Due to ‘overambitious expansion’
Looks like trouble is brewing over at Humble Bundle. The bundle and game store site has had to let go up to 20% of its staff due to “too ambitious expansion.”
Talking to Polygon, anonymous sources claim that the job losses happened at the end of last week, with 12 people being cut loose. This was confirmed in an email Polygon received by Humble’s co-founder John Graham:
Unfortunately, last week Humble Bundle was forced to let go of some of our employees. Despite strong revenue, and our community surpassing $65 million raised for charity to date, our past hiring was too ambitious and we had to make a hard call last week.
The main Humble Bundles haven’t been selling as well as they used to. The last main numbered Humble Indie Bundle to get more than 200,000 sales was the Humble Indie Bundle 12 in September 2014. The current one (#15) appears to be the lowest selling out of all of them, currently sat at roughly 140,000 sales. This is a bit of a step down from Humble Indie Bundle 9, which got over 700,000 sales.
However, if you take into account that there are weekly bundles, book bundles, a game store, and now a subscription service — not to mention how many bundle sites have popped up over the years to compete — things aren’t looking totally bad for Humble at the moment.
Just bad enough to cost 12 people their jobs, unfortunately.