Over the past week, Itch.io's massive indie bundle for Palestinian Aid (opens in new tab) has offered over a thousand games for $5 in support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's (opens in new tab) efforts in Gaza. On Saturday, the bundle wrapped up having earned a staggering $902,365.51.
Organised in the wake of renewed Israeli airstrikes against Gaza (opens in new tab), the Palestinian Aid bundle followed in the footsteps of last year's Bundle For Racial Justice (opens in new tab)—an attempt to organise indie developers for charitable causes. That collection raised a whopping $8.5 million in support of legal defence funds in the US, but also ran for significantly longer than the Palestinian Aid bundle's week-long fundraiser.
The bundle was centred around Liyla and the Shadows of War (opens in new tab), a game by Palestinian developer Rasheed Abueideh that explored his own relationship to the conflict. In Rasheed's word's: "It's Not Just a Game, It's a case and call for help".
But the bundle also included literally hundreds of indie games, ttrpg's, experiments and otherwise—including big hits like Celeste, Baba is You and Minit, but also esoteric walking simulators (opens in new tab) and extremely cool text editors. (opens in new tab)
"Thank you so much, this was a huge group effort," bundle organiser Alanna Linayre tweeted on Saturday (opens in new tab). "Special thanks to Rasheed Abueideh, Spencer Hayes, Leaf Corcoran, Rami Ismail, all the moderators, everyone who donated and volunteered, Zhenia Zankov for the art asset, and everyone who supported, bought, and retweeted the bundle."
Ex-Vlambeer developer Rami Ismail (opens in new tab) added: "This won't bring back anyone or anything, it won't stop future violence against Palestine, but it will help folks survive & rebuild right now. It will make a difference."