I don't know them, but usually such things (humble bundle...) is bad news.

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It's not like Focus has had an amazing track record on their own.

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How so?

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Their published titles were never anything amazing. Fanatical bundles are passable at best (Bundle Stars was better) and the storefront is nothing special.

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I did not either, not until I read about their business ventures (which are all over the place), but I'll second docofjournalism here, especially with all the rebundlefests in recent years.

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I agree with Lugum.

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Maybe you know Wikia, their former name? I used it a lot when trying to find trivia of shows/movies.

I had no idea they had this kind of money though.

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This part is a bit worrisome, at least to me:

"PRIVACY POLICY UPDATES
As a result of the announcement, nothing in our Privacy Policy has changed. But we wanted to let you know that we have updated it recently to incorporate the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as well as the invalidation of Privacy Shield in the US."

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Nope, doesn't ring a bell either, but i am not much into trivia.

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same, I've seen and used many of those wikis specific for a certain movie/show/game/etc., but I always thought those were backed by the community not a big corporation.

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but I always thought those were backed by the community not a big corporation.

Almost every single product/service can be traced back to about a dozen corporations.

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Same here. I used Wikia a lot but I didn't know they had that much money to buy Fanatical

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"Fandom’s scale and audience size will allow Fanatical to grow and accelerate its plans to become one of the world’s best online retailers for digital entertainment products."

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Like HB and IGN? "we not gonna change anything" and few months later... BOOM changed & increased price of monthly by 75%
also never heard about some Fandom... they saying how popular they are with xxx milions users...
i expect the worst

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More mystery bundles, perhaps :D

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Mystery and rebundles of rebundles :D same games over and over only in different packages and names :)))
oh wait, they already doing it :|

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also never heard about some Fandom... they saying how popular they are with xxx milions users...

Are you telling me that you've never used their wikis (not even game related ones?) before? They also own Gamepedia. Pretty much all good game wikis are on at least one of those two wiki platforms.

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I've used the wikia's but I never knew they were owned by a company called Fandom. I just looked at the content I was looking for.

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Are you telling me that you've never used their wikis (not even game related ones?) before?

Nope, never :D i heard gamepedia but not used it ever afaik. Fandom literally never.

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BOOM changed & increased price of monthly by 75%

What? When did that happen? Pretty sure I paid the same amount from the beginning.

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I assume he's talking about the choice bundle tier system (Lite - 5$, Basic - 15$ and Premium - 20$). That's only for newcomers though, those of us who were subscribers before pay the same price under Classic tier.

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If u are "old" subscriber u pay still same. It was $12 for everyone, now its for new users 18 or 19... $6/7 extra per bundle is absurd by me

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you mean like almost everything else is not as cheap as it was when they started... your argument is absurd

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Oh no, fandom... (previously known as wikia).
Their terrible managment of their own site, doesn’t give me hope for other sites they’ll aquire.

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Uh oh. Well so long Fanatical. Not like you were doing great lately.
Time to activate those keys left over in my account.

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As long as they carry on operating as is then I'll keep buying but as soon as Fandom start sticking their nose in and thinking they know best it'll be a complete shitshow.

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Fanatical was mostly a disappointment for a good while now. Their store isn't very convenient to go through and the bundles are mostly unexciting and rebundles. I don't think it can get much worse, I do think it could get better.

Fandom owns both fandom wikia and gamepedia, two best wiki platforms for games. I assume they'd have good information on which games are getting a lot of attention and love, so they should be able to come up with better bundles. I'm going to stay positive for now and see what happens.

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Oh shit, the sky is falling (again)!

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Well there are 3 options: either we will get much better bundles or much worse bundles or nothing will change.

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Well, buying another business means they see a way to make money from it. So they will change it in favor of them earning more money.

So I would bet they will push all those damned mystery bundles even more, because they can unload 80% of unwanted keys with several good ones for the same price as a decent bundle that should have 80% good games for someone to get.
There is possibility they could try to rival Humble with better deals and try to become even more reputable store, but that's a long shot.

That is to say if they even care to keep bundles and are not only after the store.

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I suspect that Fanatical will be heavily advertised across Wikia platforms now.

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"I see you've been browsing the "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?" wikia! Can I interest you in an anime bundle we have on sale now? :D
"Oh! I see you're enjoying the information of this Marvel Superheroes page. Do you know we have a bundle of Marvel Comics on sale now!" XD

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i guess its time to find a new bundle website

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From what i read from the article u linked. The main difference i see is Fanatical not being a UK company anymore since the investment is coming from US.

