Humble Indie Bundle 4 Steam Keys Require $1 Minimum Purchase

A quick note to anyone buying the Humble Indie Bundle 4: if you want Steam keys you'll have to pay at least $1 USD for the bundle. According to the official blog for the promotion, some "un-humble" buyers are paying one cent for the bundle and using/reselling the Steam Keys to game the Steam Holiday promotion currently underway. More from the blog:

"Hey guys, we’ve noticed that a number of un-humble users are buying lots of Humble Indie Bundle 4’s for one penny, and then using their Steam codes to 'legitimize' automated Steam accounts in order to increase their odds of winning prizes in Valve’s current raffle promotion. This is unfair to legitimate entrants and is definitely not what we wanted to encourage with Humble Indie Bundle 4. It’s a lose-lose situation for the indie developers, charities, Valve, and Humble Bundle.

Therefore, starting immediately, new orders under a humble threshold of $1 will not contain Steam keys.

If you can’t afford a dollar but still need a Steam key and promise not to resell it or otherwise abuse it, please contact our support team with your humble appeal and we’ll purchase a new bundle for you on a case by case basis."

While some might complain that this goes against the whole "pay-what-you-want" nature of the bundle promotion, others argue that spending a penny and then trying to manipulate a rewards system is much more nefarious.

For those interested in buying the 12-game bundle for more than $1, check out

Source: RPS

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    djnforce9 says:

    I fully support what they've done. They also went the extra mile by offering the Steam key options to those whom DID buy the bundle legitimately and not to abuse Valve's raffling system. Sadly, there will always be jerks in this world that try to get ahead using highly questionable methods.

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    prh99 says:

    Hmm I didn't think the payment processors The Humble Bundle uses would allow a payment that small, oh well. It's too bad cheapskates want to game the system for chance to get free stuff on Steam. A dollar minimum seem plenty fair given how much one gets from buying a bundle.

    I am going to boost my payment, I really want them to break 2 million and every bit helps.

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    SeanB says:

    I felt like a cheapass when i only paid $6.50 for the fourth bundle. I paid $15 for the second bundle, and i cant remember what i paid (maybe $5) for the inversion bundle (i think that's what it was called)

    Anyone paying only .01 isn't being cheap, they're being stupid. Anyone with a credit card, paypal account, or whatever else has at least a couple dollars. If you don't what the hell are you doing spending ANY money on video games? Further what are you doing spending time playing video games if you don't have even a couple dollars to your name? Go mow a lawn, shovel a driveway, or something to make a couple bucks.

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    RedMage says:

    Seems fair to me.  Having to pay a dollar instead of a penny shouldn't really be that back-breaking in terms of finances even to the cheapskates who are coughing up the bare minimum.

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