Move Aside, Steam: Humble Origin Bundle Launches, 100% of Proceeds Goes to Charity

Posted on August 14, 2013 3:01 PM by Rob Williams

The successful Humble ‘Deep Silver’ Bundle just ended, so what better way to follow up than to launch another bundle featuring none other than EA? Clearly, that was the thought those behind the Humble Bundle had, and I’d be a horrible liar if I didn’t say this promotion wasn’t as drool-worthy as the last.

Humble Origin Bundle

Spending $1 will give you Dead Space, Dead Space 3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2: Maximum Edition, Mirror’s Edge and Medal of Honor.

Let me take a breather here. $1 for all that is just… insane. I can attest to Mirror’s Edge and Burnout Paradise being fantastic games, and alone, I’d value both much more than a buck. And yet, you can get those games and four more on the side.

Alright, breather over.

Spending at least the average ($4.64 as of the time of writing) will add Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3: Starter Pack. Unlike previous deals, where extra games tend to be added in the middle of the promotion, it’s hard to tell if that will happen here. While peering into Steam’s database tends to help us figure that out, we’re dealing with Origin for the most part here. As good as this deal is, I almost can’t imagine it becoming even better.

Unlike previous Humble Bundles, EA is stepping aside and allowing 100% of the proceeds to go to charity and the Humble Tip. Charities include Human Rights Campaign, Watsi, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross.

As the bundle’s name suggests, all of the games can be redeemed at Origin, but Dead Space, Burnout Paradise, Crysis 2, Mirror’s Edge and Medal of Honor can be redeemed at Steam.

Fun Fact: 25,000 bundles were sold in the time it took me to write this post.

Update: Kicking off this promotion are some serious issues with Origin’s servers. Codes are difficult or impossible to submit, hinting at some seriously bogged-down servers. EA is aware of the issue and is on it, though there’s no telling when things will become smooth again.

  • Kayden

    I do find it strange that an EA spokes person once said “Games sale devalue the games intellectual property” but yet there are as many, if not more, sales on Origin and now Humble Bundle. I guess it’s the only way EA can get in good with gamers in 2010….oh wait.

    • ET3D

      I think that game sales devalue games in general, but that doesn’t mean they’re not effective marketing tools.

  • Lars

    I cannot redeem the codes, I guess the Origin server do not work properly… Once more.

    • Rob Williams

      I redeemed a game on Steam and it was fine, but I haven’t tested Origin yet. It’s downloading like six months of updates ;-) Will test my luck once it’s done.

      • Ikerkin

        Origins redeeming service is down due to flooding from this.
        There’s a pop-up message that explains it when you start it up.

        It’ll probably be up again today.

        • Rob Williams

          For what it’s worth, I just applied a code in Origin and it gave me no trouble at all. So you’re right, it is a lot better today.

  • August 26

    I cant do it with steam, It says server unavailable. I guess tens of thousands of people are trying to put in their codes right now. I hope My codes will still work.

    • Rob Williams

      I guess we should stop bashing Origin, then. It seems odd that Steam would be affected by this at all, given it’s been the subject of Humble Bundles in the past, but the popularity of this one is intense. 360,000 bundles sold in FOUR HOURS. I’d be surprised if this one didn’t break some sort of record.

      I guess the only thing you can do is wait until this evening and hope your luck is better. Hopefully it doesn’t end up affecting some other parts of Steam as well.

  • King of kings

    These bundles will become the norm if they push these kinds of numbers. As far as devaluating the games. I love these games but games in general have gotten too expensive they need to bring all back down to 49.99 new and most around 39.99. Games are fun but breaking that $50 barrier without tax is pushing it for me. I dont like to spend nearly $70 for a new game ever. That is almost 1/3 of what my pc cost to buid and its a FX8320 w 8gb o ram and hd7770

    • Rob Williams

      I’m with you on pricing, but the sad fact is that these games cost a LOT to make. Even still, I’ve gotten in the habit of passing brand-new games by until they go down in price unless it’s a game I just HAVE to have, or one where I believe the game will be well-worth the $50+ to me (aka: one I put more than 10 hours into).

      • King of kings

        but movies easily cost more after marketing and royalty fee’s to make but you can pick up a blu ray on release day for most under $20 and dvd sales are giving production companies much more profit than theaters. And theaters still do decent but are more for promotion and die hard movie fans now as its hard to work full time and take 2+ hours out of your day that you cannot pause. Mobile gaming gets this and understands selling 1mil copies for $1 is better than selling 1k for $50

    • John Flerianos

      AAA games are EXTREMELY expensive to make. you can’t expect fantastic visuals and gameplay without a price. The problem is that we’ve taken good games for granted.

  • Kenny Banh

    Is there a reason why Dead Space 3 and Sims 3 arent redeemable on Steam ?

    • Rob Williams

      Those particular games are not on Steam, unfortunately. Sims 3 is, but not that specific version.

      • Kenny Banh

        Oh right. All this time I thought DS3 was on Steam >< Oh well, must of saw something else that ahs a similar colour scheme. Thanks!

        • Rob Williams

          As far as I can tell, EA stopped pushing its games to Steam about a year ago, as an obvious ploy to get people go use Origin (and it’s working, given these games are only available there). It’s unfortunate, but what are you going to do…

  • King of kings

    the difference here as well is this is a tax write of for ea. They can sell you all thoes games and recoup the FULL market value in taxes where if they have to discount them on steam/origin then they only get a percentage of that sale not the full retail value they want.

    • Rob Williams

      Wouldn’t it still make sense for EA to reap 100% of the profit and then just pay taxes on THAT? It’s still beneficial the way it’s going it, but I’d think that it’d be more so the other day. Either way, this is amazing for charity and that’s really all that matters.

      • King of kings

        not quite sure exactly what you are saying but i agree that no matter what this is a good thing. And i am not complaining about ea getting a tax write off(in fact i think ea is a great game company that makes great games but they make soo many more than other companies that they will obviously make more bad games than other companies too and people will call them out on thoes more than their good ones) i am just saying that using humble bundle to get your games out makes more sense in the US that is due to charity tax write off;s.

        • Rob Williams

          I wasn’t really thinking straight. I believe a company of EA’s size must pay many millions in taxes every year, so $10M shaved off their taxes for the forthcoming year would in fact be like earning the $10M direct. It’s actually a funny loophole, if it were. EA comes out ahead, and so do these charities! Love it.

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