Humble Voxatron Debut Ends; Sales Below Par

The Humble Voxatron Debut

The Humble Voxatron Debut ended yesterday with final sales totaling $902,602.44, according to the Humble Bundle web site. The bundle, which included an alpha version of Voxatron, The Binding of Issac, and Blocks that Matter, as well as bonus versions of Gish, Chocolate Castle, Zen Puzzle Garden, and Jasper’s Journeys, sold 172,269 bundles. These figures make the Voxatron Debut the worst selling Humble Bundle of the lot and the only one not to gross $1m. The Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle sold $1.12m on 231,764 bundles and ended in October. Before that, the Humble Indie Bundle 3 ended in August and totaled $2.17m in sales.

As usual for the Humble Bundles, Linux users were the most generous on average, giving $8.54 per user, with Mac ($6.66) and Windows ($4.70) users trailing. The average purchase price over all was $5.24 per user. The top over all contributor was Mojang founder Markus “Notch” Persson, who donated $2,000, doubling the next highest contributor.

Analysis: My analysis of the relatively poor numbers, when compared to other bundles, doesn’t equate as much to this being a weak bundle (Binding of Issac is very good) as to there being too many of these things bunched together. Even I didn’t buy this one, and I typically buy them very quickly. It’s hard to keep up because they’ve been flying out one after another lately, and they’ve even inspired copycats. I was into Humble Bundles BEFORE they got popular!

I’d recommend that these slow down a bit. That’s hard to say with Christmas coming, but fewer bundles with more build-up, making them more “special,” will ensure that this is the first and last Humble Bundle that sells under $1m.

Christopher Bowen

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Christopher Bowen is the Editor in Chief of Gaming Bus. Before opening Gaming Bus in May of 2011, he was the News Editor at Diehard GameFAN, a lead reporter for DailyGamesNews, and a reviewer at Not A True Ending, also contributing to VIMM, SNESZone and Scotsmanality. Outside of the industry, he is a network engineer in Norwalk, CT and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.