Games Done Quick has raised over $40 million. His last speedrun event was one of the biggest.

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The speedrun genre is populated by players who can experience 100-hour adventures in minutes. It turns out that these speedsters are also capable of fundraising at a rapid pace.

The last opus of Summer games done quickly (SGDQ) just ended, and it was one of the biggest events in Games Done Quick (GDQ) history. During a week of speedruns, gamers and their fans donated more than $3 million to support Doctors Without Borders. In total, GDQ raised over $40 million through 12 years of in-person and online gatherings.

Like many other IRL events, the SGDQ returned to its usual format in 2022. In 2020 and 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated digital-only procedures for the mid-year tradition. The speedrunning community celebrated its return to in-person entertainment in a memorable way. The sum of $3.01 million raised during the seven-day event is the fourth highest in GDQ history.

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The 2022 edition of Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), which went live last January, holds the organization’s record for the highest fundraising total. This gaming gala raised $3.4 million to support the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Given that two of GDQ’s 3 million weeks have taken place this year, it’s no exaggeration to suggest that speedrunning’s popularity is peaking right now.

In exchange for their contributions, participants and viewers of the SGDQ can modify the course of the races or adjust the names and physical characteristics of the player characters. Even though featured players have to agree to the terms dictated by these donations, they are still able to record some mind blowing completion times. I am particularly impressed that HYP3RSOMNIAC managed to beat Ring of Elden — a game renowned for its length and difficulty — in less than 34 minutes.

Although SGDQ returned to Bloomington, MN this year (it has been meeting in the Twin Cities area since 2015), it has reached a large following online. All of the races from the event are available on the GDQ YouTube channel, and the associated Twitch coverage has also drawn large viewership. A speedrun stream garnered nearly four million views during the event.

Now that SGDQ is complete, it’s time for the next event on the GDQ calendar: fatal flames. The female speedrun talent showcase is now in its second year, and it’s set to go live on August 21. Don’t expect the generosity of this proud community to dry up anytime soon: Last year, Flame Fatales grossed over $126,000. to support the Malala Fund.

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