Humble Bundle is a digital storefront that has regularly offered game bundles since 2010, with the promise of profits being split between charities and developers. I’m sure we’ve all bought at some point, because Humble does generate some shocking deals, and some of the other principles of Humble are important to users: Part of the hype from the start has been Linux support.
Valve has made great strides in Linux support in recent years, but until then, Humble has insisted that games in the company’s bundles must support both Linux and Mac. Linux games apparently exist in a strange place, simply because some developers (rightly or wrongly) believe that the Linux version has little commercial value: so Valve’s strategy is Proton, a “compatibility layer” that basically allows Windows games to run in Linux operating system and reduce the burden on individual developers.
Regardless of the broader context, Humble is now moving away from Mac and Linux with its flagship subscription service, Humble Choice. The way this sub works is changing from multi-tier to a single tier for $12 per month, which lets you get some monthly game giveaways, as well as access to the Humble Trove of older games and the Humble Games Collection of recent games. This new offer comes with a new requirement for the Humble launcher app, which is great because I’ve run out of apps and it’s going to be Windows only.
“We would like to remind you that starting February 1st, the Mac and Linux versions of the DRM-free games currently in Humble Trove will no longer be available.
“As a Humble Choice member, you can still download them for your personal collection until January 31. Windows PC versions of many of these games are still available for download in the upcoming Humble app, as well as the brand new Humble Games Collection.”
There’s a bit of confusion about what Humble is doing and what that means for the company’s future OS support: the change has been announced as quietly as possible, and there’s been no official word on it other than an email to subscribers. It’s unclear what the rationale behind the decision is and how much it will affect the now-sizable digital retailer.
I’ve reached out to Humble with some questions to the company and will update with any responses.
Humble subscribers who want to keep the Mac or Linux versions of these games must download them by February 1, after which they won’t be available from the Humble website. Oddly, the Humble Trove library currently contains 79 games, but Humble now promises “50+” at launch: one wonders if there’s some background churn of Linux-loving developers.