The turnout for Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 is a huge success. The bi-annual charity gaming marathon reportedly earned $2.2 million this year.
Last January 8 to 15, Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 streamed a series of speedruns which several gamers attended at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel in Virginia. The event showcased the art of speedrunning through several games and also helped raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The speedruns this year were so intense that there were reports of the system crashing during one game. However, the crew was able to use a saved file, getting the game back on.
This year’s marathon was dramatic considering the rise in donations trickled in on the last day. AGDQ 2017 holds the record for the highest amount donated to charity.
Awesome Games Done Quick just broke over $2,000,000 raised to help fight cancer! AMAZING!?
— Twitch (@Twitch) January 15, 2017
The donations hit the million mark after noon of the last day. The figures then doubled over the next twelve hours due to the speedruns and the number of spectators.
Awesome Games Done Quick 2017: A Record
Since 2014, AGDQ 2017 has gone over $1 million. Reports say that this year’s event was the fastest to reach that mark. Last year, AGDQ earned $1.2 million.
AGDQ does not simply showcase gamers from around the world competing in several games. The event highlights speedrunning as an art. This type of gameplay has been gaining attention throughout the years and taking on games such as Dark Souls III and The Legend of Zelda.
The total donation for this year is at $2,216,608.30. Over 43,384 donors took part in this event. An average amount of $51.09 was donated.
Over 200 speedruns were featured in this event. To re-cap all the games, you may watch all their videos uploaded on their Youtube account here.
Here’s one of the events played at the AGDQ 2017.