Awesome Games Done Quick sets new records after raising over $2 million for cancer

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Awesome Games Done Quick breaks fundraising records

Games Done Quick only happens twice a year, but every time the week-long event kicks off I’m hooked. It’s primarily fun to watch runners from all over break, bash and otherwise dominate a wide assortment of games, from modern titles such as Dark Souls 3 down to age-old gems like Ducktales, The Land Before Time and more. It’s a charity event first and foremost though, and this year’s first event didn’t disappoint.

In fact, it set records, with Awesome Games Done Quick being the first event in the history of the weeklong speedruns to break the $2 million mark. At time of writing, the total tally sits at a staggering $2,215,773.30, all of which is going to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. A whole $1 million was collected on the last day alone, with some of the biggest single donations ringing in at around $40 000. Previously Games Done Quick has always hit $1 million (ever since 2014), but this marks a new high for the event.

The jubilation in the room when the counter rolls over brings a tear to my eye.

The live event is over, but every single run has been archived and saved for prosperity over on the event’s YouTube page. This past week had some truly notable runs, particularly the Shovel Knight race which never let up on tension, and right down to the Undertale run that closed everything out. There’s something there for everyone, and it’s an easy way to get acquainted for the next time this world of speed running rolls around later this year.

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It warms my heart to see so many people come together and use videogames as a driver for some of the most selfless, important work this world could ask for. It’s why Games Done Quick has been a must watch for me over the past years, and I look forward to them breaking that $3 million ceiling very soon.

Last Updated: January 16, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

  • HvR

    Hanging around here waiting for the day to end, but never comes …. the end never comes!!!

    #no_more_ion

  • Admiral Chief

    Nice!

  • PurplePariah

    Where are the “games cause violence” asshats now? Warms my heart too, and man what a great event this year was.

  • Captain JJ

    Excellent. But I thought gamers were heartless violent sociopaths.

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