The Humble Choice membership service is no longer available to Mac and Linux users

In terms of PC gaming, if you don’t use Windows, you’re still receiving the short end of the stick. While macOS and Linux have gained considerably more access to popular game titles in recent years, only a small percentage of new games are released on more than one PC platform. Humble, the company behind the Humble Bundle and the Humble Choice subscription programme, isn’t helping matters. The service’s support for Mac and Linux systems will be phased off in the near future.

It’s a little tricky. As you can see, the Humble Choice service is transitioning from a multi-tiered model to a single 11.99-per-month option. (As Ars Technica points out, this is significantly less options than the service as it now stands.) As part of this transition, Humble has created a new launcher application that allows users to access the “Vault” of 50+ older games and newer independent titles in the Humble Games Collection. However, the launcher will only be available for Windows when the service is updated on February 1st. Existing Humble Choice customers have been informed unequivocally that Mac and Linux are not welcome to the party.

Subscribers may download DRM-free versions of any Humble Trove titles that are available on Mac and Linux straight from the Humble website until February 1st. Following the deadline, several of these titles will only be accessible to members via the Windows-only launcher, leaving Mac and Linux players in the cold.

On social media sites such as Reddit, the response to news of the Windows-only option has been nearly entirely negative. Users on the Humble Bundles subreddit are complaining that the new subscription will lack web downloads, have less generous discounts on straight Humble Store purchases (which will reset to the bottom 10% tier if you “skip” a month), keys that sometimes go to Epic, Origin, and GOG instead of Steam, and a general decline in the quality of curated Humble titles.

Some Humble supporters blame the company’s 2017 purchase by online gaming media behemoth IGN (owned by Ziff Davis) for the change in approach. It’s worth noting that the service’s famed Humble Bundle sales have continued to include at least some titles that are compatible with both macOS and Linux.

Michael is a former graphic designer who has spent more time than he likes to admit constructing and customising desktop PCs. In no particular order, his passions include folk music, sports, science fiction, and salsa verde.