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Humble EA Bundle has raised over $3 million so far

Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:07 GMT By Phil Owen

There’s a new Humble Bundle in town, and it is sponsored by EA. But this is no THQ-esque cash grab; EA will be receiving not even a penny of the proceeds, opting instead to make this a charity drive of sorts.

UPDATE: At the time of writing, EA’s bundle has generated
$3,055,238.81. If you head over to the bundle page you can see the number rocketing up in real-time. For reference, the most successful Humble Bundles ever were Humble Indie Bundle V with $5.1 million and Humble THQ Bundle with just a wee bit less than that. The EA bundle will clearly blow right by that this week.

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The bundle includes Dead Space 3, Dead Space 1 (no Dead Space 2), Mirror’s Edge, Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum and Medal of Honor, and if you go above the average you will get Battlefield 3 and the Sims 3 with its three-expansion starter pack.

What’s more is that in an unusual display of clarity they are offering Steam keys for all the games available on that platform in addition to Origin keys.

The bundle went live about 90 minutes ago, and has thus far raised more than $500k.

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50 Comments

  1. Aullah

    Someone hacked EA :D

    #1 1 year ago
  2. onlineatron

    used to be cool when we could count on humble bundle to have mac versions available.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. ballz

    bf3 and ds3 not for steam so meh

    #3 1 year ago
  4. aseddon130

    @3 if you say meh to this then you need an effing slap!!! Even without BF3 and DS3 it is an absolute steal and it is all for a good cause, so stop your whining!!!

    Origin is NOT steam, true. but its not as bad as people make it out to be.

    Be warned for anybody trying to redeem Origin codes it looks as though they are taking a hammering and it’s going very slowly!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. OlderGamer

    Sorry, Steam or bust. Not using Origin either.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. aseddon130

    Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    Dead Space 3 not being on Steam puts me off. MoH is Steam, though. Played enough of the rest.
    Where’s a risk-embracing cynical voice when you need someone else to point at the neon-floodlit, sky-blue painted elephant in the room, and nod sagely…!

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Nerdgazm

    I bought this bundle even though I owned most of these, and that DS3 I got free from that whole Sim City fiasco. Sweet deal.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. ballz

    those 2 and mirrors edge dont have from the pack, so yeah not giving even 1$ since ds3 and bf3 are not for steam

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Gronke09

    I brought Dead space 3 last week, i am so angry at EA but i still brought this lovely bundle

    #10 1 year ago
  11. OnionPowder

    Anybody who complains about this deal is an entitled shithead. Seriously? 6 games for whatever price you want with all proceeds going to charity.

    The gaming community makes me sick sometimes.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. OlderGamer

    I don’t think anyone is complaining about the deal. Or the fact that EA is donating to charity. I know I am not complaining. But I won’t use Origin. Plan as that. I think it is great thing for EA to do, and we know their public image could use a good spit and shine.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. sh4dow

    Didn’t EA do some charity publicity stunt only recently?

    Oh well… starting with the THQ thing, I lost faith in the whole Humble “brand”, as I don’t see anything humble about supporting such huge companies. Or actually… maybe it is… saying that indies are no better than them. Still, I find it very questionable.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. SplatteredHouse

    No takers? #inwithbothfeet! EA/Origin’s rep’s in the doldrums, and they’ve got a new game coming out that rivals another that just happens to have a big media announcement planned for the headlining key part of it, today. No correlation whatsoever though, obviously.
    But, hey, charity.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    Impressive.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Aullah

    @11 Thats actually 11 keys because 5 of 6 have steam keys too.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    @13: http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/05/03/ea-indie-bundle-released-on-steam-wait-what/
    That one was for their EA Partners published stuff, mostly, and it was Steam exclusive.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Beta

    People aren’t complaining about this are they?..

    Who cares about EA’s motivation for doing this. 6 good games, you pay what you want and it all goes to charity.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. fearmonkey

    I bought it, I already owned Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2 but its worth it for the rest. Also, origin isnt really that bad, not as nice as Steam, but not bad.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. darthroseman

    Guys, why would I donate money to charity for six games when I could complain that two of them aren’t on Steam instead? I mean, I haven’t used Origin, but everyone says it is terrible, so I should blindly agree with them, and say “FUCK CHARITIES BECAUSE ORIGIN!”

