A selection of EA games is now available on the charity-based digital storefront, the Humble Store. It’s the first time the publisher has sold any of its games via the platform since 2015 when the Humble Origin Bundle 2 was released and players could pick up nine games for a charitable contribution of their choosing with all proceeds going to a good cause.
This time around, the games aren’t available as part of a bundle. Instead, Humble and EA are selling them as individual purchases, although with stiff discounts housed under the ‘EA Launch Sale.’ As with any purchase on the Humble Store, a portion of sales revenue goes to charity.
Among the available titles are Star Wars Battlefront II with a staggering 85% discount, a 60% discount Anthem, and Battlefield V for 60% off alongside EA classics like The Sims 4, Burnout Paradise Remastered, and the Mass Effect Trilogy each benefiting from a hefty discount as well. There’s a trend here; all the discounted games are either much-maligned flops or old games that no longer garner full-price sales.
Alongside, players can now pick up the latest EA titles at retail prices such as the controversial FIFA 20 and Madden 20 as well as pre-order upcoming releases like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Need For Speed Heat.
Note that the new listings aren’t available in all territories with some glaring omissions. The fine print reads;
This product is available in: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Japan.
Despite the clear intention of broadening its digital storefront footprint to up sales revenue, the fact EA is doing so via a company who’s entire ethos revolves around regular contributions to charity is welcome news as is seeing the publisher mentioned in relation to something other than data breaches and underwhelming content.
As of writing, its unclear whether the partnership is for the foreseeable future or for a limited time, so interested parties should jump in now as a precautionary measure.