The Humble Indie Bundle, for those not aware is a collection of games by independent developers available at whatever price you choose! The latest bundle, Frozen Synapse is by far the most successful.
The platform sales-split looks alot like the last bundle, with Microsoft Windows bringing in 2/3rds of all sales while the remaining third belonged equally to Mac and Linux. Also like before, Linux users paid the highest overall price for the package averaging $9.61 per customer. Compare that the average Windows purchase of $4.13 and you can make a very compelling argument to mainstream publishers. Thus far, 231,799 copies have been purchased.
So, if this proves that Linux users are prepared to pay for games, where are they? In a windows world where piracy runs amok, publishers should seek shelter with the Linux platform instead of ignoring it altoghter. Of course we all know why there really aren’t any games in Linux… They aren’t made to comply with the most basic of standards, plain ‘ol OpenGL. If developers weren’t trapped by DirectX, It would be easy to develop for any platform.
So here’s to you Humble Bundle! Proving that Linux users are willing to spend money is hard to do and certainly isn’t a trending topic on Wall-Street, but you have done it. Now, who’s paying attention?