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In 90 Minutes, Humble Bundle Raises $300,000 For Rights Groups (Updated)

Update, 2/21/2017 8:35am PST: Humble Bundle announced that it raised $6.43 million for the American Civil Liberties Union, Doctors Without Borders, and International Rescue Committee via the Humble Freedom Bundle. The company matched $300,000 of those donations-slash-purchases.

Humble Bundle raised $300,000 for the American Civil Liberties Union, Doctors Without Borders, and the International Rescue Committee in just 90 minutes. The proceeds were raised via the Humble Freedom Bundle that offers 47 games and books in exchange for a minimum payment of $30.

Humble Bundle often supports various organizations with dedicated "bundles" of discounted games and books. The company usually lets customers decide how their payments are split up--all the money can go to a charity, for example, or it can be split between the charity and Humble Bundle itself--and features a "pay what you want" scale along with some higher tiers which require minimum payments. The service, then, is all about freedom.

The Humble Freedom Bundle differs in that 100% of proceeds will go to rights organizations, and Humble Bundle vowed to match donations up to $300,000. This special bundle also offers just one tier--people can donate as much as they want, but they'll only get those 47 titles if they cough up at least $30. But the company did leave open the possibility that more games, books, and tiers will be added before the promotion ends on February 20:

We were not able to add every game in time for our launch, so we will be trying to add more content from interested developers over the course of the promotion. Keep an eye out for more content will be added to this bundle this Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time, but no guarantees!If you already paid for the $30 tier, you'll automatically receive the additional content once they're added!

This bundle includes many noteworthy games like Stardew Valley, Super Meat Boy, The Witness, and many others. It also features the R in a Nutshell desktop reference guide, novels from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Cory Doctorow, and The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online, among others. Humble Bundle didn't just take whatever it could get for this effort; it assembled a long list of high-quality products.

Here's what Humble Bundle said about this Freedom campaign:

We humbly remember that the United States is a nation of immigrants, and we proudly stand with developers, authors, and charities that champion liberty and justice for all.This special one-week bundle features over $600 in incredible games and books for just $30. 100% of your payments will go to the American Civil Liberties Union, the International Rescue Committee, and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Humble Bundle will proudly match your contributions up to $300,000.We chose these three organizations because of the inspiring work they do in providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced people as well as in defense of justice, human rights, and civil rights.

The campaign is likely inspired by President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. Almost 100 tech companies (including Microsoft, Intel, Apple, and Facebook) filed a brief challenging the order. Almost 16,000 bundles have been sold at the time of writing.

The Humble Freedom Bundle will run until February 20. Every game can be downloaded from Steam--all for Windows, some for Mac and Linux--and several are DRM-free. All the books are also DRM-free so they should be compatible with anyone's reading platform of choice.

  • dstarr3
    Lot of good stuff in that bundle. Shame I already own everything I want out of it.
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  • herp mcderperson
    It's a 90-day suspension, not a ban, and being majority-Muslim has nothing to do with it. Being the majority of terrorism-exporting countries has everything to do with it, and the fact that they're Muslim is a coincidence. But hey, it makes for great narrative material that they're just Xenophobic and Islamophobic.

    It's not even in effect right now, since the Courts have ruled against the Administration on this one.
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  • bak0n
    ACLU does not equate to freedom. It equals liberal lawyers pushing for liberal policies. I've had to deal with one first hand in the family of my wife. She's got more hate for anyone than I've ever met. In the name of tolerance of course.
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  • Giroro
    Tech companies just want to import an unlimited number of cut-rate engineers to keep their labor costs down.

    It's objectively bad for me to support that practice. For as many times as I've been told there's a shortage of engineers... it sure still seems pretty impossible to find anything that pays anywhere near a 'median' salary.
    If there was an actual staffing shortage, then why are benefits drying up and salaries being cut drastically?
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  • motaba1
    Yeah, not a nation of Islamic immigrants, immigrants that wanted the American way. There is nothing in the constitution saying we have to let anyone in. Actually, during the great immigration of the late 1800's, early 1900's was us exploiting people for cheap labor.
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  • Todd1415
    We aren't a nation of immigrants. almost 90% of US citizens were born here. We are a nation of natives.
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  • Aspiring techie
    Toms, I really respect you. You are the first place I go to for the latest tech news, and I consider you one of the most in-depth, accurate, and practical tech sites around. Please, don't branch off into politics. I want to come to Toms for a breath of fresh air, not a repeat of the current political fights.
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  • 80-watt Hamster
    19293600 said:
    It's a 90-day suspension, not a ban, and being majority-Muslim has nothing to do with it. Being the majority of terrorism-exporting countries has everything to do with it, and the fact that they're Muslim is a coincidence. But hey, it makes for great narrative material that they're just Xenophobic and Islamophobic.

    It's not even in effect right now, since the Courts have ruled against the Administration on this one.

    You don't think so? In light of how Trump campaigned, it might not be a Muslim ban, but it certainly looks like it wants to be one when it grows up.
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  • dstarr3
    19293932 said:
    Toms, I really respect you. You are the first place I go to for the latest tech news, and I consider you one of the most in-depth, accurate, and practical tech sites around. Please, don't branch off into politics. I want to come to Toms for a breath of fresh air, not a repeat of the current political fights.

    I don't really see how Tom's has "gotten political." I don't see any opinion in this article. It's just reporting on the current Humble Bundle, which is a unique one.
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  • splinter48708
    I will not give a single red cent to the ACLU, period. If they were truly for all Americans, they would defend all Americans rights instead of picking and choosing what rights to defend.

    The Constitution is a pact between Americans and their government by consent. It is not a pact between some clown who is in this country illegally OR someone who is not entitled to those rights due to not being an American, either natural born or naturalized (including permanent legal immigrants...AKA "Green Card Holders")
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