Awesome Games Done Quick raises a record $3.5 million for charity

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Awesome Games Done Quick is now a welcome fixture on the gaming calendar, allowing us all to emerge bleary eyed into the new year while watching folk somehow complete Sekiro blindfolded (opens in new tab). The event is one of two organised by Games Done Quick, with Summer Games Done Quick held in June or July.

The Games Done Quick Twitter account has announced that the 2022 instalment of AGDQ raised a whopping $3,431,680 (opens in new tab) for Prevent Cancer, an organisation dedicated to prevention and early detection of the disease. This makes it by some distance the most money one of these events has raised so far (further donations have been made subsequent to the below tweet's total figure).

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The amount was reached through just under 50,000 individual donations, and is all the more impressive because AGDQ has since 2020 been organising these formerly in-person events as online-only showcases. The donor page (opens in new tab) shows that the maximum individual donation received was a whopping $236,657 while the average donation was $69.34.

The first one of these events was held in 2010, and these days they're all managed by Games Done Quick and retain a laser focus on highlighting amazing elements of the speedrunning community. The players volunteer their time and play live as quickly as they can, almost always in pursuit of a world record, explaining as they go while viewers donate. As well as the two flagship events, Games Done Quick (opens in new tab) runs regular speedrunning streams throughout the year.

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To put this in more context, last year's AGDQ raised around $2.7 million (opens in new tab), also for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that focuses on saving lives via cancer prevention and early detection. To learn more about the Prevent Cancer Foundation, visit preventcancer.org (opens in new tab).

Rich is a games journalist with 15 years' experience, beginning his career on Edge magazine before working for a wide range of outlets, including Ars Technica, Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, Gamespot, the Guardian, IGN, the New Statesman, Polygon, and Vice. He was the editor of Kotaku UK, the UK arm of Kotaku, for three years before joining PC Gamer. He is the author of a Brief History of Video Games, a full history of the medium, which the Midwest Book Review described as "[a] must-read for serious minded game historians and curious video game connoisseurs alike."