The flagship event of the summer in terms of Speedrun is obviously the Summer Games Done Quick which returns every year to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders. The 2022 edition was the return of the face-to-face event from that of 2019. To celebrate this return, SGDQ22 raised over $ 3 million for Doctors Without Borders.
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A simple concept that retains its longevity
The more the years go by, the less it can be said that the events of Games Done Quick, and by the band the sphere of Speedruns as a whole, are niche. Each edition, the event is on the most viewed Twitch channels and raises millions of dollars. Furthermore, these breeds are now over ten years old, eclipsing any doubts about the longevity of its popularity.
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In my humble opinion, what keeps the event still so interesting in 2022 is the addition of new games like Elden Ring, the charisma of the chosen runners, and the general vibe of helping towards a greater purpose.
No other event could keep me glued to my chair as someone guides me through the intricacies of Sly 2, a game I’ve never even seen played, and its tactics to save tenths of a second. Having multiple experienced players in their field discussing strategies as they go along makes racing interesting, whether you know the game or not.
Another key factor is that normally, when a player watches a game on their home channel, they keep starting over at the slightest mistake. This brings a lot of repetition and can be sleepy at times. During Games Done Quick, runners have no choice but to run their game in a run, which makes it very dynamic. Inevitably they will make mistakes and laugh or argue about them and this is key to keeping the event interesting.
The fourth most profitable event
Since its inception in 2010, the Games Done Quick, Summer Games Done Quick and Awesome Games Done Quick events have raised more and more funds for their respective charities. The two fundraisers, in fact, do not contribute to Doctors Without Borders. The winter event, AGDQ, donates its proceeds to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The record is currently $ 3.4 million raised by the most recent Awesome Games Done Quick which took place from January 9 to January 16, 2022. The 2020 edition of AGDQ also raised over $ 3 million while for the SGDQ happened for the 2019 edition and then it happened again this year.
The 2022 edition of the Summer Games Done Quick took place from Sunday 26 June to Sunday 3 July 2022 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota. The reward for hitting the $ 3 million mark, plus the obvious help to Doctors Without Borders, was the Elden Ring Any% race. The coin buzzed as the bottom approached the large 3 mark.
THIS WAS AMAZING !!!!! pic.twitter.com/C9UZZ6PKxU
– Quick games (@GamesDoneQuick) July 3, 2022
Classics and newcomers
Another factor in the success of Games Done Quick events is the variety of its titles. Of course, there were the classics like Super Mario 64, Super Meat Boy, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The new big game of the year was Elden Ring which had two races. First the one created by catalizzatoz where the category was All Remembrances and then, as a bonus for having reached the threshold of 3 million, the any% race lasted 1h20 less than the first which had reached 1h53.
Clearly the event was once again a resounding success thanks to all the participants. From organizers to runners, commentators, audiences and donors have all come together to unite behind one of the most positive events in the world of video games.