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Summer Games Done Quick raises over $2.2 million for Doctors Without Borders

The event saw speedrunners blitz through 140 titles in just over a week.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

June 5, 2023

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Summer Games Done Quick 2023 has concluded after raising over $2.2 million for Doctors Without Borders.

The speedrunning event raised precisely $2,239,204 for the humanitarian charity, which provides medical care in conflict zones and other regions affected by epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.

This year's event saw volunteers complete 140 titles across eight days, blitzing through an incredible smorgasbord of games including Bugsnax, Skate 2, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, Chained Echoes, Maniac Mansion, Hi-Fi Rush, Returnal, Hitman 3, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime Remastered, Elden RingSuper Mario 64, and many more. 

Games Done Quick has now raised almost $5 million for charity in 2023 alone, with the group's first event of the year, Awesome Games Done Quick, raising more than $2.6 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Back in January, Games Done Quick founder and former managing director Mike Uyama departed the organization after over a decade and was replaced by Matt Merkle.

Uyama said he'd seen Games Done Quick evolve from a "small volunteer effort" into a "thriving organization," while Merkle said he was looking forward to leading the group onto new fundraising records.

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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