Humble Origin Bundle Generates over $3.6 Million

As of this writing, the Humble Origin Bundle has generated over $3.6 million from the sale of a little more than 764,000 bundles. The Origin-themed, Not-DRM-Free bundle features a total of eight games including Dead Space, Dead Space 3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition (includes 4 Limited Edition unlocks, and the Retaliation and Decimation packs), Mirror's Edge, and Medal of Honor. Paying more than the average price will get you The Sims 3 + Starter Pack and Battlefield 3. The current average price sits at $4.74.

Three of the games – Battlefield 3, The Sims 3 + Starter Pack, and Dead Space 3 – require use of EA's Origin platform. The rest either provide an option to use Steam or Origin.

The bundle has had a fair share of hiccups in the first day or so including some customers complaining that they couldn't redeems codes for some Origin games. EA and the Humble Bundle are ironing those problems out, and will likely pin the troubles on the high levels of demand experienced in the first 24 hours of the sale.

All of the money from the bundle that would normally go to EA is instead going to charities chosen by Electronic Arts and Origin: the Human Rights Campaign; Watsi; the San Francisco AIDS Foundation; the American Red Cross; or the American Cancer Society.

While raising obscene amounts of money for charity is always a good thing, many have posited the point of this bundle was to get more consumers to install the Origin client on their computers. We won't really know how successful that campaign has been until the sale is over in 13 days and Origin reveals new install numbers.



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    SeanB says:

    Okay, make some products, then give them away for free, raising $4Million for a charity you deem worthy.

    At $215 retail per bundle, they've given away over $200,000,000 worth of digital goods.

    Keep bitching, really.

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    Left4Dead says:

    Pass.  Humble Bundle selling out there.  DRM-free was and is the most important aspect with them.  The *optional* Steam DRM keys are a nice added bonus.  No DRM-free option = no sale.  Also, I already have most of those games and most of the charities aren't particularly good charities.  A good charity has ~10% total of admin + fundraising overhead with at least 90% of the funding going toward the actual purpose of the charity.  You have to be careful because there are quite a few "charities" out there who have admin/fundraising overhead totals exceeding 90% (i.e. they are pocketing most of the money).  The American Red Cross is the best of the lot according to Charity Navigator, but there are even better options out there.

    -- Left4Dead --

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    Like I've said before, my problem with Origin is a policy problem. Lose the data-mining, or let me opt out of you scanning my hard drive, and I'll consider it. I'm pretty sure they have to do that, otherwise they are violating several data privacy laws in several countries.

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