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This is an awesome pay-what-you-want indie video game / charity promotion that we are trying out. Read on!

Posted by jeffr on May 4th, 2010

Introducing the Humble Indie Bundle!

This is an awesome pay-what-you-want indie video game / charity promotion that we are trying out. Please watch this video to find out what it's all about, or read on!

Pay What You Want

Basically we're taking 5 classic indie games: World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD and Penumbra Overture and bundling them in a pay-what-you-want sale. Please remember though, we're just humble indie developers and the more you contribute, the easier it will be for us to make awesome games in the future.

Cross-Platform: PC, Mac and Linux

You've heard us mention how important it is to support Mac and Linux in addition to Windows, and for this promotion we didn't want to leave anyone out (we owe special thanks to the amazing Ryan Gordon for helping make this possible).


We already echoed the philosophy which should be common knowledge among mainstream developers about why DRM doesn't make sense. As our thanks for your participation in this humble bundle, your user-experience will not be inhibited by any DRM.

No Corporate Middle Man

Please know that there is no distributor acting as a middle man for this promotion and taking a cut of the proceeds. Your contributions will go directly to support the developers and charities (minus payment processor fees).

Buying The Bundle Helps Charity

By default two charities, Child's Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation share an equal part of the bundle proceeds with the five games. However, you can also customize how your donation will be split in step 3.

So Please Help Us Spread The Word!

We are really excited to see how this turns out. We don't have a marketing budget so please tell your friends about the bundle. Tweets and Facebook shares are greatly appreciated.

We also want to thank the other indie developers for being bold enough to partake in this exciting experiment with us. Aright, enough reading, GO VISIT THE SITE!

Click here to visit The Humble Indie Bundle

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DemonProwler May 4 2010 says:

I brought it just to support Wolfire and the other devs, i gave 40% to charity the rest to the devs! Great idea guys :)

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Squeebo May 4 2010 says:

Sweet deal! ...Even if I already own some of those games! I'm gonna own some of them... AGAIN!

=D Which is a good thing, of course.

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infl1ct1on May 4 2010 says:

What an amazing deal! It looks like you guys are doing well (You only had around $40k worth of sales a few hours ago and now you guys are over $105k!! Amazing!)

Good luck!

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Iept_Barakat May 4 2010 says:

Hrmm.. Does the amazon thing pay with giftcard money? I'm confused.

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formerlyknownasMrCP May 4 2010 says:

Great idea for a charity thing, being able to select where the money goes to ect. Great stuff!

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Krenzo May 4 2010 says:

I was hoping the video voice over would go on to say: "...we're not here to start no trouble, we're just here to do the indie dev shuffle!"

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scray May 5 2010 says:

Great way to raise money :)

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pvt.Johnson May 5 2010 says:

Really sweet deal guys and helping out charity is a great idea!
People who only pay a few cents don't deserve this awesome pack, but hey its how you guys set this up then so be it right?

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Kris015 May 5 2010 says:

I'll see if i can't get some of my friends tobuy this too! Even though they don't have that much it's still some.

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Cook1eMan May 5 2010 says:

I've been dieing to play some of these for a while and this charity event is for a good cause. Too bad I only have $2.10 to my name and I'd feel like a complete **** to give so little for such a great cause.

Good Luck! :)

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Rattlesnark May 5 2010 says:

I'm underaged, jobless and broke as f*. But heres $8 for the greater good. Now I'm having trouble deciding how to split the sum. More for the hardworking indie devs of the games I truly love, or for the hungry and needy... Hmmm...

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Jokerme May 5 2010 says:

I just want to know, is $10 OK for developers. These games are old and most probably they are not selling anymore, so in a sense anything more than $5 should be good for developers considering thousands of people going to buy. That's a lot of money isn't it? But is it really?

I just wonder if developers are trying to say "give us whatever you want/can" or "make us happy people, we know you are generous". Both is fine with me but I can't pay more than $10 nowadays and I want to know if this is OK with them or not. I know saying "$5 is OK too" may decrease income so I understand they are not making comments about how much we should pay. I have some problems with my conscience nowadays. So, I won't be bothering :I Good to see some people are paying hundreds though.

And thanks for the great offer :)

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jeffr Author
jeffr May 5 2010 replied:

I would be honored by $10!

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Jokerme May 6 2010 replied:

You are good men :)

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Greenagainn! May 5 2010 says:

I feel bad not being able to pay much since I'm not being paid for another fortnight :/ Every little helps right? Right?

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Kamikazi[Uk] May 5 2010 says:

I just installed these after buying and wow i love them all i only bought to support charity and devs but games are great.

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MartinViidik May 5 2010 says:

Really awesome idea, bought it.

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Metalspy May 5 2010 says:

Great idea, too bad I already have Penumbra and Lugaru. I'm not sure if I'm going to buy this, it's going to be hard paying a fair price for this.

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PeeWee_89 May 5 2010 says:

$50, and i still feel a bit cheap ^^

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4CH! May 5 2010 says:

I just got it as a gift ! Finally I can play Aquaria and Lugaru ! Thank you dear Indie devs...

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eldes May 5 2010 says:

Word spread ;) .


