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Games Done Quick raises $400K for coronavirus relief fund

Corona Relief Done Quick ran over the weekend

A screengrab from the CRDQ playing Pokemon Image: GamesDoneQuick via Twitch

Games Done Quick’s coronavirus relief event, Corona Relief Done Quick, raised more than $400,000 over the weekend, the company announced Sunday. The money will go to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization “with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.” Direct Relief is directing funds toward COVID-19 relief efforts by supplying communities with personal protective equipment.

Corona Relief Done Quick began Friday with a Donkey Kong Country speedrun. The event ended on Sunday with Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix. Over three days, $400,774.60 was raised for Direct Relief as speedrunners blasted through games like Halo: Combat Evolved, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, and Super Mario Odyssey.

Games Done Quick’s next event is Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ), which is scheduled for Aug. 16-23 in Bloomington, Minnesota. SGDQ was originally slated for June, but was rescheduled over coronavirus concerns. During its previous major event, Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), the organization raised more than $3 million for charity.