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Summer Games Done Quick 2018 is underway; watch it live right here

Seven days of speedrunning for a good cause

Speedrunner Aquas plays Contra 3: The Alien Wars onscreen at a Games Done Quick event. Games Done Quick

Summer Games Done Quick gets underway at 12:30 p.m. with a half-hour pre-show, then rolls into seven straight days of speedrunning. You can watch all of it live right here.

This is the eighth edition of the midsummer speedrun series, which since 2013 has benefited Doctors Without Borders. Summer Games Done Quick has set a contribution record each year, reaching $1.7 million last year. For those who wish to contribute, donations may be made here.

Today’s action kicks off at 1 p.m. with GarageDoorOpener in an Any% run through Banjo-Tooie; GarageDoorOpener is No. 2 in the world in this event.

He’s followed by three world record holders: ChrisLBC in Spyro the Dragon at 1:57 p.m.; RiskyCB in Iconoclasts at 2:52 p.m.; and Kinnin11 in Kirby Super Star Ultra (Meta Knightmare Ultra) at 3:52 p.m.

We have more about the first day, and the event in general, in our preview. Polygon will be following the marathon all week and spotlighting the intriguing events coming each day.

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