    You people are morons.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. life28

    BTW, Dead Space 3 on Origin cost 50€

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    > gets half a dozen games for next to nothing, and money goes to charity
    > still manages to find something to complain about

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Lengendaryboss

    @22
    Its admirable in a sad way.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. SplatteredHouse

    The level of straw-hatting ITT, lol! Is there any question, has any opposition actually been put forward against the belief that this move was a charitable thing to do? That fact alone shouldn’t outlaw, nor nullify further consideration. I thought I was visiting a news site, not a mere blog.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. sebastien rivas

    Charity may be but what Charity are we talking about? I don’t give to every charity…

    I got it from the list provided i trhough the link:

    Human Rights Campaign
    Watsi
    San Francisco AIDS Foundation
    American Cancer Society
    American Red Cross

    Thanks

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Ireland Michael

    @23, It really, really isn’t. It’s obscenely egotistical.

    @25, The charities are listed on the page, and you choose how much to give to whoever you want. Nothing goes to EA.

    Edit: Ah, you found them. Good stuff.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. super3001

    nobody can complain is amazeing value and good cause

    #27 1 year ago
  28. SplatteredHouse

    “You do realize that this is a marketing scheme/scam to get Origin in more computers right? And that EA is happily footing the bill while people like you misguidedly think you are sticking it to the man while you play into their hand, correct?”
    http://www.destructoid.com/now-it-s-ea-s-turn-to-have-a-humble-bundle-260022.phtml#comment-1001474356

    #28 1 year ago
  29. sebastien rivas

    guys when you insert your CC, do not account for days’ expiration, it only works for month and year expiration on your CC. Took me 4 tries to get it… I am really getting old.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. sebastien rivas

    Dam Origin, I have the wheel of death when I click on add game. And getting to redeem game on website Origin account gets me a wheel of death too LOL :)

    I’ll check this out later, might be due to the cache needed to be cleared

    #30 1 year ago
  31. sebastien rivas

    BTW,
    Thanks Phil for the article. Very appreciated :)

    #31 1 year ago
  32. sh4dow

    @26

    You’re absolutely right. What a pathetic excuse for a human being I am for thinking critically, tirelessly fighting sexism, racism and other ignorance instead of shutting up, shopping consciously (is that even a thing? I hope you know what I mean) and donating to whatever causes I choose to support while getting nothing in return (well… except for a very, very slightly improved world). It’s the epitome of egoism.
    Unlike of course people who benevolently throw a couple of bucks towards charity for a whole bunch of games and publicly tap each other on the shoulder for doing so and alienate/belittle/ridicule everybody who dares to be critical of this for one reason or another. What great humanitarians. If only everybody would aspire to be like that. We would have a world… just the way it is, wouldn’t we?

    Although… yeah, it would be awful if people couldn’t even be arsed to donate money with a huge fat carrot like this dangling in front of them… But if you think that a couple of bucks for charity are going to make much of a difference in the world, I doubt that you have understood much about it. There are much, much more important things one could do but most don’t. It’s simply a lot easier to remain an ignorant fuck and merely throw some change towards the beggars now and then.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. Ireland Michael

    @32 Please spare me the slactivism accusations. I don’t care for it myself. I’m a person who goes out of their way to help others constantly. But I don’t need to make a song and dance about the fact like you seem to want to, and I’m not up my own ass as to insult others for their own little bit charity.

    You don’t get to tar everyone with the same brush for one simple act. You don’t know what they do in their spare time.

    See, there’s a reason why people don’t like individuals like Bono. He might do lots of charity, but he also has to be a self obsessed, attention whoring hypocrit at the same time. You’re sounding like him right now.

    tl;dr: Get off your fucking high horse.

    Do charity because you want to be charitable, but don’t criticise others for not doing it your way. At the end of the day, the money is going towards good causes, and that is the only thing that matter in this instance. EA are footing the bill for this one – there isn’t even an option to give them money.

    Who fucking cares about the fact that its Origin if its going to raise MILLIONS OF DOLLARS for good charity organisations?

    “But if you think that a couple of bucks for charity are going to make much of a difference in the world.”

    No, but a couple of million sure goes a long way.

    And tens of millions goes even further.

    This fairly meagre planet is sustained on the kindness of billions of people, giving whatever little bit of themselves to help, whether its a big gesture or a small one. Every small act of kindness and generosity grows… and THAT makes a difference in the world.

