Humble Bundle Moves To Limit Charitable Donations To 15% Starting In May

Humble Bundle Moves To Limit Charitable Donations To 15% Starting In May
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Humble Bundle announced today that in May it will begin removing its distinctive sliders from game bundle store pages, in effect capping the amount of the purchase price customers can donate to charity. News of this change has enraged some onlookers, who characterised it as greedy.

First launching in 2010, Humble Bundles became a popular way for people to buy games and digital software while helping support charities in the process. Before purchasing a bundle, users could manipulate three sliders that would determine how much money the charity, software publisher, and Humble Bundle Inc. would receive from that purchase. If so inclined, people could donate all of their purchase to the selected charity.

But it seems that after a decade of using this system, Humble Bundle is changing things up. The sliders are being removed, to be replaced with fixed, pre-set options that all send a significant cut of the proceeds to Humble Bundle and publishers. Further, the portion going to charities will now cap at just 15 per cent.

In the blog post announcing its plans, Humble Bundle suggested the decision to remove sliders was because it wanted to unify its various services.

“Since we launched bundles over a decade ago, sliders have not changed even as Humble evolved by building products like Humble Choice and the Humble Store that all support charity without sliders,” it wrote. The company also mentioned a few less important UI changes.

The blog also included an apology from Humble Bundle for trialing the slider changes for some users last month without warning or notice. That was the first indication that sliders were not long for this world, which today’s news confirms.

While the change isn’t live yet, fans are already sharing anger and disappointment about the donation cap and the removal of the sliders. Many claimed that Humble Bundle was their favourite way to buy games, and that they would no longer support the store if it went ahead with its plan. Others pointed out how bad a look it is that a store dedicated to charity, and which is literally called “Humble,” is now planning to greatly reduce charitable donations and take a cut from all future purchases.

Kotaku reached out to Humble Bundle for comment about the removal of sliders and the 15 per cent cap on charitable donations.

Comments

  • “In the blog post announcing its plans, Humble Bundle suggested the decision to remove sliders was because it wanted to unify its various services.”
    haha LIE
    They are owned by a major corporation and the only thing a major corporation cares about and this is maximising profit

  • They’ve been run entirely as a purely commercial enterprise since 2017. It’s a wonder that the slider has lasted this long.

    Having said that, they’ve done everything they could to obscure the slider to the point that for some time it’s not been displayed by default and you really had to dig hard to even find it. There honestly can’t be that many people who even used it at all, and more recently more than once I’ve instinctively bought the instant buy button without even remembering to look. Right now, in fact, I can’t find it at all on their current bundles so discontinuing in May doesn’t seem quite accurate.

    Also worth noting that Humble Bundles haven’t really been a thing for a long time either. During the gold rush they were genuine charity efforts with lots of publicity, now they’re pretty anaemic, overpriced sales gimmicks for games that either nobody has heard of or old games that have already been ‘bundled’ many times before. Humble are more or less completely indistinguishable from sites such as Fanatical or GMG at this point.

    • Also worth noting, what Humble haven’t yet done is remove the massive “suggested price” option (eg $35 instead of the maximum to get every game of “Pay AU$13.08 or more”), which with a fixed percentage is essentially asking users to donate to the dev’s and Humble’s profit margins, which is surely bordering on a breach of the Trade Practices Act.

      • I’ve never agreed with you about a topic more, Fishy. I just hope we get a lawsuit to laugh at or something equally juicy.

  • Agreed all round; seems like this was a matter of time when it sold; i have not bought a bundle in years; where as previously I bought all the jumbo bundles; and a number of the publisher sales. a real pity; I log into humble now and then and the bundles are just overpriced garbage; with 1 game and a bunch of DLC; or really overpriced for a much smaller selection.

  • Can’t wait for the article about Humble Bundle miraculously increasing their minimum prices for a full ‘bundle’ by 15% as well.

  • Simply disgusting. How far have we come from the times when every new Humble Bundle was something to be excited about.

  • I think the cap on how much you can give to charity is loony. Why else would I buy bundles from devs I don’t like? Just pump the sliders to all the charts. No big deal.

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