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Humble Bundle has been acquired by IGN

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This is rather unsettling to see, Humble Bundle has now officially joined with the massive media site IGN.

A small cut from their official announcement:

Announcing our biggest bundle ever: Humble Bundle is proudly joining the IGN family! We will continue to bring you all of our humble products, but with more resources and help from IGN.

I'm not entirely sure why Humble needed to join with anyone, considering the amount of money they were pulling in they must have been pretty secure. I'm sure they have their reasons, but something about this doesn't feel right to me. A media company controlling one of the biggest online stores and an occasional games publisher, it feels like a conflict there.

Gamasutra has reported that IGN executive VP Mitch Galbraith said that they don't plan to change anything, "If it's not broken, don't fix it", but then John Graham from Humble said "We want to stick to the fundamentals in the short term.", the key there is "short term". How long will it be until IGN start throwing a bit of weight around to change things up?

In the end though, it could end up being positive. There's no denying how big IGN is, so their extra resources could well help out Humble in a lot of ways.

Honestly, I would be really surprised now if we ever saw a proper Humble Indie Bundle again, I certainly doubt that Humble would ever be getting Linux games ported like they used to. We are more likely to see even more bundles from bigger publishers, likely more console bundles too.

See the full announcement from Humble here. How do you feel about this?

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z3ntu 13 October 2017 at 7:59 pm UTC
VERY unexpected
Kohrias 13 October 2017 at 8:02 pm UTC
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Very sad news Shareholder value for the win!
Drakker 13 October 2017 at 8:06 pm UTC
Very sad yo hear this. Guess I'll have to start shopping elsewhere...
RafiLinux 13 October 2017 at 8:09 pm UTC
Going to key my eye on them but I am ready to have my account deleted if they do something I'm not down with.
Jahimself 13 October 2017 at 8:20 pm UTC
I agree with every points mentioned by Liam.

It's been quite a long time that I dislike IGN way of testing game and spamming news. They sound pretty much like bad advertising against big cash and without any journalist skills... I really wonder what is the point of this. As IGN looks right now I kind of think that they completely scammed humble store...

It's important to stand against this and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised by your awareness towards this acquisition.


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wvstolzing 13 October 2017 at 8:23 pm UTC
JahimselfI agree with every point mentioned by Liam. It is nothing encouraging to hear such a "news". It's been quite a long time that I dislike IGN way of testing game and spamming news which sound pretty much like bad advertising against big cash and without any journalist skills... I really wonder what is the point of this. As IGN looks right now I kind of think that they completely scammed humble store...

That's pretty much how I think as well.
sn0rlax 13 October 2017 at 8:35 pm UTC
Hmm, I stopped visiting IGN when they stopped writing good game reviews and instead just made a video for everything.

I'm certain they'll ruin Humble.

Time to launch a Gaming on Linux Bundle site? I'll buy my games from you.
mishugashu 13 October 2017 at 8:37 pm UTC
RIP
liamdawe 13 October 2017 at 8:37 pm UTC
sn0rlaxTime to launch a Gaming on Linux Bundle site? I'll buy my games from you.
One step at a time, one day we shall conquer the world and spread the good word of Linux
toor 13 October 2017 at 8:38 pm UTC
Humble bundle used to be a great thing.
Help indie devs, support charity, bring games to more platforms, and let users pay what they want and give them high quality games.
They lost their spirit along with success, little by little.
There are now nothing more than standard stores… they don't guarantee DRM-free anymore, or cross-platform, it's not even indie anymore, they deliver not so good games in average and they force the users to pay more than a certain amount to get every games.
This is HIGHLY disappointing, I used to respect them A LOT. Now they barely are a shadow of what they used to be.
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