I hope you got a chance to check out the Awesome Games Done Quick marathon last week. The week-long charity event that puts gamers to work raising money for charity ended Sunday, raising $1.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Games Done Quick produces gaming marathons for charity twice a year. Volunteer gamers speedrun through games. The gameplay is streamed live, and all donations go to the charity.
Last year the winter marathon event raised more than $1.5 million. The event made a little less this year because it didn’t include the sale of a Humble Bundle, which was part of last year’s event. But this is the third year in a row the event has made more than $1 million for charity. The marathon attracted viewership in the hundreds of thousands.
According to Polygon, the best speedruns were: a Super Mario Maker hard-level run, an Animorphs run, a blindfolded tour of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!, and Super Metroid with the bosses beaten in reverse order.
We’re already looking forward to Summer Games Done Quick, to be held July 3-9.