Yes, you heard me correctly. Due to the fact that a lot of people who used to take advantage of the Steam key system that Humble Bundle has used over the years, it looks like a new system has come into play to stop the abuse.

People who bought Humble Bundles would apparently resell the key for profit online which is against the Humble Bundle agreement that you sign when buying a bundle.

Because of this the Humble Bundle has changed its method for delivering games, when you buy a bundle you’ll be requested for your Steam ID and password to link the bundle directly with your user account.

Now this does mean that if you do have any spare keys, you won’t be able to share them with friends anymore. Which is rather a shame but I can see why this system has been brought in. Now that the biggest bundle site has made this change, I think others will most likely change soon too. Good bye Steam keys, thanks selfish agreement breaking A********

Have a jolly good day folks.

Update: I’ve just emailed the Humble Bundle team for an update on this matter. I’ll let you know what they say as soon as they get back to me.

Update 2: I’ve not heard back from the Humble Team but I have found a source page from the team themselves to support the new Steam gifting program.

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Alex was born a geek to a geek family, so he has a passion for anything sci-fi related. He runs AGR in his spare time. Gaming, reading and writing sci-fi stories means he has very little spare time, though he makes it a point to get back to every comment, if possible.

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19 Responses

  1. Matt

    You can still gift the games. Humble sends a link to whatever email you specify and the person can link it to their account that way.

  2. Bryan

    Yeah it does kind of suck because I’ve given away games before, but I get the point of this as well. I understand trying to turn a profit, but off of a charity based site? That’s rough.

  3. charity cunts

    Last time I get a bundle then. Deny me and the charity losses.
    CUNTS !!!
    I used to give my keys away anyway so fuck you. More than the charities loosing out then.
    BASTARDS !!!

    • Alexander Bradley
      Alexander Bradley

      Hey, it’s not Humble Bundle who is to blame. It’s the buggers using charity and indie bundles as money making exercises.

      Besides, if Grant is correct, you’ll still be able to give keys away, just in a different, hopefully, more secure way. I’m going to reach out to the team at Humble Bundle for more info on this matter to hopefully clear up whether games can still be gifted.

  4. Grant

    You can gift individual games now. I think it’s a good compromise that stops the offenders.

  5. Oisín

    I don’t understand why they consider reselling of keys to be a problem. Who cares if scabby resellers make a profit, if it means a few more bundles are bought? That’s better than nobody (or even one less) person buying the bundle, surely.

    Obviously the resellers are selling their keys to people who probably wouldn’t have bought the game at full price. Therefore, they’re generating more bundle purchases from what would otherwise be nothing and doing something that’s either neutral or very slightly good for the bundle and gaming ecosystem in general.

    • Alexander Bradley
      Alexander Bradley

      Its more the fact that the games in the bundles, sometimes some pretty AAA games, are meant to be sold at a big price drop from normal to raise money for charity.

      If people buy the bundles at the lowest price possible, than charities and the people behind the bundles don’t get there fair share.

      This is more about pride and respect than a legal right to resell games. Companies put there games up for bundles in the good faith that we, as honest gamers, will pay a fair amount for the bundles while donating some of that to helpful causes around the world.

      • Oisín

        It’s not about pride and respect, and it never should be. It’s about raising some money for charity and forgetting about ego and any ideas about “fairness” and “good faith”.

        More people buying the bundles means more money for charity and those helpful causes around the world.

        Placing obstacles in that process as a kneejerk response to “unfair” behaviour by unscrupulous resellers will only serve to harm that good effort. Sure, maybe those resellers you denounce as dishonest and unfair will stop making a buck, but the charities will also lose out, and that’s much more important.

      • Alexander Bradley
        Alexander Bradley

        I’m sorry but many things are about pride and respect, respect for companies hand crafted work and pride for giving money to those who need it more than ourselves.

        To condone resellers using game keys to make profit, when that money should really be given to charities is like condoning corruption in third world countries when it comes to aid money.

        Unfortunately, if people are going to cheat a charitable system than they have no choice but to sell less bundles in the hopes of increasing the average bundle prices thanks to the hard working average gamer.

      • Oisín

        That’s frankly nonsense. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater!

        Nobody is condoning resellers using game keys to make a profit. What I’m saying is that the decisions made over this should be based solely on the money that reaches the charities at the end of the day, and not on whether people think it’s fair or right or wrong that resellers are making a dishonest buck later on.

        You seem to be suggesting that without these resellers, the average price paid for bundles would be higher. This claim needs to be backed up with proof, otherwise it is meaningless.
        All we can say with certainty otherwise, is that these resellers increase the number of bundles sold, and therefore the amount of money that reaches charities, unless there is evidence to the contrary. That’s not to defend their motives; clearly it’s a purely parasitic act that they’ve chosen, but that’s irrelevant.

        You need to separate your ideas about righteousness and fairness from the very specific purpose of charity drives: to raise money for charities.

      • Alexander Bradley
        Alexander Bradley

        Your the one who can’t accept that the feature has been enabled to stop people making a profit where one should not be made.

        You are! By saying exactly what you said in the last couple posts, you are condoning their actions. The feature was not enabled to take money away from charities and charities did not create the problem, therefore it was implemented because of the resellers as they created the problem thanks to greed.

