:
- The American Civil Liberties Union
- Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières)
- International Rescue Committee
Humble Bundle doesn't ask for a tip, either. Instead, customers can choose how much they want to send between the three charities: or split the amount evenly.
As it stands, the full collection includes 47 titles: 40 games and 7 books or audiobooks. These include Day of the Tentacle Remastered, The Witness, Stardew Valley, Guacamelee!, 2064: Read Only Memories, and Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora.
However, several titles, such as Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne and Unknown Worlds Entertainment's Subnautica, have "sold out" for new customers. That said, Humble Bundle teases that "more content may be coming soon," with Humble Bundle hoping to add more titles by "this Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., Pacific time." Yet, there are "no guarantees" that new games may be added; albeit, if they are, previous purchasers will receive any new games.
Why the Freedom Bundle?
The Humble Freedom Bundle is popular. But why? For one simple reason: the bundle is supporting a variety of organizations defending American refugees and immigrants against the racist, xenophobic, and anti-Muslim immigration maneuvers by the Trump administration.
"We humbly remember that the United States is a nation of immigrants, and we proudly stand with developers, authors, and charities that champion liberty and justice for all," the Humble Freedom Bundle description reads. "We chose these three organizations because of the inspiring work they do in providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced people as well as in defense of justice, human rights, and civil rights."
The description proceeds to show three quotes from the bundle's charities, with Doctors Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee pointing out how refugees' lives are damaged by the Trump administration's actions. Humble Bundle also promises to "match your contributions up to $300,000," which means an enormous amount of money is landing into the hands of charities who have the civil rights of American citizens, immigrants, and international refugees in mind.
The Humble Freedom Bundle isn't just a collection of video games for interested fans; it's a political response, one that many players agree with. As of this article's publication, over 100,000 purchases have been made towards the Humble Freedom Bundle, with an average purchase clocking in at $32.17. Many buyers are donating well over the $30 mark too, with some of the highest donations clocking in at $600, $1,000, and $3,000.
In other words, the Humble Freedom Bundle is collecting a large amount of money for charity because the gaming community cares about the rights and liberties of both American citizens and immigrants. As the week continues, expect the total amount donated to charity to increase significantly: and keep an eye out for more games added to the bundle, too.
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