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Gamers Raise $6.5 Million For Fight Against COVID With Humble Bundle

Gamers Raise $6.5 Million For Fight Against COVID With Humble Bundle

Over 200,000 bundles were sold.

Sarah James

Sarah James

At the beginning of April, Humble announced the Humble Conquer COVID-19 Bundle, a collection of games and ebooks with 100 percent of the proceeds going to various organisations in order to help in the fight against the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To say this initiative was a success would be an understatement. Altogether, gamers managed to raise over $6.5 million as of April 24, with over 200,000 bundles sold. The funds will go to organisations such as Direct Relief, International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, and Partners In Health. A blog post from Humble gives a bit more insight into how the money will be used by each.

"Direct Relief is so deeply grateful for the extraordinary generosity from the Humble Bundle community to help keep health workers safe as they put themselves at risk to keep all of us safe. This support translates into immediate, practical help - personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses, medications, and supplies for people with severe cases of COVID-19, and resources for those affected who are most at-risk throughout the country. This is such a wonderful example of everyone pulling together and doing whatever we can to protect those who are most vulnerable."

"Through the generous partnership with Humble Bundle and its customers, resources from the Conquer COVID-19 Bundle will help support the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) work to support vulnerable populations that are being hardest hit by this outbreak." said Lauren Gray, Senior Director Global Corporate Partnerships, International Rescue Committee. "IRC teams are on the ground in over 40 countries working around the clock to help rapidly detect, respond, and prevent further spread of the disease through activities such as training its frontline staff on proper infection prevention and control, distributing essential hygiene and Personal Protection Equipment supplies, and providing lifesaving information to refugees and displaced persons on where to get help."


Humble is just one of many in the games industry who have donated money to help in the fight against COVID-19. Among them, Cyberpunk 2077 studio CD Projekt Red has donated $1 million and Sony has pledged up to $100 million towards the relief effort.

And as we've mentioned before, if you want to do something to help, you can always get involved with the Folding@home project and lend your PC's power to the initiative. Alternatively, if you'd rather have a more hands-on approach, you can download and play Foldit for free and you'll be "folding" virtual proteins into new shapes, which scientists can then replicate in a lab.

Featured Image Credit: Humble