In honour of Black History Month, a fresh game bundle has been released on Humble Bundle.
Eight distinct games, including Mafia 3: Definitive Edition and Shadow Man Remastered, are included in the bundle. These games are either created by Black people or have Black protagonists.
The package, which costs £8.09 or more but is actually worth £108.75, raises money for Gameheads, a tech training programme that helps low-income adolescents.
According to the post that goes with it, “February is Black History Month, when people in the US and around the world look back and reflect on the struggles and hard-won accomplishments of Black people throughout history.”
“To help honour the month in our own way, we’ve put together a package of fantastic games by Black creators along with titles featuring Black lead characters – with proceeds helping assist the next generation of game dev and tech talent on their own learning journeys,” reads a statement on the website.
Despite the fact that Black History Month is observed in the US in February, the bundle is accessible worldwide. It’s October in the UK.
“We never intended for this to happen, but we’re not so gullible as to believe that one game could end bigotry. But at the end of the day, if we get players to reflect on race and current events, I think we’ve accomplished something that very few games have “Haden Blackman, Mafia 3’s creative director, remarked
According to Travis Escarfullery, director of design and production at Valiant Entertainment, “Michael LeRoi, the protagonist of the Shadow Man video game and the 1997 comic book series that served as the game’s inspiration, was one of the first big protagonists of colour in video games.” He was many Black gamers’ first playable hero who provided them with representation in the industry.
Humble Bundle is also helping two more charities in addition to the bundle.
The first is NPower, which helps young adults from marginalised neighbourhoods and veterans of the military establish their digital professions. The people of Humble will have numerous chances to donate to this cause through Choice membership and store purchases.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is the second, and it will be funded by a different book package.
Last but not least, Humble mentions in its Black History Month blog post that the Black Game Developer Fund will be bringing in new projects. In the wake of George Floyd’s assassination, a fund was established to support Black independent artists worldwide.
Humble : “We are grateful to the entire Humble community for helping us continue to support all of these wonderful causes and organisations that work for justice and equity. Even if something as easy as buying a few games might seem insignificant, your combined support will quickly mount up to have a genuine impact on the lives of actual people, actual communities, and the most pressing issues of the day.”