Notch Helps Humble Indie Bundle #2 Earn $500,000 in One Day

Notch Helps Humble Indie Bundle #2 Earn $500,000 in One Day

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The second Humble Indie Bundle has already smashed the success of the first, with the help of a notable game developer.

After just one day of availability, Humble Indie Bundle #2 has broken all sorts of sales records. The five game pay-what-you-want bundle netted over $500,000 in 24 hours, beating out the previously incredible sales pace of the original package.

The first Humble Indie Bundle was introduced in May 2010 and combined World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru and Penumbra Overture for any price you wanted to pay, with the proceeds going towards the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Child's Play, and the developers themselves at the buyer's wish. It made $1 million in a week.

The second Humble Indie Bundle is set to break that amazing record, thanks to almost 70,000 purchases as of this writing at an average of $7.18 each. Interestingly, the Humble Indie Bundle's stats page gives the average purchase price for each platform, showing that Mac users currently pay around $2 more per bundle ($8.11) than Windows users ($5.96), and Linux users are the most generous with an average of $13.57.

What really helped push Humble Indie Bundle #2 over the edge in a day were its larger contributors, which appear to include Minecraft developer Marcus "Notch" Persson. The stats page also shows the bundle's top 10 donors, with "@notch" currently sitting at the top of the list with a donation of $2,000. Others on the list are using it as an opportunity for advertising, which feels a little scummy, but at least they're donating money to a good cause.

Humble Indie Bundle #2 has already done up another $5,000 in the time I've been writing this, so you can bet that the second effort is really going to break the bank. With the bundle's inclusion of Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and the debut of Revenge of the Titans for any price, and the addition of charity support, that's not really a surprise. So when is Humble Indie Bundle #3 coming out?

Source: Humble Indie Bundle

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I wish we had the figures on how many people pay a buck or less for this bundle. A list of addresses would also be nice.

Man, why does it always come back to the Jay & Silent Bob smackdowns with me on these things?

EDIT: It was not my intention to offend anyone who can only afford to pay a certain amount for the bundle, nor set a threshold for how a good donation or bad donation is defined.

Tim Latshaw:
I wish we had the figures on how many people pay a buck or less for this bundle. A list of addresses would also be nice.

Man, why does it always come back to the Jay & Silent Bob smackdowns with me on these things?

Don't hurt me! I paid $5!

Aww man, I would totally buy it... but besides that whole Revenge thing, nothing looks interesting. Played Braid already, wasn't impressed, already have Osmos, and the rest is just not interesting.

Notch is my fucking hero.

First with Desert Bus for Hope, now the Humble Indie Bundle.

The guy is not only successful, humble but charitable and all around awesome.

Also Tim, don't be so quick to discount the people giving a dollar as it quickly adds up. Very recently Introversion was saved from bankruptcy by selling their entire catalog for only a $1.25 each on Steam.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/103008-Steam-Promotion-Saves-Introversion-From-Death

As for me, I didn't "Pay" anything, I "donated" to a good cause which I think is what the Humble Indie bundle is truly all about. IE: Showing ones support, be that for Indie Development, the EFF, Childsplay or events like the Humble Indie Bundle.

More importantly, when is it coming out on Steam? I want all my games in a neat list!

But... yah. Everyone go and buy it. Indie developers are awesome.

Yay really weird website glitches.

The site popped up that I had to agree to the terms and services yet again... and then it didn't post my post so I figured it was lost to the elder gods of the internets and typed it out again only to post and then TA DA! Out of no where my first post appears.

Oh well.

No indication has been made yet that the Humble Indie Bundle 2 will be on Steam, but with Valve honoring the Humble Indie Bundle 1 on Steam I would figure they would know about the Humble Indie Bundle 2 and there would have been some talks about doing the same again.

All we can do is wait.

Tharwen:
More importantly, when is it coming out on Steam? I want all my games in a neat list!

But... yah. Everyone go and buy it. Indie developers are awesome.

Not sure if any time soon. I just recently (last week) got a serial number for Steam to add the first humble bundle.

Abedeus:

Tharwen:
More importantly, when is it coming out on Steam? I want all my games in a neat list!

But... yah. Everyone go and buy it. Indie developers are awesome.

Not sure if any time soon. I just recently (last week) got a serial number for Steam to add the first humble bundle.

As did I, my Humble-Indie-Bundle-1-buying comrade!

Unfortunately, I'd already played all of the first games by then and had to either lose my save files or not use Steam.

I chose Steam.

I would buy it for Cortex Commando, but I dont have the means to do it right now

Tim Latshaw:
I wish we had the figures on how many people pay a buck or less for this bundle. A list of addresses would also be nice.

Man, why does it always come back to the Jay & Silent Bob smackdowns with me on these things?

I paid $1. Is that a problem?

I have no interest in these games really, I already own Braid, and the others didn't seem like anything special. I hope to be pleasantly surprised tho.

Viral everywhere! aaaaaargh

The indie bundle is awesome though, and deserves loads o munny

Sober Thal:

Tim Latshaw:
I wish we had the figures on how many people pay a buck or less for this bundle. A list of addresses would also be nice.

Man, why does it always come back to the Jay & Silent Bob smackdowns with me on these things?

I paid $1. Is that a problem?

I have no interest in these games really, I already own Braid, and the others didn't seem like anything special. I hope to be pleasantly surprised tho.

If such is the case, then share the bundle with your friends. Put it up on Facebook, tell people about it, share it on Twitter, just put the word out there.

The Word of mouth will be worth far more than your $1 contribution.

Again the almighty notch has proved that he is not only the god of the minecrafters, but also an immensely cool guy by donating money to children that need it.

