Awesome Games Done Quick Shatters Fundraising Record at Its 10th Anniversary Event

Awesome Games Done Quick Shatters Fundraising Record at Its 10th Anniversary Event

The event raised over $3.13 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

After a week of thrilling speedruns, Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2020 came to a close in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The end-of-stream donation tally for the event, which also celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, is a record $3.13 million raised for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Runner Oatsngoats capped off the 7-day marathon with a run of the Super Metroid Impossible ROM Hack, during which AGDQ crossed the $3 million threshold just past midnight (it was almost perfectly timed to Kraid's demise, but alas). Even now, the donation tracker is still ticking up gradually. Last June, Summer Games Done Quick 2019 became the first GDQ event to raise over $3 million, benefitting Doctors Without Borders. In total, GDQ events have brought in over $25 million for charity over the last decade.

GDQ has come a long way since its first marathon in 2010, which only lasted for three days and was held in a participant's home. The official video recap for AGDQ 2020 starts with clips from the early days of the event, boiling down both the last week of amazing runs and a whole decade of charitable goodwill into a reel that may or may not have brought a tear to this writer's eye.

We'll roundup some of the best speedruns from AGDQ 2020 once the event's organizers have had some time to upload more clips to the official GDQ YouTube channel. Last week we highlighted two must-see moments from this year's event: the masterful prank that a BioShock runner pulled on the event and the physical props that Fallout 4 runner TomatoAngus used to explain a certain glitch.

If you're in the mood for more speedrun goodness now, you can check out our top picks from the AGDQ 2020 schedule and review the marathon's unedited Twitch archives, or check out our favorite runs from SGDQ 2019 right here. The next GDQ event, SGDQ 2020, will be held from June 21–28.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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