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Awesome Games Done Quick raises $2.2 million, smashing a record

It’s $1 million more than was raised last year

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 raised $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, by far a record and $1 million over last year's total.

The weeklong charity marathon closed with more than $1 million in donations on the last day, delivering the first $2 million total in series history. Awesome Games Done Quick has gone over $1 million every year since 2014, and this year was the fastest to eclipse the $1 million mark.

The donation total now stands at $2,216,243.30 from 43,368 donors, though both figures will still increase as additional donations trickle in.

The top donor overall was t-shirt maker The Yetee, which offered a line of AGDQ tees throughout the weeklong event and gave $136,000 in all, $40,000 of that coming in a single donation alone.

Contributor The General made the top contribution by an individual overall, $37,998, while Takoma74 was the biggest one-time giver at $8,000. More donation stats can be seen at AGDQ's wrap-up page.

Awesome Games Done Quick wrapped up with a crowd-pleasing run by TGH through Undertale, taking a True Pacifist Ending in 1:28:17. TGH's time was almost 90 seconds shy of the world record run for Undertale (True Pacifist), a record he still holds (and set two months ago).

His run is embedded below (at the 38 hour, 43 minute, 38 second mark). Apparently, The General's contributions were all to incentivize choosing the name Wubby, which is something of a tradition at AGDQ.

More than 175 speedruns were performed over the weeklong marathon. All of them may be viewed individually through Games Done Quick's YouTube Channel (which is still cutting and uploading some runs).

AGDQ 2017 will be followed by Summer Games Done Quick 2017, another weeklong speedrun marathon, this one benefitting Doctors Without Borders. That event is slated for July 2-9 in Minneapolis. It raised $1.3 million in 2016, a record amount for that leg of the series.

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