Summer Games Done Quick Goes All-Online Due to COVID-19

Summer Games Done Quick Goes All-Online Due to COVID-19

The charity speedrunning event is sticking to its dates in August, though.

It won't be long before we can all unite around another Games Done Quick speedrunning event, but the next one will be an all-online show. Today, Games Done Quick announced that this year's Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) is going online instead of having an on-site hub in Bloomington, MN, but it will stick to its previously announced dates: August 16 through 23.

This change in format comes after SGDQ 2020's week-long marathon was postponed back in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the virus still posing extraordinary risks to public health, we're likely to see more events in the summer and early fall either reworked as online gatherings or postponed to a later date.

Games Done Quick's other immediate response to the pandemic was to host Corona Relief Done Quick, a shorter speedrunning marathon held in April. Raising money for Direct Relief, the Corona Relief Done Quick stream tallied just over $400,000 in donations.

As always, SGDQ 2020 will raise money for Doctors Without Borders. Last summer's marathon was the first in Games Done Quick history to break $3 million in donations. Then, back in January, Games Done Quick then outdid its own record again by collecting over $3.13 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation through Awesome Games Done Quick 2020.

If you're a speedrunner who is interested in participating in the marathon, there's still time to get involved. At Games Done Quick's official website, the organization will reopen submissions for up to five runs per speedrunner between June 6 and 17. Now that people won't need to travel in order to be part of the event, hopefully we'll be meeting some new favorite speedrunners at this year's SGDQ—a small silver lining that could help the marathons thrive and keep on giving for years to come.

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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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