They mainly deal with USD for all countries except EU, I dont see a difference in their dealings. If their bundles get worst like Indiegala, it just means less revenue for them. Maybe an end to the bundle era too. I've stopped purchasing bundles even if there's 1 or 2 games that looks interesting as i amassed quite a backlog and at the pace i am going, its going to take a loooong time >_<;

Hopefully, its a good change for them and they may somehow compete with Humble with similar bundles like Humble Choice. Although that might end up being a dilemma of choice for us consumer. hahaha XD
Cheers~

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Disappointing. Fandom is a badly managed company that always puts themselves above users. Wouldn't be surprised if Fanatical's time is limited, but apparently that ad revenue isn't so bad after all. Fanatical is my #2 Steam game site after Humble (just based on discounts and selection) and it would be nice if that doesn't drop.

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Fanatical needed a change anyway. Just looking at their last bundle fest makes me sad.
Here is hoping that they will do like HB, less in quantity and more in quality bundles.

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Ah, but is it Fanatical's fault or game developers?

I get a general sense that a lot of developers are souring on the "bundle" concept, as it just leads to their keys being resold on the grey market. If developers are becoming reluctant to enter into bundling agreements, then that leads to the situation we're seeing now where most bundles are repeats of the same titles.

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Completely agree. It's like some people expected the "golden age" of bundles to last forever, after the mid-2010s saw an ovrinflation of them (remember the time Humble released 7 game bundles a month?)

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I am not expecting that at all :p (my backlog is already too big), but in a so called "bundle fest" i did expect one bundle that would catch my eye. I discovered plenty of nice games thanks to Fanatical, they had bundles with games i didn't see in any other bundle sites but sadly that is over (i would love another bento bundle).

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Sorry if the comment felt directed at you! I was just responding to Lokiator and didn't even take yours into account. I rather had in mind some other people who can get really pedantic at times.

The best they've got currently are some games that usually make their debut in Pick-N-Mix bundles (Iconoclasts, Blazing Chrome, Creature In The Well) but they are few and far between. Lately Humble wins and not even for trying hard, and mostly for the Choice anyway.
In fact, the bigger anticipation now is if the money Fandom apparently wants to put on the table will bring more fresh stuff; if Fanatical was given the resources to stand up to Humble things may get interesting.

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For me it is Fanatical, if HB can do it i don't see why Fanatical couldn't. I get that it is harder than before to make deals with devs (i would be really reluctant myself if i was a dev) but i am sure it is still very possible.

Fanatical just choose the wrong method with their mystery bundles and all the repeats. I say get ride of that cheap crap and make one or two great bundles per month instead of 10 very bad/average repeats. Fanatical is just not doing any efforts.

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It's really not like Humble are doing that great in quality department either. Granted - I have bought several of Choice bundles recently and liked them myself. But the general feeling still is that quality is going downhill. They are doing less and less regular bundles and when they do those are repeats or there is 1 game per tier which isn't that inviting. (Also they are trying desperately to get people to subscribe, they have almost entirely sacked the concept of tiers and classic subs and just give everything to everyone for 12$ .. They are throwing discounts left and right.. 6$ for 6 months, 4$ off if you don't skip... It's quit clear they are not getting enough subscriptions to stay afloat. Meaning it's not just some spoiled SG users being grumpy.. they are having more bigger problems then just one community not being 100% happy with them)

As for fanatical - what makes you think mystery bundles are a wrong method ? It's the best method for making money. Promise that you can get AAA game in the bundle, give it to maybe 1 out of 10 purchases and you have received full price for that AAA game and unloaded hundreds of keys no one wants or would not have bought in a regular bundle. Ever read the threads where people post games they got ? Out of some 20-30 commenters there's maybe one person who actually received decent game. All the others get run of the mill "bundle" games that have been in bundles for some 4 years already. They just change the name and logo, and launch the same mystery bundle to go again. People like to gamble so they buy it again and again not realizing they have probably bought the "same" bundle for 10-20 times already. Even sadder - they probably realize every mystery bundle is exactly similar as the previous one, but the need to gamble is there.. you know - but what if I get metro exodus out of it ? ... For Fanatical (and now Fandom) that's just brilliant money earning scheme

If you are still not convinced - check all those scummy mystery boxes that are being advertised on facebook. They make a fake video with unboxing of the newest phone, headphones, some expensive keyboard and say "it's all for 20 bucks, wooow". Have some fake accounts comment "wow, thanks for the great gift, i got iPhone" .. and people being suckers for gambling get on the hype train, order thousands of mystery boxes/ packs/ bundles of stuff.. Receive some chinese cheap knockoffs picked up from aliexpress or alibaba. What they think ? "oh, well.. someone else got razer laptop.. I must just send another one" .... and the same moronic circle is repeated...

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Dunno? Maybe something happens, maybe nothing happens...

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Honestly Fanatical has been going downhill for a year or two for me. Most of the bundles are games with crappy reviews, plus the mystery bundles. I think I've bought one bundle from them in the last two years. As far as I'm concerned it can't get hugely worse, so this may actually be a good thing.

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I wonder what will happen, their 2 most recent bundles, 'build your own anime bundle' and 'guardian bundle' seem pretty good. (talking about fanatical, idk focus)

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