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Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M

EA News has word that the recently concluded Humble Origin Bundle raised over $10 million for charity:

After two weeks online, the Humble Origin Bundle, which featured ten of our games, sold over 2.1 million copies and generated over $10.5 million in sales. Most of the funds benefitted six charities with additional optional tips going to support Humble Bundle for hosting the promotion. Consumers who purchased the bundle named their own price and then determined how to distribute their donation across the participating organizations: Human Rights Campaign, watsi, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, American Red Cross, GamesAid and the American Cancer Society.

“The Humble Origin Bundle was an amazing opportunity for San Francisco AIDS Foundation,” said Robin Easterbrook, San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “We have never participated in anything like it before, and were thrilled to be able to connect our work with an amazing community of gamers. It really inspired us to think about new fundraising ideas which can make a big impact on our efforts in the community.”

"We are very grateful for the support of Humble Bundle and their customers through this collaboration," said Lin Mac Master, chief marketing and revenue officer for the American Cancer Society. "The American Cancer Society turned 100 years old this year, and efforts like this will help us make this cancer’s last century.”

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15. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 13:37 TangledThorns
 
I'd buy a new game but I'm still addicted to BF3  
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14. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 13:32 Jivaro
 
Verno wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 12:55:
I was shocked at the posh gatherings..

My sister, who is an attorney and does pro bono work for a charity organization, explained that to me in a way that almost makes sense. When a person that makes $1000000+ a year makes a donation, it tends to be much more sizable than someone who makes 70000+ a year. A charity wants to attract those people, so they have to have offices that those people can feel confident coming to or sitting in. The various events have to have a certain standard of presentation so that the wealthier people are comfortable and thus more likely to open their wallets. In other words, they cater to the rich to get their fattier donations. Obviously it helps that it makes it a lot comfortable of a workspace...I am not playing that off at all...rather just pointing out that there is a purpose to it. I may have a terrific charity for sick kids, but if the office is located in east downtown Oakland, the neighboring building is a crack house, and the closest thing to a parking lot I have is curbside meters....that isn't going to attract the people that can afford to give the most.
 
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13. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 13:18 Undih
 
I didn't pay more than the average since the game offered as bonus were Origin only..  
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12. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 13:15 Optional nickname
 
so now, all the kids that will benefit from this charity, can now logon to Origin, and redeem 10 million dollars of Origin games on sale. However they are currently upset over the fact that they can't currently login to play, as the servers are down.  
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11. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 13:11 Creston
 
Congrats to EA and the Humble Bundle for an awesome achievement.  
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10. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 12:55 Verno
 
I directed my money to Humble Bundle themselves. I'm rather suspicious of how charity funds actually allocate their money.

One of my ex's worked at a charitable organization (cancer related). I was shocked at the posh gatherings and other little dos they had on a regular basis though this was explained to me as a way to attract more money from high income earners. They were audited every year by the government as a requirement to maintain their charitable status so there probably wasn't anything serious going on but they had some borderline expenses and things like good salaries, employee benefits, etc. You don't get rich working at them but many people seem to do alright, her salary there was almost as good as mine and her work was a lot less stressful. I remember someone at a party once posed the "what if cancer gets cured overnight?" question to several of the employees and they looked really uncomfortable, as if they took it for granted this was going to be a career forever. I suppose everyone worries about job security and they could probably just pick another cause to get involved with.

That's not to say they didn't do good work though. I think it depends a lot on the organization, I've seen some not-for-profit and charities that can barely sustain themselves.

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9. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 12:51 MDB
 
I directed my money to Humble Bundle themselves. I'm rather suspicious of how charity funds actually allocate their money.

Really happy to have picked up the Dead Spaces and Mirror's Edge -- they'd been on my list for a while but I never had the chance to pick them up.
 
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8. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 11:55 Prez
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 10:57:
EA is probably happier that they managed to get a million or so people to sign up for Origin.

Of course if they were all on Steam as well (some are, but the newer ones aren't), they surely would have made more money because people would have had more choices. Quite a few people who use Steam use it exclusively for digital distribution and don't want to use Origin (or any other service for that matter). I much MUCH prefer Steam myself, and I like having all of my games on one platform for convenience, so a game has to be really special to make me install Origin for it. None of the games in this bundle pass muster in that regard.

Still this was a good move on EA's part, which shows that someone over there actually has a clue. Good job EA.
 
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7. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 10:57 Elf Shot The Food
 
EA is probably happier that they managed to get a million or so people to sign up for Origin.  
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6. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 10:51 DeathMan20
 
Best part is being able to select where you want the funds to go.
I've done a few Humble Bundles in the past, great idea.
 
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5. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 10:22 KS
 
More importantly:

1. Never heard of it before
2. Story link links to their site, Origin.com. Clicked "buy", and searched, and got this:

Sorry, we didn't find anything for

“humble origin bundle”

 
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4. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 10:17 KS
 
No American Heart Association, their disease which kills more than all the other specialty organizations together, and is of special interest to fat men sitting around getting fatter and fatter playing video games?

Come on guys!
 
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3. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 10:14 MattyC
 
I am not a big fan of EA or Origin, but I picked this up. Lots going to good causes and you got quite a few games.  
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2. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 09:54 Cutter
 
Impressive. Most impressive.
 
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1. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 09:44 Verno
 
Great to see so much money going towards good causes, kudos to everyone involved including EA  
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