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December 18, 2010

Pay What You Want for Independent Games as Part of the Humble Indie Bundle

The Humble Indie Bundle is a package of independently-developed games (5 in all), that work on all platforms, are free of DRM, and are currently being sold with a "pay what you want" model. On top of this, when you set your price, you can also determine what % of your purchase goes to the developers, and what goes to charity. The've sold over 120,000 bundles so far, and presumably a large portion of the one million dollars of revenue is going to charity. Deal expires Tuesday; here's a video look at the bundle.

The games on offer:

I'm not an affiliate or anything of this release; I simply want to draw attention to all things independent, and the "pay what you want, for charity" business model is a great one. Also, keep in mind that there's nothing necessarily game-specific about "Humble Indie Bundle" -- what if they packaged a number of indie films for their next bundle? Stay tuned...

Link: The Humble Indie Bundle
[via CrunchGear]

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I think the pay what you like strategy is good for anyone who has not yet established their credibility with the audience. Rather than just giving stuff away for free, allow the audience the option to at least contribute something, if they feel the work is deserving.
Obviously you cannot employ this strategy on a project with any kind of significant budget, because there is no guarantee of return. It must be used on a project you didn't expect to receive revenue from anyways, so that every dollar and dime you receive is profit!

December 19, 2010

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Cool! I just upped the Mac average. I only know Braid but they all seem fun little game and if I can get 10 hours of gaming out of these, it will be a great deal!

December 23, 2010

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