New Humble Bundle benefits #GirlsWhoCode

The latest Humble Bundle has been revealed, and this time we’re not so excited about the games that are included (although they’re pretty great), but instead want to shine a light on the highlighted charities.

For as little as $1, you can take home the Humble Origin Bundle 2, which includes Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest. Paying more than the average price (currently US$4.64) will also net copies of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Dragon Age II, Bejeweled 3, and Mass Effect 2.

That already sounds like plenty, but we’re being told that “more games will be added” at a later date.

Sure, we know it’s a bit weird, having a major publisher like EA behind something that’s so traditionally an indie affair, but bear with us. EA is not taking any of the profits from this bundle, effectively donating all of the games that are sold. Instead, all of the money raised goes towards selected charities (with an optional tip kept aside for admin and Humble Bundle stuff).

…and it’s the highlighted charities that have grabbed our collective eye:

  • Girls Who Code, aiming to reach gender parity in computing fields
  • The V Foundation for cancer research, and
  • buildOn, which aims to educate and empower illiterate women around the world.

You can choose how much of your pay-what-you-want donation goes to which charities, in which combination. Contributions are then put up on a leaderboard, currently lead by none other than Head of EA Sports, Mr. Peter Moore himself.

As a bit of added interest, each contribution can also be added to a group total, which is posted to its own leaderboard. We’re very happy to report that #GirlsWhoCode currently boasts nearly twice as many donations as its nearest competitor, which seems to be made up of Dragon Age fans.

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