Humble Bundle has stated that it would change the way payment sliders work in its storefront by removing the option to contribute 100% of your purchase to charity and imposing a 15% to 30% minimum cut for Humble Bundle (via Kotaku). The new policy will take effect in “mid-July.”
When you buy a bundle of games, ebooks, or software on Humble Bundle, you can choose how much of your money goes to Humble Bundle, the author of the item you’re buying, and a charity using sliders for each. Those sliders will continue to exist, albeit with a reduced range.
In a blog post announcing the move, the corporation explained why:
Why would you want to change after ten years? Since we originally released bundles in 2010, the PC storefront landscape has changed dramatically, and we must continue to develop in order to stay on mission. With the update, we’ll be able to keep offering incredible deals on fantastic games, books, and software while also helping vital charitable causes with every transaction.
Humble Bundle first committed to change the way payments work in April, revealing that it would delete sliders entirely, cap charitable donations at 15%, and replace them with a set of toggles.
“With clearly defined splits that illustrate how much of your purchase will benefit Humble, publishers, and charity,” says the website. Users were outraged at the thought of reducing donations while Humble Bundle would have been assured a cut of every sale, and the firm eventually reversed its plans and declared it will look into alternate payment options. The company’s alternative is Thursday’s news.
Humble Bundle gained popularity for its pay-what-you-want bundles. The first version of sliders allowed customers to direct more of their money to the developer or a charity, such as cutting Humble Bundle’s split to zero in favor of the other two.
Humble stated that after the planned shift, splits on bundles may vary, but that it plans to take a cut of 15 to 30 percent.
It’s understandable that the cost of getting games to participate in bundles has increased, especially when some stores, such as the Epic Games Store, write checks to give away exclusive games for free, but it’s disappointing that Humble Bundle has shifted away from the more altruistic model on which it built its reputation.
I wasn’t as tied to sliders as I was to the flexibility they represented as someone who had previously purchased games through Humble Bundle.
I liked the concept of knowing that if I wanted to, all of my money would go to the individuals who needed it most. Other marketplaces, like as Itch.io, allow you to pay more money directly to developers, but Humble Bundle has a unique system. It’ll just be a little less flexible by mid-July.