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pielikey May 5 2010 says:

Why must you do this AFTER I already blew my paycheck on something else? I'll feel guilty if I only buy it for $.01 for GISH and World of Goo.


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SourHyperion1 May 5 2010 says:

So if it's pay what you want can i say free?

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wazanator May 5 2010 replied:

Wow really? You want to try and rip off hard working people and charities? There's people that are buying it for $100+ anonymously.

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madcat1030 May 6 2010 replied:

Seriously. Go ahead and pay a penny if you want, but really? I'm short on cash (broke-assed college student), so I paid 5 bucks a copy, and gifted one to my sis. I felt so damned cheap. I would have paid 20 or thirty, but again, broke college student. Give what you can. If that's 5 dollars, pay 5. If you can afford 10 or 20, you should probably be a little more generous. But still, if you can only afford or are only willing to give 5 dollars, those five dollars are better than a penny, so be kind.

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Katnipz May 5 2010 says:

Sweet deal to bad i couldn't buy it for more :(
i feel kinda bad at the price i bought it for but i'm so poor right now :(

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Metalspy May 6 2010 replied:

That's an excuse that's been posted a lot.. sounds kinda lame to me lol but yeah, I guess a 'bad price' is better than no price at all. And besides, you didn't say what your price was so maybe I should stfu and gtfo. Hmm.

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Daystranger May 6 2010 says:

One question.
How long it will be there? I mean link from email.
Can I download games next year?
Or I must download all of them right now and keep them myself?

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jeffr Author
jeffr May 6 2010 replied:

I would like to keep the links up indefinitely -- I will double check with the others though :)

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Isundir May 6 2010 says:

I thought those games where free?
I downloaded some for free in the past.. and it all seemed legal? :X
lol no your cheap reactions well feel free to post some hate comment I will never find out about anyway :)
(talking about thousands of euro's here when it should have been 20 euro -.-)
I just meen first of all I don't know these people why should I give them money? Second those games are old and uninterresting for me.. third I GOT HOAXED CAUSE OF BUYING STUFF ONLINE so now I never buy stuff from the internet again it costed me lots and lots of money ... well alot more then supposed to anyway ... once and I am not going to do it again the end ;)

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jeffr Author
jeffr May 6 2010 replied:

That's ok, thanks for checking it out though!

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Scorpion1122 May 6 2010 says:

This bundle is GREAT. Gotta love indie developers. Also, ive been following overgrowth for awhile and i must say that its looking amazing!

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NullSoldier May 6 2010 says:

yay awesome

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Theon May 6 2010 says:

You've already passed the $400.000-mark! Congrats!;D

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Q_Layer May 6 2010 says:

Fantastic philosophy!! honestly a example to be followed!
Ill get the bundle if i can (i have no credit card :/)

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Highmist May 6 2010 says:

Awesome bundle. already grinded thru Lugaru, and now attempting Penumbra.
Fantastic idea guys, this may just as well break 1 million dollars worth of sales (2 days=~300k)

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Archan May 6 2010 says:

wow, great deal for some amazing games. Gonna have to see if I can scrounge some cash together so I don't feel too cheap XD

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Ghost_face May 7 2010 says:

sweet deal, bought it for 30$

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Eegah May 7 2010 says:

Good deal, don't think I had Linux versions for some of these, I'm liking this option to install on any platform.

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Metalspy May 7 2010 says:

Wait, if you're one of the first 30 people to donate $100+ you get a EFF premium membership, including a hat/book/shirt? =O

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TerabiteX May 8 2010 says:

Aw man. I really wish I had some money right now. Sweet deal, and for a good cause.

I'm gonna go be sad somewhere.

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Spacecraft May 8 2010 says:

To all the people complaining about other people spending low amounts of money on this bundle; this is exactly what the developers want. They are getting money (even if it's just pennies) from people that most likely would not have bought any of the games otherwise.

I honestly didn't have any interest in playing these games before I saw this bundle, but since I could grab it at a low price I did. I paid $60 for this bundle because I really didn't want the games, but I appreciate what these developers are doing.

I think you'll find in the long run that they will do much better financially because of promotions like this.

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revengous May 8 2010 says:

5 games or 5 maps for fail warfare?

theres no choice

awesome games, loving them all

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Spacecraft May 9 2010 replied:

Buying the MW2 stimulus package was one of the worst decisions I have ever made.

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revengous May 9 2010 replied:

thats why I picked option 1

infact, I pre empted this awesome deal, and didnt even buy mw2!

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Dra6o0n May 9 2010 says:

I gots it for 52 cents...

... What? That's all I had in paypal.
I've already preordered Overgrowth, and I used my paypal before for L4D2, thus only 52 cents left.

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ne_zavarj May 9 2010 says:

Samorost 2 has been added to the bundle.

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Metalspy May 9 2010 replied:

Thanks for posting that, already bought the bundle so I would've missed that.. sweet!

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putrid_being May 10 2010 says:

Benzaie from posted some small reviews of the games.

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Hendrich May 11 2010 says:

Guys, keep in mind that if you pay something under 1.00 USD, they'll actually be LOSING money for transfer maintenance costs.

So don't be TOO cheap, kay? ;)

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