More than $135,000 has been raised by Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 already, going towards the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Awesome Games Done Quick is an annual charity event where Speed Demos Archive gathers some of the top speedrunners together for a full week of playing and streaming awesome and challenging games to completion, as fast as possible. 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.”
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You can donate directly through the Games Done Quick donation tracker, where you can assign your donation dollars towards certain speedrunning incentives. Popular donation incentives include whether or not to save the animals at the end of Super Metroid (this year just one guy running the Reverse Boss Order), names of characters and other fun things. You can also donate at certain times during the stream in order to enter raffles for prizes, including special consoles and other pieces of gaming memorabilia.
Viewers can also pick up some sweet Awesome Games Done Quick games-themed t-shirts from The Yetee, with $3 from each shirt directly going to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Starting at just $11 with affordable shipping, it’s a great way to get involved while wearing the cause on your sleeves! Plus, Twitch’s take from subscriptions for the livestream will also go towards PCF.
Each year, the following for Awesome Games Done Quick only gets larger and larger, as more money is raised for Prevent Cancer Foundation progressively each year. Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 saw donations raised to a total of more than $1.23 million; an awesome feat for a collective group of people simply playing video games for 7 straight days in a row!
Over the past 24 hours, we have already encountered some fun events at Awesome Games Done Quick. Not only did we get a hilarious false start, but we got a super close finish in Super Mario Kart and a dreadfully painful (but played off well) choke or two in Super Mario 64. Plus, this year’s Fire Emblem run didn’t get mercy killed. Progress every year! We’ll be updating with Day 3 tomorrow.