May 31, 2012 | By Kellie Brownell

When a Little Bit Means a Lot: Humble Donations Help EFF

Update 6/7/2012: Customers who have already purchased Humble Indie Bundle V will automatically have these three new games added to their download pages. Folks who have yet to purchase the bundle will need to pay more than the average price at the time of their visit to get access to the games.

Braid and Super Meat Boy are oft-requested by customers who missed the previous Humble Indie Bundles featuring those games (#2 and #4, respectively), so we're pretty excited to give people another chance to check them out. And Lone Survivor is one of the most stunning titles to come out in the first half of this year—a four-years-in-the-making, side-scrolling, survival horror opus by Jasper Byrne.

Humble Bundle has just launched its most impressive bundle yet, featuring five indie games that have already become classics in their respective genres: Psychonauts, LIMBO, Superbrothers: The Sword & Sworcery EP, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Bastion. These games have each been lauded as not just fun and entertaining, but also artistic and meaningful. By putting together such a great package of DRM-free games and offering purchasers the option of designating some of the profits to charity, Humble Bundle is putting users first at the same time it fosters a socially conscious indie gaming ecosystem.

Over the past two years, nearly one million purchases of independent video games have gone to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation through Humble Indie Bundles. These "pay-what-you-want" promotions let gamers set their own price for a lineup of killer games and choose the percentage of each purchase used to support the game developers, Humble Bundle and/or selected charities.

We have written extensively about the benefits of Humble Bundle's model to consumers. The games are distributed DRM-free across three different platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). In the first Humble Indie Bundle, four of the game developers released their source code under an open license after the Bundle reached a $1,000,000 milestone. The Humble Bundle model shows that there is a way for small copyright owners to compete and succeed in a digital economy without draconian new laws and counter-productive restrictions that punish paying customers.

But the benefits don't stop there. Donations directed to EFF by Humble Bundle customers have helped us to successfully identify and defeat threats to civil liberties online. EFF works to convince Congress and courts that video games -- like websites, blogs, and software code -- should not be limited by regulations and restrictions that undermine our Constitutional right to free speech. Video games are a form of expression that should be protected under the First Amendment.

EFF wants to thank Humble Bundle and its customers who have chosen to support our work, and we encourage other gamers to join our fight to defend your rights. A free and open Internet is vital to innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and the marketplace of ideas. You depend on it, we depend on it, the world depends on it. And the future of independent games depends on it.

Check out the Humble Indie Bundle V today. Independent games are thriving, and EFF will continue to defend gamers and developers as the industry grows. Support EFF in our efforts by designating a portion of your Humble Bundle purchase to EFF!


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