May 27, 2010 10:36 AM | Michael Rose
If you've been following the Give-Whatever-You-Want Indie Bundle saga over the last couple of days, you'll know it all became a bit of a mess. This morning the bundle site was taken down due to "technical problems".
After the Child's Play charity was removed from the site, I decided to do a bit of digging and contacted all the other charities involved. Kinderkrebsstiftung got back to me stating that "we were rather astonished to see our logo on the website 'givewhateveryouwant.com'. We weren't informed about that."
Rebecca Jeschke from the Electronic Frontier Foundation then told me: "We recently received an email that we would be a beneficiary on this site. We haven't answered the email yet, or had any further contact or agreement. We've read your coverage of this issue, and the concerns raised there, so we're looking into this further."
Hence, it would appear certain charities were contacted, but nothing formal was actually arranged. I was also discussing it all with Jaz McDougall at PC Gamer, and he decided to get straight answers from the individual behind it all - there's a lengthy interview here that's definitely worth reading.
It's a sad state of affairs, and hopefully what has happened here will make other developers a bit more wary when diving into this kind of thing. We still want more indie bundles though, please!