It’s the moment fans of video game speedrunning and raising money for charity have been waiting for; Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 is now live on Twitch!
For those who are not familiar with Awesome Games Done Quick, it is an annual charity event where Speed Demos Archive some of the top speedrunners get together for a full week of playing and streaming awesome and challenging games…in a quick fashion. It is all done in the name of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a, “Nonprofit organization that saves lives through cancer research, education and community outreach.”
Games and challenges from last year’s Awesome Games Done Quick event include a 100% Banjo Kazooie run, Battletoads, a 22:38 run of Ocarina of Time, Earthbound, GTA III, various Super Mario 64 runs, Super Mario World and many, many more.
If your donation reaches certain amounts throughout the stream, you are eligible to win sweet prizes. They change throughout the stream and are usually centered around the current game. Additionally, just by watching the stream you can help boost the concurrent viewership. By doing so, Twitch will donate a maximum of $5,000 to the cause if 100,000 people are watching concurrently. Seeing as in the first 45 minutes the stream has already hit over 40,000 concurrent viewers, no doubt this will get accomplished by the end of the stream.
Last year a hard-working bunch of speedrunning streamers were able to gather over $448,000 in donations in the name of cancer research! They plan to go above and beyond that number with a goal of $500,000, but with donors publicly pledging up to $1,000 at a time already, we could conceivably see a much higher total reached.
Make sure to do your part; tell people about Awesome Games Done Quick 2014! The domain page is at this link, the donation page is here (Paypal/Credit Card/Debit are accepted) and make sure to use the hashtag, “#AGDQ2014″ on Twitter. Let’s all get them to over $500,000 in donations!