Humble Indie Bundle 3 breaks records, earns $2.1M for winning causes

The Humble Indie Bundle 3 has set a new record for the pay-what-you-want video game charity. This week, the team behind the two-week promotion revealed its latest package of indie games collected over $2.16 million dollars in donations, greatly surpassing the $900,000 earned by its Humble Frozenbyte Bundle predecessor from April, and topping the equally impressive $1.8 million haul earned by last year's Humble Indie Bundle 2.

The latest Humble Indie Bundle (technically the fourth) launched on July 26th and included the games Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, And Yet It Moves, and Hammerfight. Organizers later added a free trial of Minecraft and the Humble Indie Bundle 2 into the mix to sweeten the deal; a move which no doubt helped the Humble Indie Bundle 3 reach its final download total of 372,370.

As for who paid what, the highest individual donation was posted by Bitcoin Exchange company Mt.Gox at $4,096, followed closely by Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson with $4,048. Overall, Linux gamers topped the list of donators with an average contribution of $12.04 per download – more than double the average donation of $5.82.

Profits raised from the Humble Indie Bundle 3 will go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Child's Play charity, and (in small part) to the game developers and Humble Indie Bundle organizers. You can sign up at the official site now to receive updates on future modest bundles.

Aug 10, 2011

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  • Yeager1122 - August 11, 2011 5:50 a.m.

    Great News!
  • jasoncarter - August 11, 2011 3:55 a.m.

    Happy to be included in that figure, gave 15, would have given more, but money just tight right now. Happy they did so well again.
  • SecretGingerWizard - August 10, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    So giving $5 dollars to charity in exchange for several games (no matter what they are) isn't a good enough reason for you to part with your chash?
  • RAdam - August 10, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    I thought that the Humble Indie Bundle 3 wasn't that great. I wasn't going to get it until I saw Atom Zombie Smasher had been added to it. Number 4 is going to have to be something special if I'm going to part with my cash.
  • Zepaw - August 10, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    I bought it in the last few hours of the promotion when I realized they tossed in Humble Indie Bundle 2. I like how you can adjust where the money gets distributed.
  • ashleymenvielle - August 10, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    This is really great to hear :). Knowing that the third Humble Bundle topped 2 mil, eases some of the pain of knowing that some people out there STILL illegally downloaded it, even when it says on the site that if you are unable to buy it to just message the organizers and they would send it to you absolutely free of charge...sigh.

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