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Stardew Valley, The Witness and 45 more headline Humble Bundle supporting ACLU (update)

It’s simply called the Humble Freedom Bundle

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Humble Bundle is targeting the American Civil Liberties Union and two other charities in a 47-game (and some books) pay-what-you-want bundle launched Monday afternoon, which includes popular titles like The Witness, Stardew Valley, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, Octodad: Dadliest Catch and Subnautica.

All the proceeds from the Humble Freedom Bundle, offered for our current political climate, will go directly to the ACLU, the International Rescue Committee and Doctors Without Borders, with Humble matching the first $300,000 raised with its own funds.

Some other titles are also fairly recent releases, including Nuclear Throne and Song of the Deep. Other games in the bundle have seen heavy rotation in Humble Bundles of the past, including VVVVV, Super Meat Boy, The Stanley Parable, World of Goo and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.

There’s also a fairly large number of books included, like Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, presented as an audiobook read by Wil Wheaton; the first six issues of Garth Ennis’ graphic novel series The Boys; and The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online.

Just like every other Humble Bundle, you’ll get to name your donated price, though the bundle’s minimum is $30. Also like Humble Bundles, the site seems to say more games will be added before the bundle is done.

Humble founder Jeffrey Rosen provided Polygon with this statement:

The Humble Freedom Bundle was a joint idea from our employees and a number of game developers, including Double Fine and Wolfire Games. As we started to contact game developers about the idea, it was clear that this bundle was very important to many people and something that needed to happen. We humbly united lots of people with similar feelings. We decided to donate $300,000 of our own funds when we saw the magnitude of games that developers were donating. Every team at Humble Bundle worked tirelessly to put this together in less than a week.

There are so many good non-profits to choose from and we regret not including them all, but we chose the following for the following reasons:

ACLU: Our employees, our business partners and our millions of customers come from all around the world. We stand together in dismay over Trump’s recent immigration ban. We find it to be un-American and damaging to global businesses like ours. The ACLU were among the first to challenge the travel ban. They are tireless in their fight for our freedom, and we know the biggest legal battles are yet to come.

Doctors Without Borders: Our country enjoys the benefits and luxuries of modern technology, and most of us can take our basic needs for granted. Many parts of the world are so torn by violence and conflict that people lack access to food, safety, and medical attention. If upheld, Trump’s travel ban prevents millions of people from fleeing war zones and seeking refuge in the United States. We support Doctors Without Borders to directly offer critical care to those in need.

International Rescue Committee: Conflicts around the world have forced people out of their homes with no clear path to safety or a new life. Refugees are directly affected by the travel ban and are the most acutely in need of help. We want to offer brighter futures to those in need by supporting the International Rescue Committee.