Awesome Games Done Quick speedrun raises for charity $3.4 million

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At its annual video game speedrunning event, Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), Games Done Quick raised $3.4 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the most money ever raised at a Games Done Quick event (via IGN).

Every year, the organization runs two charity speedrunning races and publicized its accomplishment on Twitter. It’s the most money Games Done Quick has ever raised, as well as the fastest it’s ever raised $1 million in donations. The event had 149 speedruns and received 49,482 donations from 28,073 individuals, according to AGDQ’s tracker.

From January 9th to January 16th, AGDQ 2022 was live-streamed on Twitch and featured some of the world’s most outstanding speedrunners who set new marks. InsertLogic beat Pumpkin Jack in 53:17, ShadowthePast beat Kena: Bridge of Spirits in 28:35, and Jaxler beat Webbed in 17:21, all shattering previous world records.

Mitchriz performed a high-profile feat by blindfolding himself and playing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, completing the game in just over two hours utilizing just audio hints. Mitchriz isn’t the first person to complete the game while blindfolded; during a live stream in December, he completed it in just under two hours. Just Blind, a Chinese speedrunner, owns the record for the fastest Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice speedrun, clocking in at 1:42.

Frost Fatales, the next Games Done Quick fundraising event, will take place from February 27th to March 5th. It’s an all-women speedrunning event to benefit the Malala Fund, an organization that works to provide education to young girls throughout the world.

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