The Humble Bundle has long been an absolute steal for amazing independently developed games. The formula has been simple: developers partner with Humble Bundle, who sell the games to consumers at whatever price they deem worthy. The best part of the arrangement is the sale is then split between the developers, the Humble Bundle team and several stellar charities including Child’s Play and the American Red Cross. Purchasers can even decide how their sale gets divided up.
Recently, large publishers have joined forces with Humble including THQ (who were infamously holding a fire sale in order to make some last minute cash before their closure) and Electronic Arts (who boldly donated all of their potential cut to charity). Warner Bros. Games is the latest major publisher to jump in.
The Humble WB Bundle is a meaty one, featuring PC digital copies of Batman: Arkham Asylum, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, F.E.A.R. 3 and The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. By paying more than the running average (which was $4.63 at time of writing) purchasers will be rewarded with copies of last year’s Batman Arkham City and Scribblenauts Unlimited.
While not forgoing their potential cut of the sale, WB Games is using the Humble Bundle to drum up donations to the We Can Be Heroes charity, which raises awareness and donations about the hunger and impoverishment of southern Africa. The Warner Bros. owned and DC Entertainment branded charity uses its iconic DC heroes in campaigns for their cause, which donates to the humanitarian efforts of Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps.
It’s always nice to see a good deal combined with a worthwhile cause and I hope the Humble WB Bundle is as successful as major publishers’ previous efforts. Maybe WB will even throw in some extra incentive games, but the deal is already pretty sweet.