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Summer Games Done Quick sets a record for charity

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Summer Games Done Quick, the mid-year speedrun event Games Done Quick stages for charity, ended early this morning having raised more than $1.2 million dollars for Doctors Without Borders.

The total raised is well more than the $700,000 the event raised last year, and commensurate to the $1.5 million Awesome Games Done Quick raised in January. Donations still are coming in and being counted, of course, so the SGDQ total is likely to rise. At any rate, it is already a record for this part of the series.

The weeklong event featured 160 speedruns, and the 22,000 individual donors contributed an average of $43.29 (with one donor blowing the curve with a $21,498 contribution.)

A full list of the runs can be viewed here. To watch any of them, see this link, courtesy of the Speedrun subreddit.

For more on Summer Games Done Quick, the lingo and rules (or lack thereof) to speedrunning, and why this is such a sensation, check out our explainer when SGDQ got underway a week ago.