New Fund, New Mission
A Humble Bundle black developers fund has been announced by the digital game retailer and publisher today.
"We stand in solidarity to condemn racism and violence against the Black community," began a statement on the company's official Twitter account. Humble believes in empowering and uniting communities through gaming and will leverage our platform to help achieve racial equality everywhere."
"Today we are announcing a $1 million fund dedicated to helping publish games by Black developers."
Humble Bundle is no stranger to publishing games. Indeed, the company's publishing arm Humble Games lists 18 titles on Steam alone across a variety of genres. Humble Bundle also boasts a collection of more than 90 titles in the Humble Trove, a collection of games that is available as part of its monthly subscription service Humble Choice.
Now, this San Francisco-based digital storefront is stepping up it's publishing a notch by committing $1 million in funding towards publishing games from black developers.
How Will the Humble Bundle Black Developers Fund Work?
How will this new development fund from Humble Bundle work? While this announcement is certainly welcome news to some, there isn't much in the way of firm details just yet.
"We will have more updates about the fund and other ways we are actively supporting organizations soon," the company's statement continued.
There's likely to be some kind of application process for this fund when it's ready to go live. It's also unclear whether this fund will fully cover publishing costs or whether it will also offer partial grants; both approaches have been undertaken by similar organizations.
In the interim, Humble Bundle requests that people who want to help instead contribute to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (A 501(c)3 charity which has a 3-star rating on Charity Navigator) or Race Forward (another 501(c)3 which has a 3-star Charity Navigator rating). Donations to both organizations are tax-deductible in the United States.
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