Yesterday began the first day of the third Humble Indie Bundle. The titles included are: Crayon Physics Deluxe (Kloonigames), Cogs (Lazy 8 Studios), VVVVVV (Terry Cavanagh), And Yet It Moves (Broken Rules), and Hammerfight (Kranx Productions). Also included with the bundle are redemption codes for Steam and Desura; unfortunately, some of the games are not available on Steam for Mac.
While this bundle is named Humble Indie Bundle 3, it is technically the fourth iteration of the Humble Bundle as the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle was the actual third. The past three iterations of the Humble Bundle have been extraordinarily successful, raising over $4 million total altogether.
Notably, the Humble Indie Bundle works off a pick-your-price scheme allowing for donations as small as 1 cent or as much as several thousand dollars. In addition to this, the buyer can choose how much of their donation goes to the developers, and how much is given to the charitable organizations the bundles are designed to benefit (Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation).
The astounding success of the bundles have prompted the many developers involved to open-source their game engines after the sales have reached a certain point. Creative content, such as art and music, is not included with the open-source license.
The sales data for the previous bundles, and the current bundle at the time of writing, are listed below. It is important to note that we were unable to obtain Data on the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle revenue distribution.
|Bundle||Developer’s Cut||Child’s Play||Electronic Frontier Foundation||Humble Tip||Total|
|Humble Indie Bundle 1||$833,630.69||$188,578.04||$183,601.47||N/A||$1,273,613|
|Humble Indie Bundle 2||$1,054,005||$339,577||$295,563||$133,492||$1,822,637|
|Humble Frozenbyte Bundle||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$909,918.39|
|Humble Indie Bundle 3||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$587,781.80|
Analysis: This is hands down a fantastic deal. The games included in the Bundle have historically been above average, and you can pick your own price, meaning it’s not too expensive for anyone. In addition to this, there’s that lovely feeling of having contributed to Charity. It’s a great idea that benefits both indie developers and charities alike. The games are also completely DRM free and include Steam redemption codes if you prefer that method of distribution instead.