Done Quick 2021 Online Summer Games Ends Raising Over $2.89 Million

Done Quick Summer Games went online for the second year in a row and ended up raising more than $2.89 million for Doctors Without Borders.

Even without a live audience, Summer Games Done Quick 2021 Online has proven to be a huge hit. For the second year in a row, the bi-annual sprint event went to an online-only format due to ongoing concern about the COVID-19 pandemic. However, even with an online audience, the world’s best speed runners are still able to raise a total of $2,898,355 million for Doctors Without Borders. That’s higher than both Awesome Games Done Quick earlier this year and Summer Games Done Quick last year.

The summer games are over, Quick 2021 Online has entered the final day of its week-long marathon, raising just over $1.5 million. Saturday’s GDQ crew and group of runners nearly doubled that number by the time the event was over. As has been the tradition for nearly a decade, the most exciting rides were saved for the last day. This included a traditional Super Metroid run, an exciting Super Mario Bros.3 co-op run, Bowser’s Fury first GDQ run, 25 Years of Mario Kart 64 run, the incredible blindfolded Super Mario 64 run, and an incredible block of Souls that included both Dark Souls 3 and PS5 remake of Demon’s Souls. The marathon ended with a level 1 critical round for Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix, followed by the Sephiroth boss fight exhibition.

Total SGDQ 2021 donations include direct donations, Twitch Bits, channel subscriptions (including those from Prime Gaming), and purchases from SGDQ partners, such as Yeti And the Fangamer.

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The future of Games Done Quick is a bit murky at the moment. Communications Director/Events Director Kasumi “Sumichu” Yogi noted at the end of the night that GDQ aims to get great games going live quickly from January 9-16, essentially getting marathons back to normal. However, the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world (not just in the US) will ultimately determine whether or not that will happen. This aligns with what she told us here at Shacknews during her E5 interview in June. If AGDQ happens in person, the site will be named at a later time.

In the meantime, the team will continue with regular content, including regular GDQ Hotfix streams and the women’s special Flame Fatales marathon, which will run from August 15-21. For more on all of that, as well as playing it all last week, check out Games made fast on YouTube and the Games executed quickly website.

Ozzie has been playing video games since he picked up his first NES console at the age of five. He’s been into gaming ever since, only taking a break from him for a brief period during his college years. But he was pulled back after spending years in the QA circles for both THQ and Activision, spending most of the time helping propel the Guitar Hero series to its heyday. Ozzie has become a huge fan of platform games, puzzle games, shooting games, and RPGs, to name a few, but he’s also very absorbent for anything that has a good and compelling story behind it. Because what are video games if you can’t have a good story with a new Cherry Coke?

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