Once again the speed-runners have earned a huge cheque for charity, with Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 earning over a million dollars.
Games Done Quick, that premier video game speed-running collective, like going through games very quickly as their name suggests. You might not realise that they also use their speed-running prowess to earn lots of money for good causes with their bi-annual charity events, Awesome Games Done Quick and Summer Games Done Quick.
Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 is all wrapped up, the totals have been counted, and the numbers are in: as ever, it’s been a very good year. The organisers posted the following tweet on January 9:
Amazing work, all of you donors, for we’ve just hit 1.2 MILLION dollars! Wow, the numbers you are all pulling is fantastic #AGDQ2016
— Games Done Quick (@GamesDoneQuick) January 10, 2016
Which I think we can all agree, deserves a massive round of applause. Three days on and the totalizer’s climb has slowed; it’s currently showing a whopping $1,212,932.99 US, from a staggering 30,572 individual donations. That’s the fourth time an Awesome Games Done Quick event has earned over a million dollars, and is the third time in a row.
There’s still time to donate to Awesome Games Done Quick 2016’s total, and you can do so through the Games Done Quick website. All the money that’s been raised through this year’s speed-running marathon will be donated to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the few cancer charities concerned with education, prevention and early detection of cancer – rather than researching a cure, treating patients and delivering palliative care – and it’s important that this serious issue is tackled from all angles.
Don’t be sad that Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 is over, though – Games Done Quick run events throughout the year, and Summer Games Done Quick 2016 will be with us later in the year, raising more money for another important charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).