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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
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

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.

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