The latest Games Done Quick event concluded this last weekend. Despite the speedrunning being moved online due to the current global health climate, the event still managed to raise $2.3 million for Doctors Without Borders.
Closing with a Pokemon Shield speedrun, that met the initiative for both completing the Isle of Armor DLC and capturing a Wailord, the online-only event still managed to raise millions for charity as it's done in the past. According to a press release, the GDQ Twitch channel accrued more than 107,500 peak concurrent viewers.
This year's summer speedrunning festival went fully online due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and keeping everyone healthy. Taking the speedruns online seemed like it would be a unique challenge, but GDQ not only had a stellar lineup of runs and runners, but managed to do it all with few major technical hitches.
In some cases, it seemed almost beneficial to have the event online. Runs that would be challenging to host in GDQ's usual hotel ballroom set-up could find a place in an online GDQ, where the runners were allowed a familiar environment. Some standouts of the week that made use of this include the above Pump It Up! exhibition, as well as the absolutely wild Half-Life: Alyx speedrun, which involves some real aerobics. Seems like VR speedrunning is pretty good for your core.
Games Done Quick has two more events on the schedule right now. Fleet Fatales, an event hosted with Frame Fatales, is scheduled for Nov. 15 through 21, while the next Awesome Games Done Quick is set for Jan. 3 through 10 in 2021.