Humble Bundle Inc., the company that offers cheap limited-time bundles of games, has launched a permanent digital store. The Humble Store offers PC, Mac and Linux, and Android games with periodic discounts.
The Humble Bundles are collections of games (generally indie) available for two weeks. Customers can pay whatever they want for these bundles. They can also specify where their money goes: Humble Bundle Inc., the developers, and/or charities. Humble Bundle Inc. recently supplemented these bundles with weekly sales. A permanent store seems like the logical next step from there.
The Humble Store doesn't allow you to pick your price or choose who gets your money. However, it does retain the charitable spirit of the Humble Bundles. When you buy a game, 10% of that money goes toward charities such as the American Red Cross, Child’s Play, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The remaining money is split up between the folks who made the game (75%) and Humble Bundle Inc (15%).
“I am extremely excited by the Humble Store because I think it expands Humble Bundle's ability to be useful to game developers and gamers while supporting great causes,” said John Graham, Co-Founder and COO of Humble Bundle.
The Humble Store launches with 9 titles: Prison Architect Alpha, Gunpoint, Natural Selection 2, The Swapper, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Orcs Must Die! 2 - Complete, Rogue Legacy, Euro Truck Simulator 2 and Don't Starve.
"We're proud to have Don't Starve in the new Humble Store Debut Sale," said Jamie Cheng, founder of Klei Entertainment. "Humble has consistently been a terrific partner to work with."
Each of the launch games is available at 50% or more off their normal price for the next day. All of the games can be redeemed on Steam. DRM-free downloads are also available for four of the titles: Prison Architect, Rogue Legacy, The Swapper and Don't Starve.
Humble Bundle Inc. says that they'll add new games on a daily basis. These games will be accompanied by discounts - a necessity, really, considering the steady stream of deals that more entrenched competition like Steam offer.