Another Successful Games Done Quick Event
One of the most popular genres of gaming entertainment today is speed running, and anyone familiar with the speed running community knows about the annual Awesome Games Done Quick event, or AGDQ for short. This year’s AGDQ2021 took place over this past week from January 3 – 10. However, the event doesn’t just serve as a fun way to show off a ton of awesome speed runs, but it also serves as a fundraiser with a different charity being chosen each time. This year the event raised funds for The Prevent Cancer Foundation, a US-based charity focusing on preventing cancer, early detention, and awareness. Now, that the event is over the final total is in and they raised *drum roll* $2,758,847!
The total was announced on the event’s Twitter page late last night after the stream ended.
We hope that you had a wonderful time watching all of the runs and talented runners, and want to say thank you to everyone involved in the event, everyone who donated, and of course, all of you for being here with us! pic.twitter.com/nBShMysTxR
— Games Done Quick (@GamesDoneQuick) January 10, 2021
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is celebrating 35 years as the only U.S. nonprofit organization focused solely on saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. Through research, education, outreach and advocacy, they have helped countless people avoid a cancer diagnosis or detect their cancer early enough to be successfully treated.
The event started with Mirror’s Edge on PC which was completed in 42 minutes, it was followed by Donkey Kong Country, Just Cause 3, and Ratchet & Clank (2016). Other games played over the weekend include Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Hades, Cuphead, Pokemon Platinum, Luigi’s Mansion, Final Fantasy VII, Super Mario Sunshine, Celeste, and more. Speedrunners from across the world played over 100 games throughout the weeklong event.
The event raised $2,758,847 making it the second highest total for an Awesome Games Done Quick, only being beat by last year’s total of $3,164,002. Collectively, Games Done Quick has raised over $25.7 million dollars across its 25 marathons.