News flash, guys. EA likes your money.
They like it a lot. And they’ve noticed you like this whole “indie bundle” thing.
Really, they’ve noticed that people like indie games in general. Several of the major game publishers have noticed it. It’s the reason they have indie divisions at their companies.
Let’s be honest, when it comes to what an indie game is, there’s less of a precise definition than a vague consensus. Gamers are often willing to overlook things like the game being picked up by a major publisher if the game fits the general feel of what an indie game should be.
There is a bit of a line, however. And it appears EA may have found and crossed it.
Currently there is an EA Indie Bundle available on Steam. It contains six pretty popular titles including Shank, Shank 2, Deathspank, Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue, Warp and Gatling Gears. The bundle is currently available for $20.98 or 70 percent off of the total price for the games.
Honestly, it’s a good deal and they’re solid games. But, if you’re debating “indie-ness”, throwing a big EA logo on the bundle name kind of detracts from that. Nothing says corporate more than naming something after a corporation.
It’s also a bit of a blow to the indie community when they see an indie bundle by a company many feel isposter child for what’s wrong with the industry.
One response to the bundle came from Marcus “Notch” Persson, creator of Minecraft.
In a series of tweets Notch berated EA for the bundle.
“EA releases an ‘indie bundle’? That’s not how it works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards,” was his initial response, “Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it.”