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Awesome Games Done Quick Raises $3.1 million for a Great Cause

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 came to a close yesterday after an overwhelmingly successful week of fundraising. The Twitch driven charity drive managed to raise a staggering $3,132,902.78 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

For those not in the know, Games Done Quick is a money-raising charity event where the world’s most talented speedrunners come together for a good cause. With plenty of showcases of various popular and niche speedruns alike, fans come flocking and donate to support the effort.

For comparison, last year’s Awesome Games Done Quick managed to raise $2.4 million. The largest individual donator this year was game developer Dave Pittman who contributed $10,000 to the drive. Otherwise, Untitled Goose Game developers House House matched that donation and shirt printer Fangamer donated $15,000. All in all, not bad at all.

It turns out not only are House House great developers, but they’re also philanthropic too! Be sure to show them some love and give Untitled Goose Game a shot. It’s a super fun, wholesome experience.

Which Streams Are Worth Watching?

Needless to say, you should want to get involved and check out some of these runs. It’s a rare opportunity to see some of the most talented speedrunners giving it their all for charity. But what runs stood out this year?

For those looking for an impressive marathon, the Fallout Anthology was something special. Tomatoangus managed to complete Fallout 1, 2, 3, New Vegas, and 4 in just 2 hours and 16 minutes. Remarkably, his record time cuts this to just 1 hour and 45 minutes.

But what about a timeless classic instead? As usual, Awesome Games Done Quick hosted a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas any% run by Reset and KZFrew. Unfortunately, it didn’t get given a great time slot so many fans missed it. Make no mistake though, it was a really fun run well worth your time.

Things went so badly for Badger, he had to set up an online custom server mid-way through his speedrun with the clock still ticking. He even consulted the crowd for some much-needed help after an initial slip-up.

On the same day as San Andreas, the now legendary Terraria run took place. Terraria is by no means a classic for GDQ. In fact, this year was its debut despite having a relatively strong speedrunning community. Either way, it didn’t stop pretty much everything going wrong for runner TVGBadger. Not that that ended up being a bad thing.

The run itself was not at all optimized, full of silly mistakes, and a hell of a lot of bad luck. But more importantly than any of that, TVGBadger managed to raise almost $30,000 during his run. He stayed positive and did a fantastic job of entertaining the crowd. Also, that already impressive number doesn’t include donations through Twitch subs as they were accounted for later.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Summer Games Done Quick which is scheduled for June 21 through June 28. No doubt there will be plenty more charity raising fun to be had.