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One of the companies behind The Humble Indie Bundle, Wolfire Games reports that GNU/Linux users contribute twice as much as Windows users !
This is not the first time the GNU/Linux gamers prove that they are excellent customers, a while ago I posted that when 2dboy the developers of World Of Goo which BTW is also a part of the Humble Indie Bundle, made the birthday sales week, GNU/Linux users chose to pay more the the Mac and Windows users.
Koen Witters from Koonsolo the developer of Mystic Mine which I reviewed and interviewed several months ago, also reported that GNU/Linux users buy games, even more then the Windows and MacOS users considering the smaller market share of our beloved OS.

Please keep in mind that The Humble Indie Bundle is not over, and there are 4 days left !

Here is the post from Wolfire Games :

GNU/Linux users contribute twice as much as Windows users
By Jeff on May 7th, 2010

We’ve always advocated cross-platform development — in fact, last year, we wrote a post explaining why you should support Mac OS X and Linux. When organizing the Humble Indie Bundle, we decided to put our money where our mouth is and only select games that support all three major desktop platforms: Mac, Windows, and Linux.

At the moment, we have about 53,500 donations — far more than we expected! But where did they come from? Our breakdown for number of donations per platform is: 65% Windows, 21% Mac, and 14% Linux. However, when we look at the amount donated per platform, we see something different. Our breakdown for total donation size per platform is 52% Windows, 25% Mac, and 23% Linux. Here are these results in pie chart form:

This could only be explained if Mac and Linux users are making much higher contributions than Windows users. So far, the average Mac user is donating 40% more, and the average Linux user is donating 100% more! Here is a bar graph showing the different average donation amounts:

If you’d like to see real-time updates to the average donation per platform, I’ve modified the stats section of the bundle page. Click here to check it out. These averages have stayed rock solid for the last three days, but now that they are visible on the site, it will be interesting to see if they change!

Links
The Humble Indie Bundle
Wolfire Games
GNU/Linux users contribute twice as much as Windows users !
GNU/Linux Users Pay and Buy More !
2dboy
World Of Goo
GNU/Linux users chose to pay more the the Mac and Windows users
GNU/Linux users show their love for indie game – By Koonsolo

As you might heard 2dboy , the company (of 2 people) behind the indie game World-Of-Goo (WOG) made a birthday sales week, which was extended to 13 days.
During the birthday sales users could pay for WOG from 0.1$ to how they valued the game and the company.
GNU/Linux desktop users which hold the market share of about 1% (according to some sources, I personally doubt this number ) accounted for 17% of all sales ! this is 14,152 people (of the overall 83,250) ! truly amazing number.

As Koen Witters from Koonsolo said on our interview and published on his website (after the insightful discovery) – “Linux users are the most eager to buy an indie game”
He was indeed right about it.

But there is more…
GNU/Linux users are also eager to pay more then any other platform !
On this birthday sales day the GNU/Linux users chose to pay $3.45 for the game while the Mac user payed $2.52 and the Windows users payed only $1.95.
Those are off course average numbers, some chose to pay $0.1 and some even $150 !

So this proves once more, if developers support us by making a GNU/Linux client, then we will surly support them and make it worth for them to develop more games for GNU/Linux.