Humble Bundle Steam Key minimum increased to battle un-humble gamers

By Xav de Matos, Dec 21, 2011 6:00pm PST

A few--let's just say it--horrible people have taken it upon themselves to purchase the latest Humble Indie Bundle for one penny, in an attempt to increase their odds of winning prizes during Valve's current raffle promotion.

To counter this nefarious practice, the organizers at Wolfire have decided to set a threshold of $1 for donations looking to score Steam keys for the included games in the package.

In a blog post on the Humble Blog, the organizers noted that the one penny minimum is "unfair to legitimate entrants and is definitely not what we wanted to encourage with Humble Indie Bundle 4."

"It's a lose-lose situation for the indie developers, charities, Valve, and Humble Bundle," the blog added.

Showing their own humble side, the organizers say that they work with users on a case-by-case basis if they cannot afford the new $1 Steam key minimum that promise "not to resell it or otherwise abuse it."

Considering the intention of the Humble Indie Bundle is to give to multiple charity organizations, including those that support children in need, and the indie community, it's quite disturbing that this is happening. But we know Shackers wouldn't be involved in such a vile practice.

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