    “I doubt that you have understood much about it.”

    You’d be surprised.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. NeoSquall

    Despite what some poor excuses for borrowing from the human gene pool are saying, the bundle is selling amazingly well, breaching $2,2 millions in about 6-7 hours from the start.

    I bet this bundle will go near, or possibly way beyond $100 millions by the end of the promotion.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. Ireland Michael

    @34 But… but… ah fuck it.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. OlderGamer

    Here is the thing…well a couple of things first off well said(mostly)sh4dow. And Kudos to SplatteredHouse, I was thinking the same as the quote in the link.

    Ever walk out of a store at Xmass time and get hit with a snear from either the person ringing the bell or someone that just dropped some spare change into the hanging bucket? I am talking about the good souls that stand outside a store, ringing a bell, hoping to raise money for the less fortunate at holiday time. I have. I even got stopped and chewed out by a lady that had just left(before me) a Toys r Us. She had a few toys in her several bags, no doubt for her kids or grandkids. She preceded to explain to me that needy people everywhere needed a helping hand and asked how I was going to sleep at night knowing that I had a chance to help and didn’t.

    I agreed with her, indeed needy people where everywhere. Infact, I said, these(referring to the man ringing a bell and the bucket he was standing next to) where also everywhere. Then I asked how could she be sure that I hadn’t already donated outside another store? Looking as tho she suddenly had somewhere to rush off to, she mumbled that she doubted I would be the type to donate. She then scurried off.

    The fact was that I had donated outside the first store I visited that evening, a Walmart. My wife and I have cash withheld from her paychecks for charity. I donate. I give to charity. I even help work a local food pantry and just last winter I was involved in a community clothing drive. I donated my time, not just my funds.

    So if look back at this thread, I can see the same angry face of that sad over weight women staring at me. You bought some games …. cheap, for charity. That is great. I think charity is great. But don’t fool yourself. You guys don’t know me, don’t judge. And keep in mind…what you bought was…a few video games.

    Moral high horse indeed.

    As for EA, no doubt in my mind that this was a two pronged tactic. One is that they get origin into more homes. And two, after being voted worst company twice, public image gets a boost.

    Gamers get cheap games, charities get money, and EA smells like a rose. It is a win win win. In my book, nothing wrong with that. EA did a good thing. Good people get money/help. After all EA didn’t have to do anything. So enjoy your games.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. taylorlauder

    So can you buy them all at $5?

    #37 1 year ago
  38. wally10975

    @37 I bought them all for exactly $5, all you have to do is pay above the current average payment, and they tell you the current average

    #38 1 year ago
  39. Arnvidr

    Good deal for Crysis 2, and I guess I’ll try Mirror’s Edge on pc as well. Will be some keys left over, and nothing in the bundle to get me to install Origin, but a stupidly good offer either way you look at it.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. aseddon130

    If the critics in this thread prove anything it is that gamers are absolute arseh*les. It makes me ashamed to be one at most times.

    *a gamer that is, not an arse**le*

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Andrew C.

    How in the hell can you argue for this offer? Origin? Steam? What the hell is wrong with all these “idiotic” yet paranoic people?

    It’s a good offer and those who opt in for “EA wants Origin installed on many computers” is clearly living in America. Your paranoia is above everything else on this planet.

    My GOD, what this world has come to.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. MFBB

    Gamers are not assholes/idiots just because they want to play on there prefered platform/service.

    I also dont want to buy games that use Uplay/Origin/GFWL etc because I had bad experiences with them and so I stopped using them completly.

    If it is a game I really dont want to miss and its not avaibable anywhere else, I always download a crack for it so I dont have to deal with all this crap.

    #42 1 year ago
  43. aseddon130

    @42 If EA are giving you a service like Origin that lets you move between platforms easily enough with the minimum amount of legwork then let them do it, i’ve found Origin pretty pleasant to use myself and for a game like Need For Speed Most Wanted 2012 it allowed me to take my online level from my 360 version to the PC version and then to the Vita version with relative ease, it’s pretty good.

    I can only see the service getting better in the future and while it’s had teething problems (just because its EA and its fun to bash EA) i can see it coming in useful with the next generation, being able to transfer your Ultimate Team from Fifa 360 to XB1 or Battlefield 4 stuff from current gen to next gen and beyond, it can have its uses. They have just yet to prove that it has them just yet.

