Awesome Games Done Quick 2022, which concluded on Sunday, has raised $3.4 million, the biggest total for any Games Done Quick event.
Sure, it’s less than Logan Paul allegedly spent on Pokemon cards, but the difference is it has the potential to do an awful lot of good. The money will be going to Prevent Cancer Foundation, an organisation “solely dedicated to cancer prevention and early detection”.
Awesome Games Done Quick is one of several major events put on by the Games Done Quick organisation and was broadcast over Twitch. As the name suggests, these events are all about speedrunning various games, with viewers donating money as they go.
Sure, if you like to embrace everything a game has to offer, the idea of belting through might seem daft. But speedrunning is a real art form and, when you’ve seen it in action, it’s hard to not to be impressed. Watching someone suddenly launch themselves above the scenery or bypass an entire chunk of a game is quite something. This year, Awesome Games Done Quick not only beat the event’s previous funding record, the participants smashed three speedrunning world records:
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits by InsertLogic (28:35)
- Pumpkin Jack by Jaxler (44:18)
- Webbed by Shadowthepast (17:21)
The event – which ran from January 9th to January 16th can be rewatched on Games Done Quick’s YouTube channel, helpfully chunked into individual games.
The next big event is the all-female Frost Fatales, which is set to take place from February 27th to March 5th on Games Done Quick’s Twitch channel. You can check out the schedule here, which promises speedruns of Resident Evil 2 Remake, Zelda II, Ducktales: Remastered and many more.