The Summer Games Done Quick 2018 speedrunning event has raised over $2.1 million for Doctors Without Borders. This has set a new fundraising record for the event, which ran from the 24 June to 1 July, highlighting the generosity of gamers everywhere. SGDQ is a week-long event held annually that challenges the gaming community’s best speedrunners to stream new runs for charity. These include runs such as gymnast86’s run of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, completing the game in 1hr 35min. It is typically a more relaxed and fun event, leading to the supportive and wholehearted crowd that donates. As a result, speedrunners won’t be going for any world records. However, the event is definitely worth a watch, if even just for a glimpse into the fascinating world of speedruns. A full list of the games played is available here. Each speedrun is available for viewing on the official YouTube channel here.
$2,122,529.20, that's a new SGDQ record! Thank you so so much to all of you for your support in helping us reach a new record for #SGDQ2018
— Games Done Quick (@GamesDoneQuick) July 1, 2018
Summer Games Done Quick has supported Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or ‘Doctors Without Borders’ since 2013, and before that the Organisation for Autism Research. While this year they broke their record, the generosity of the gaming community has meant that this is an annual trend. In 2013 they raised $250 000 for Doctors Without Borders, and in 2015 they broke $1 million. Last year was no different, with the 2017 event raising $1 792 342. With $2 127 864 raised this year, the money will greatly benefit the work of MSF, who deliver medical supplies and services to impoverished, developing or war-torn countries. The highest donation was $110 000 and the average donation was $60, which is huge. MSF are currently have field teams deployed in Africa, South-East Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East. Summer Games Done Quick are still accepting donations for MSF here.