Speedrunners Raise $1.7 Million for Charity

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This year’s Summer Games Done Quick came to a close on Sunday night, and needless to say it was a massive success.

The biannual video game event for charity raised a whopping $1,776,510.79 from 30,068 donors for Doctors Without Borders, the international humanitarian NGO which provides emergency medical assistance to people in crisis stricken countries around the world.

This is the second Games Done Quick speedrunning charity event to take place this year; sister event Awesome Games Done Quick managed to raise an incredible $2,222,791 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in January.

A speedrun is, per Wikipedia, a:

‘play-through (or a recording thereof) of a video game performed with the intention of completing it as fast as possible within one’s own ability.’

The very first website for keeping track of speedruns was launched all the way back in 1994 and in the years since a large and dedicated speedrunning community has sprung up around the world.

The Games Done Quick events are week-long speedrunning marathons and feature the world’s best speedrunners attempting to beat personal and world records for some of the most popular (and unpopular) video games ever made.

The events are broadcast live on the streaming video platform Twitch and watched by thousands of viewers around the world and it is these viewers and their donations that have led to Games Done Quick’s success as a charity

The events always come up with incentives to encourage viewers to donate such as choosing the name of the speedrunning character or tasking the speedrunner with attempting set challenges.

Games Done Quick has raised over $12 million across seventeen marathons since the inaugural event in 2010, and it’s likely to continue to grow in terms of popularity and charitable donations.

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