Popular charity gaming marathon Summer Games Done Quick, or SGDQ, is in full swing this week. Having started on July 3rd, SGDQ brings viewers an around-the-clock, week-long event with some of the world’s best speedrunners and will last through the holiday weekend until Saturday, July 9, with all donations going directly to charity. This bi-annual event has been held since 2010 and raises money for Doctors Without Borders, an organization that works to deliver medical aid all over the world by delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. At the present time of writing, SGDQ has already raised over an astounding $123,000 for the cause, with that number only steadily increasing.
SGDQ, along with AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) have become some of the most popular gaming events. Not only are the events entertaining, but they also give the players a chance to present their skills with some of their favorite games. SGDQ also offers raffle prizes, with no purchase or donation necessary to enter, sweetening the deal for those of us watching from home.
This year’s schedule features speed-runs through a variety of games including many Super Mario and Mega Man titles, The Legend of Zelda, Spyro, Ratchet & Clank, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. This year’s event will also include other fan-favorite classics such as Super Metroid and Metroid Prime.
SGDQ doesn’t work alone. They also have some great sponsors who back them and all of the great work they do:
Humble Bundle sells digital content through its pay-what-you-want bundle promotions and the Humble Store. When purchasing a bundle, customers choose how much they want to pay and decide where their money goes — between the content creators, charity, and Humble Bundle. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has raised more than $75 million through the support of its community for a wide range of charities, providing aid for people across the world
Power Up Audio
Power Up Audio is an indie sound studio based in Vancouver, Canada. They specialize in sound effects, music, and voice-over for games. This week, they are on-site handling audio for broadcast as an official sponsor of SGDQ 2016.
The Yetee has been the official tee sponsor of Games Done Quick events since 2012. With each $11 shirt sold from the SGDQ collection, The Yetee will donate $3 towards Doctors Without Borders.
tinyBuild is an indie label known for games like SpeedRunners, Party Hard, and Punch Club. Starting out as an indie studio, they morphed into a publisher. Now, they are known for doing wild stunts like Twitch Plays Punch Club, as well as pioneering twitch integration with games such as Party Hard.
Decorate your stuff and make it legendary with our nerdy & gaming-inspired decals! $2 from each decal sold during SGDQ is being donated to Doctors Without Borders.
a multipurpose gaming center located in the TownMall of Westminster, in Westminster MD. Challenge your friends to a multiplayer match on our high-definition televisions, or choose from a variety of classic games to satisfy that “retro” urge! Savepoint buys, sells, and trades old games and systems, all the way back to the Atari.
Designs and develop professional livestreams
World 9 Gaming is a collaboration of video game collectors and enthusiasts aiming to provide the highest quality all-encompassing video game experience at the lowest cost to conventions in the Midwest. Specializing in classic gaming, World9Gaming has an extensive collection of games for systems such as NES, Genesis, and N64. World9Gaming also aims to please the modern gamers, providing the most current systems and games.
The speedrunning group’s last charity event was Awesome Games Done Quick that took place in in January. AGDQ raised over $1.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, but the group hopes to beat that record at this year’s summer event.
SGDQ is streamed live through Twitch. You can also find archived streams on Games Done Quick’s YouTube channel from previous years’ events.
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