The speedrunning marathon known as Games Done Quick was first launched in 2010, and includes two main annual events: Awesome Games Done Quick and Summer Games Done Quick.
The charity competitions, during which video games are played at dazzling speeds, are broadcast in real-time on Twitch, an online platform run by an Amazon subsidiary.
Ever since their debut 6 years ago, the games have raised around $6.7 million, destined for non-profit organizations such as Doctors without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
This year’s event, held between January 3 and January 10, featured gripping and addictive speedruns, such as Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!! blindfolded boxing video game competition, the hilarious Animorphs race, the hard level race of Super Mario Maker, the Super Metroid Reverse Boss Order Tool Assisted Speed Run or Super Mario Bros. 3 being completed in just 11:49 minutes.
There were retro games such as Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda, and also more recent releases, such as Bloodborne for Playstation 4, or Splatoon for WiiU.
The 2016 marathon was just as popular and successful as its prior editions, the vast majority of the runs benefiting from viewership of up to 100,000 people, every step of the way. Even video games that were played during the night attracted around 80,000 active viewers at any given moment.
The greatest audience was recorded during the Super Mario Maker Race and the Tool-Assisted Speedrun block, when a staggering number of 200,000 individuals tuned to Twitch.
This shows that what was initially conceived as a niche contest for video game aficionados now has much wider, mainstream appeal.
Those who also took the time to support the Prevent Cancer Foundation while relishing in the video game extravaganza pledged around $40 for this charity, while the most significant sum of money contributed by an individual donor was of $18,255
Although donations that have been collected during this event weren’t as significant as the ones from 2015, when a sum of $1.57 million was amassed, the achievement is still considered important, especially when taking into account that last year’s efforts were aided by Humble Bundle discounted video game sales amounting to $200,000.
Even so, event organizers such as Mike Uyama have decided that more efforts should be taken for the Games Done Quick upcoming editions, in order to ensure that participants and interested members of the public are more adequately informed regarding the steps they can take so as to raise money for charity.
Those wishing to take part in a speedrunning marathon, either as players, guests, supporters or viewers should know that the following competition will be the Summer Games Done Quick 2016, scheduled to take place between July 3 and July 9, in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The future beneficiary of that upcoming event is yet to be announced.
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