Summer Games Done Quick breaks its record with $2.1million raised
- The week-long video game speedrunning event raised millions for charity
- It’s the first SGDQ to break the $2million mark and was close to its overall record
- The best SGDQ speedruns included Celeste, Super Mario Maker and Cuphead
Summer Games Done Quick 2018 provided hundreds of thousands of viewers with an incredibly entertaining week but more importantly, raised an unbelievable amount for charity.
It was the most successful SGDQ ever, raising $2,122,529.20 (approx. £1.6million) for Doctors Without Borders – a charity who provide medical relief to underdeveloped countries.
The week-long event livestreams video games speedruns for 24 hours every day as viewers donate to meet certain incentives or purely to show their support.
This year’s SGDQ entertained thousands but more importantly raised a record-breaking $2.1m
The Summer version of the event had never broken broken the $2m until this year and even came close to the prior events all time record of $2,295,191 (approx. £1.7m).
This was also the second GDQ event to raise over $1m in a single day as the fundraising pot sat at $1.2m (£913k) on Saturday evening. The grand total of smashed last year’s total of $1.7m by almost $500k.
There’s been a lot of talk recently of the negative side to video games, with moral panics over addiction and violence. What you don’t hear enough about, is the good that can come from video games.
The laughter, entertainment and the strong-bond of a tightly-knit yet massive community of gamers coming together for a good cause is what gaming is really all about. GDQ is a wonderful event and you can still support them by donating here or watching the videos of some of the event’s best runs below:
Celeste Race by TGH v yoshipro in 36:26
Super Mario Maker 3v3 Blind Level Team Race
Cuphead by TheMexicanRunner in 50:14
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