Speedrunners have done it again, as Games Done Quick raised $1.2m for cancer prevention efforts after a weeklong marathon of classic games and impressive displays. The event has drawn the attention of the gaming community for 5 years, and they’re now reaching incredible heights. It’s entertaining and all for charity.
Speedruns have turned into a phenomenon in the past couple of years. Essentially, a speedrun is the fastest, most efficient way of completing a game or a level, without allowing yourself to get distracted. These can range from titles such as ‘Half-Life’ to ‘Elder Scrolls: Skyrim’ to ‘Super Mario’.
Since almost the beginning, Games Done Quick has featured two events each year for the purpose of showcasing spectacular speedruns in the name of acquiring donations. One is often held in the middle of the year, called the Summer Games Done Quick, where the funds go to Doctors Without Borders or the Organization for Autism Research.
The second is organized at the beginning of the year and is called Awesome Games Done Quick, with all donations forwarded to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. It’s a beautiful cause that engages the gaming community in charity, offering viewers entertainment and players a chance to display their talent. And it has come a long way. The first Games Done Quick event in 2010 raised just over $10,500, but the edition peaked in January, 2015, at $1.5 million.
This year’s Awesome Games Done Quick fared a little worse than their record. The event was held between January 3rd and January 10th, 2016. In total, they managed to raise over $1.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a generous sum that has been gathered from the donation of viewers, attendees, players, and other sponsors. The event’s organizer, Mike Uyama, stated that he’s thrilled about the achievement, even if it hadn’t shattered their own record.
According to Uyama, last year, they had the gracious generation of $200,000 from Humble Bundle, which helped them reach the impressive sum. This year’s edition was without Humble Bundle, so it makes sense that the total donation will be smaller. It shows that the public interest is still high. In total, they saw to 23,000 donations, with the highest reaching over $18,000, and the average at a steady $40.
The event’s livestream often reached 150,000 concurrent viewers, averaging at 200,000 for popular games, and peaking at 220,000 for the Super Mario Maker speedrun. They saw players of impressive skills running a total of 156 speedruns, among which a majority were races between gamers. There were fun displays, and a few choice performances that dropped jaws.
Likely the most notable display of skill was Stian “Staiain” Kristensen at ‘StepMania’. The game is basically a ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ for the fingers, or an insane, less flashy ‘Rock Band’ run. The Norwegian gamer managed to hit 30 notes per second during his impressive run.
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