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First Games Done Quick event of 2023 raises over $2.6 million for charity

A number of world records were also broken during the event.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

January 16, 2023

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2023 Online artwork

Charity speedrunning series Games Done Quick has concluded its first event of 2023 after raising more than $2.6 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. 

The Awesome Games Done Quick 2023 Online marathon was broadcast on Twitch from January 8 to January 15 and raised precisely $2,642,493 for the charity.

A number of world records were broken during the event thanks to volunteers who soared through the likes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredders Revenge, Super Mario Galaxy 2, PowerWash Simulator, and Steven Seagal Is: The Final Option.

The Games Done Quick organizers shared the final fundraising total on social media and praised everyone involved in the event. 

"Thank you to everyone who made this marathon possible, and to all of you for your amazing generosity and support," reads a tweet posted over the weekend.

Games Done Quick has now raised more than $43 million for charities around the world since its inception in 2010, and will return in February for its all-women speedrunning event, Frost Fatales.

Frost Fatales will be followed up by Summer Games Done Quick 2023, which will run from May 28, 2023, to June 4, 2023.

Earlier this month, Games Done Quick founder Mike Uyama announced they will be departing the company after 13 years, but noted the organization and event are "thriving."

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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