Cards Against Humanity Just Gave 150,000 Fans a Very Unusual Gift

December 18, 2015, 5:08 PM UTC
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Eli Halpern, from left, co-founder Max Temkin, Dave Pinsof and Eliot Weinstein of Cards Against Humanity LLC., pose with their popular game, Cards Against Humanity at Gen Con, one of the world's largest gaming conventions at Indianapolis, Indiana, August 15, 2013. The game was created by a group of Highland Park High School alumni. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
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If you’ve ever played Cards Against Humanity, you’ll know that the subject matter in the game is very much “not safe for work.”

Now the company is making sure that the Chinese factory workers who make the game won’t have to work at all, at least for a week. As part of the company’s “8 sensible gifts for Hanukkah” campaign—in which fans pay $15 to receive eight mystery gifts—the company bought a week of paid vacation for the laborers who make the bawdy game possible.

In a blog post on the company’s website, the folks at Cards Against Humanity explained their decision:

Our printer in China has grown with us from a small business to a huge operation, and it’s important to us to go above and beyond our obligation to the workers who make our game. While our factory provides excellent wages and working conditions, Chinese working conditions are generally more strict. This year, we used the money from one day of our holiday promotion to give our workers something very uncommon in China: a paid vacation.

The printer didn’t have any formal procedures for paid vacations, so we bought 100% of the factory’s capacity and paid them to produce nothing for a week, giving the people who make Cards Against Humanity an unexpected chance to visit family or do whatever they pleased.

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