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.
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.