Void(null):

Sober Thal:

Tim Latshaw:
I wish we had the figures on how many people pay a buck or less for this bundle. A list of addresses would also be nice.

Man, why does it always come back to the Jay & Silent Bob smackdowns with me on these things?

I paid $1. Is that a problem?

I have no interest in these games really, I already own Braid, and the others didn't seem like anything special. I hope to be pleasantly surprised tho.

If such is the case, then share the bundle with your friends. Put it up on Facebook, tell people about it, share it on Twitter, just put the word out there.

The Word of mouth will be worth far more than your $1 contribution.

No Facebook/Twitters for me, I have told 3 people who are probably getting it as we speak tho.

...And you can now add another sale to that list, courtesy of me.

I only wish I'd contributed last year, too.

I had to pay $1, because that was all that was in my bank account at the time D: (I got paid today without even knowing D:) I'd give more but taxes ARE FUN.

I already bought Osmos, Machinarium and Braid for full price, and did my donation for this years Child's Play.

However I got the bundle anyway, for 13.58$ .. eat it, Linux users!

Void(null):

Also Tim, don't be so quick to discount the people giving a dollar as it quickly adds up. Very recently Introversion was saved from bankruptcy by selling their entire catalog for only a $1.25 each on Steam.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/103008-Steam-Promotion-Saves-Introversion-From-Death

As for me, I didn't "Pay" anything, I "donated" to a good cause which I think is what the Humble Indie bundle is truly all about. IE: Showing ones support, be that for Indie Development, the EFF, Childsplay or events like the Humble Indie Bundle.

It quickly adds up, yes. But as you went on to say, this is also a donation. If these were large companies who could more readily make a financial sacrifice for the good of some non-profits, then paying 25 cents per game wouldn't bother me that much. But the money is being spread over independent companies and charities, all of which it can be argued deserve contributions. Is it not all out of the good of the indie developers' hearts? It's plain to se they're getting some good press out of the deal, too. But come on.

It wasn't prudent of me to set a dollar amount as if there is a threshold of "good price" and "bad price." If a dollar is all one can afford, I understand. But looking at the averages, it looks like a heck of a lot of people can't afford much, and I'm sure many didn't have a problem picking up Black Ops as soon as it hit. It's telling me a lot of people don't really care about being charitable than just getting some cheap-o games, and the fact that around a quarter of people pirated the first bundle supports my hypothesis:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/100576-Who-Would-Pirate-the-One-Cent-Humble-Indie-Bundle

Honestly I'm not buying the "People pirated the bundle" thing.

I'm sure some did but those statistics also do not include people whom wanted to install the bundle they paid for on multipul PC's they own.

I myself installed the first bundle on 3 of my PC's and by those statistics I would have been counted amongst the alleged Pirates.

I don't think people should feel more superior because they paid more money for this bundle and others don't. I have seen some people getting genuine flak for this.

I appreciate the Bundle though, I am all for great initatives like this one.

Tim Latshaw:
I wish we had the figures on how many people pay a buck or less for this bundle. A list of addresses would also be nice.

Man, why does it always come back to the Jay & Silent Bob smackdowns with me on these things?

Why, so those of us with not much money would be forced to hide from the bundle and not give anything to it? Not even a dollar? Say goodbye to a ton of your contributions then.

On a side note, I don't think indie game companies are the most in need of my charity in any case.

joebthegreat:

Tim Latshaw:
I wish we had the figures on how many people pay a buck or less for this bundle. A list of addresses would also be nice.

Man, why does it always come back to the Jay & Silent Bob smackdowns with me on these things?

Why, so those of us with not much money would be forced to hide from the bundle and not give anything to it? Not even a dollar? Say goodbye to a ton of your contributions then.

On a side note, I don't think indie game companies are the most in need of my charity in any case.

In post 19, I took back what I said about creating a dollar "threshold." If that's all one can afford, then so be it. It's the bundle's risk for offering their games at such low prices.

Void(null):
Honestly I'm not buying the "People pirated the bundle" thing.

I'm sure some did but those statistics also do not include people whom wanted to install the bundle they paid for on multipul PC's they own.

I myself installed the first bundle on 3 of my PC's and by those statistics I would have been counted amongst the alleged Pirates.

That may be true. And there's also the case of people combining their resources, making one donation and then sharing the download link between them. However, when either of those things happens and they're using the bundle's bandwidth, that costs money, essentially cutting into the donations that were made.

The 25% figure also doesn't count people who used resources such as BitTorrent.

The guy is a legend.

Notch is the fucking man. We need more people like him out there.

I'll try to buy this, when I can.

Tharwen:
More importantly, when is it coming out on Steam? I want all my games in a neat list!

But... yah. Everyone go and buy it. Indie developers are awesome.

You can add non-Steam games to your list... I've done that.
OT: Notch is awesome, if I had any method of buying this bundle, I totally would be.

Here's where I heard about it. Nice preview of the five games.

brunothepig:

Tharwen:
More importantly, when is it coming out on Steam? I want all my games in a neat list!

But... yah. Everyone go and buy it. Indie developers are awesome.

You can add non-Steam games to your list... I've done that.

It's not the same! I want integrated Steam achievements, a flag on my profile that says I've bought it, and the option to download it wherever I want! WAAAH!

I paid 1 cent for this just as a "fuck you" to Andy Chalk for saying "cheap jerks could pay a penny and get all the games technically guilt-free".

I gave what I could. (10.00) I wish I could pay what the top guy did. (2000.00)

Major lols: Anonymous donated "leet" dollars!

And the tenth highest donator is fourzerotwo of Infinity Ward, the call of Duty guys.

Edit: According to my spell-check 'donator' is not a word....to the dictionary away!

Edit, the second: Oh gosh, I meant donor, I feel like an idiot.

 

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