        Proof will take time, as usual, but you seem to have it in your head that by stopping resellers selling the games, bundle numebers will drop, why is that so? Surely instead of buying a game from a dodgy reseller, the gamer can go straight to the bundle site and get the bundle for themselves. Therefore increasing the amount of real bundles sold instead of filling resellers pockets for no effort what so ever.

        So in your mind, if we sold Cocaine and Heroin in the name of raising money for charity, that would be perfectly acceptable? WTF

      • Oisín

        “Your the one who can’t accept that the feature has been enabled to stop people making a profit where one should not be made.”

        It’s “you’re”, and yes, I think that’s exactly the wrong reason to enable the feature. And make up your mind – I criticised the logic behind the decision for focusing on cutting someone else’s profits instead of increasing the charities’ profit. You disagreed with me, then in the same post you state that the decision was made to stop someone else profiting. Which is it?

        “Surely instead of buying a game from a dodgy reseller, the gamer can go straight to the bundle site and get the bundle for themselves.”

        Surely? If that were the case, then why is there any market for resellers? Obviously they never heard about the bundles, or didn’t find out until it was too late. In those cases, they could at least get the game from one of those dodgy resellers – now they won’t be able to. Good job?

        “Therefore increasing the amount of real bundles sold instead of filling resellers pockets for no effort what so ever.”

        Again, this is faulty logic. If they’re going to resellers because they missed the deal, then the number of “real bundles sold” will not increase by doing this.

        “So in your mind, if we sold Cocaine and Heroin in the name of raising money for charity, that would be perfectly acceptable? WTF”

        ROFL, you’ve equated my tolerance of “dodgy resellers” with tolerance of selling cocaine and heroin. Brilliant! Ever hear of the “slippery slope” fallacy?

      • Alexander Bradley
        Alexander Bradley

        I did not say giving money to charity was wrong, I said using a charity event for personal greed was wrong.

        Thanks for the correction.

        So instead of promoting the bundle, people will make some extra cash because they can’t be arsed to share a link? No, this isn’t their property to resell, the bundles were sold on the good natured agreement that it would be used for personal use or gifted to others, not made a side business out off. You should know that there is nearly always a market for anything and everything, whether its legal or right is completely different.

        Then wait for the next deal. DOH! These games are not sold to please the public, the main aim is to raise money for charity. You missed the event, tough luck, go to a side dealer and accept his bundle for twice the price with none of the added profit going to charity, shame on you.

        Yeah, plenty of times. The fact that you don’t equate the two are the problem. Ignoring one problem because it makes you life easy reminds me far too much of our political situation, just take a look at how that’s working.

        Instead when someone is trying to run a honest business you slate them for it when they are doing there job. Did you not think that Humble Bundle may not have been the source of the change. Maybe the game companies won’t stand for bundles to be sold on the side and stated that if the problem wasn’t solved, games would no longer be available for bundles. How would that be helping charity? Huh?

      • Oisín

        “You missed the event, tough luck, go to a side dealer and accept his bundle for twice the price with none of the added profit going to charity, shame on you.”

        Shame on who? I bought the bundle like most other people who were smart enough to get email updates from the site. Those users who weren’t so smart – well what’s the point in telling them to be ashamed? None of this will change the fact that they missed the bundle – only now they won’t be able to pick it up from some reseller, so ZERO money goes from them to charity instead of the few dollars paid by the reseller.

        You keep arguing about the dishonesty of what resellers have been doing, as if this alone would justify the decision to cut them out of the system, even though it could cause LESS money to be received by the charities. So you consider your own sense of righteousness and justice to be more important than charities receiving some money.

        “The fact that you don’t equate the two are the problem.”

        No. The fact that you consider someone reselling a cheap product for profit to be completely equivalent to someone selling cocaine is the problem. That’s absolutely insane. By your logic, anyone who trades on the stock market is as bad as a (hard) drug dealer. By your logic, eBay is as bad as a drug dealer. Anyone who performs a service for someone else which you consider “ungentlemanly” is as bad as a drug dealer, by your logic. Absolutely ridiculous.

      • Alexander Bradley
        Alexander Bradley

        I’m telling those who have to stoop so low as to go to a third party sellers to get a discounted game after a bundle has ended. Sorry, communication today is near instant, you miss a bundle, 80-90% of time it was your fault for not acting quick enough or doing your research. The rest of the time, you can wait for the next bundle which will probably have the game in again anyway.

        Zero money goes from the reseller anyway, it goes in their pocket. By buying bundles at the lowest possible price just to make a profit isn’t going to be feeding any desperate people any time soon, now is it. Getting the message across and sharing the news of that bundle with everyone who may want to know about it will get plenty more bundles sold and give more to charity.

        I consider the system they’ve had to put in place, partly the fault of those resellers, they decided to take advantage of a charity site and companies obviously took notice. You seem to think that nothing is more important than getting as much money to charity pockets as possible no matter the consequences, if that’s true I’m sure there are plenty of wallets you could go and pinch and use that money. Why not after all if pride and honestly don’t matter, why don’t we just rob someones house while we’re at it.

        They aren’t providing a service, their taking advantage of charities and companies good will. That is what I have a problem with, unlike you and these sellers, I like to think of myself as honest and good, a trusted and decent person with some morals. Obvisouly if charity is involved we should just chuck all that out, right?

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