Humble Bundle has announced that it will change the way the payment sliders on its storefront work by removing the ability to donate anything you spend to charity and a minimum average cut for Humble Bundle itself of between 15 and 30 percent (above Kotaku). The change will come into effect “in mid-July”.
Traditionally, when you buy a bundle of games, e-books, or software on Humble Bundle, you have the option of using a slider to choose how much of your money goes to Humble Bundle, the creator of your purchase, and a charity for each. These sliders get stuck, but now they have a little less range.
The company justified the change in a blog post announces his plans:
Why change after ten years? The PC storefront landscape has changed significantly since the bundles were launched in 2010, and we need to evolve with it to stay on our mission. The update will allow us to continue offering great prizes on great games, books, and software while supporting important charitable initiatives with every single purchase.
Humble Bundle has committed for the first time Change in payment processing in April, announced that sliders would be eliminated entirely, charitable donations capped at 15 percent, and a series of counters introduced “with defined breakdowns that clearly show the amount of your purchase supporting Humble, publishers and charities.” Users were Criticism of the idea of shrinking donations while Humble Bundle was guaranteed to get a piece from every purchase, and ultimately the company has rolled back the planned changes and announced that it would look for other ways to improve payments. Thursday’s news is the company’s alternative.
Humble Bundle became known for its flexible pay-what-you-want packages. The original shape of the sliders allowed a customer to toss more of their money to the developer or a charity, including reducing the Humble Bundle cut amount to zero in favor of the other two. Humble said the splits will vary on the bundles after the proposed change, but they are expected to be cut by between 15 and 30 percent.
It makes sense that the cost of joining games in bundles would have increased with some storefronts like the Epic Games Store Write checks to give away exclusive games for free, but it’s disappointing that Humble Bundle has moved a bit away from the more altruistic model on which it made its name.
As someone who has used Humble Bundle in the past to buy games, I wasn’t as tied to sliders as I was by the flexibility they represented – the idea that if I wanted to, I could know all my money goes to the people who need it most. Other stores like Itch.io allow you to send more money directly to developers, but the Humble Bundle setup was unique. Coming in mid-July, it’ll just be a little less flexible.