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Summer Games Done Quick 2019 smashes GDQ fundraising record

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Week-long speedrunning marathon Summer Games Done Quick 2019 (opens in new tab) has drawn to a close after raising a staggering $3 million for charity Doctors Without Borders—nearly $900,000 more than it pulled in last year.

More than 2,600 people attended in person in Minneapolis, MN, and at its peak more than 156,000 were watching the event on Twitch. It's been heartening to see the stream, usually of an obscure game, lingering at the top of Twitch for the past seven days.

If you missed a run you wanted to catch, all the videos are available on the Games Done Quick YouTube channel (opens in new tab). Check the schedule here (opens in new tab) to see how far back you have to scroll for a specific run.

The grand total raised so far is $3,005,228, and you can still donate here (opens in new tab). Last year, the event raised just under $2.2 million (opens in new tab), which was a record at the time, and the largest Games Done Quick fundraise before this was the $2.425 million raised at Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 (opens in new tab) in January. 

The next GDQ event is Games Done Quick Express in September at TwitchCon, and then it's onto Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 in January, which will mark the organization's 10-year anniversary.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.