    Steam went through these teething problems back when that launched and now everybody worships it like a god. Yes, it’s easier to just have one client for all games but on the PC that’s just not going to happen since Windows is not a fully closed platform like a console is. Having one or two extra executibles on your Pc is not a big of a deal as people think it is, so get over it and get on with it.

    #43 1 year ago
  44. Dirk

    @33 Applause for that quality post.

    The hate on the Humble blog is pretty disturbing. Say what you want about EA but Humble took a chance to help raise millions for charities, that’s supposed to be a good thing.

    For those that missed it or didn’t bother to read when they saw EA/Origin, Steam keys are available for Dead Space, Burnout, Crysis 2, Mirror’s Edge and Medal of Honor. That’s 5 decent/good games for $1/64p.
    Steam keys are also separate from Origin keys so for those 5 games you get 2 copies.

    I’ve never used Origin before but will give it a chance before dismissing it. Hell, I’ve had problems with Steam before but no issues with G4WL, judging by some of these posts I should be hating on Valve and loving Microsoft.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. Ireland Michael

    @44 Its getting hate because its a company with a lot of exposure, hence more people will see it, hence more hate. It’s also looking like it could potentially make more money than every previous Humble Bundle… combined.

    ——

    If you don’t care about the company or the games, just buy the bundle and give the games to a friend. That way everyone wins. Don’t insult other people’s charity. It just makes you look petty.

    #45 1 year ago
  46. deathm00n

    As of now $3,636,880.64 was donated to charity. How I hate you EA, helping charity and all that shit. /sarcasm

    Seriously, I don’t see it as buying games, I see it as donating to charity and receiving games as a thank you. (I love to post my country proverbs so here is another) You don’t look at the gifted horse teeth.

    #46 1 year ago
  47. sh4dow

    @ 36:

    Thanks for chiming in. Because of your elaboration, I don’t feel the need to add anything more to this discussion. I really appreciate it that there is at least one person who both understands and agrees (“mostly”, apparently – but “mostly” is good enough for me, since I feel that your own post reflects my own opinion pretty well) with what I was saying.

    #47 1 year ago
  48. DSB

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: It’s absolutely terrifying to me when EA does something brilliant.

    It doesn’t matter how you feel about EA or Origin, it’s a slam dunk. EA gets customers to go on their shitty client, and charities get paid so you can totally defend supporting the worst company in the games industry.

    I’ve said this before too: You would hope that this is somehow a sign that EA is smartening up and finally noticing that they’re selling to people instead of spreadsheets, but they’ve just been so incredibly inept for so long that I still have trouble believing what I’m seeing.

    Maybe if they broke down the Origin/Steam barrier. Competition is your friend.

    #48 1 year ago
  49. sebastien rivas

    @ 32

    Yes the list could have been better. But again it could have been worse too.
    I know the money I provided won’t change the world but among the many other hands, it is meant to support, not to make a living out of it.
    Now I understand some charity are better than others which is why I needed the list before I even purchase games in asociation with the donation.

    Now yes I don’t like EA, not even a bit for many reasons in the past and some still occuring. Though if Vivendi, or any other pub would do the same then I would gladely participate but only depending where the donation goes and from vg247 posters this morning, I would go even further by stating I would give only if revenues remain proportional between game purchase versus donation.
    Out of the money I spent, only 75 cents went toward games. if you spend 1$ then yes it is a scam or scheme because 75 % of revenues goes toward the games but if you spent minimal advertised amount then it would be only 8% of profit goes toward games then you can at least stear hope it will help supporting the one or those you donate to. I chose to donate to a single cause to be honest.
    I turned VG247 on this morning only to see at least one gamer spent 1 dollar and I don’t think s/he is the only one which effectively makes the purchase and donation a bit of a scam to my eyes.

    to correct this EA should be 8% proportional to total revenues for any sum @ 10 dollars and under.

    #49 1 year ago
  50. NeoSquall

    @35?
    What? My post was just agreeing with what you said in yours in a blunt manner because I had back pains, hence my “good manners switch” was turned off.

    Plus, all this hate for Origin reminds me of how people treated Steam before it became the digital platform of choice for the PC community: yes, it’s arguably too late to consider it a pioneer, but Origin is just a fledgeling platform that can and will evolve in something better, in the future.

    #50 1 year ago

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