For anyone unaware this week marks the 7th year of an event called Summer Games Done Quick. If you do not know what this event stands for you should. It is an incredible one week long marathon of video games which gathers people from around the world. What makes it interesting however is that it is not your typical gaming event. During this week players come and compete to beat the previously held world records for the title of their choosing. They do this by competing in something called “speedrunning” where they attempt to complete the game as quick as possible. All the meanwhile during these speedruns donations are brought in on a live tracking ticker which benefits a charity. This year the charity that is being sponsored is Doctors Without Borders and so far through just two days there has already been over $200,000 raised! Doctors Without Borders is not the only charity they sponsor. Other past charities they have sponsored include: CARE, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the Organization for Autism Research.
How is the money raised you asked? Well, during this event viewers tune in from around the world and cheer on competitors as they take on various prominent titles such as: Metroid Prime, Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask along with many other games. In addition to the viewership there are companies which choose to participate in the event and provide means for donations through various avenues too. Companies which are participating this year include: Humble Bundle, The Yetee, Bandai Namco Entertainment and Corsair.
As for the origins of Summer Games Done Quick it is an event based off of its predecessor called Awesome Games Done Quick, or AGDQ for short. Both events are run entirely off of volunteer players and between both events the Games Done Quick charity occurs bi-annually. It runs non-stop from the moment the event begins until the closing finale a week later. This year’s Summer Games Done Quick is running from July 2nd to July 9th.