Summer Games Done Quick, the bi-annual video game speed running marathon, has raised $1.3 million USD for Doctors Without Borders.
The marathon ended with a final tally of $1,299,150 USD from 30,864 donors; a new record high for the event. The Summer Games Done Quick 2016 event managed to raise nearly $100 000 USD more than last year’s event The entire raised amount will be going to the event’s chosen charity, which is Doctors Without Borders.
Doctors Without Borders is a massive organisation that aims to bring relief to the medical needs of struggling and war-torn countries, especially those impacted by malnutrition or sickness.
This year’s event was a blast, and featured a bunch of surprises. One of the best was a gut-wrenching moment for Blood Thunder, a popular speedrunner on Twitch, who trolled viewers with a fake Windows 10 update screen that interrupted his Bioshock speedrun. The moment was a tongue-in-cheek prank that referenced Microsoft’s extremely poor implementation of their soon-to-be-paid-for Windows 10 automatic upgrade system. The moment can be viewed at around 15:37:00 on the archive below.
The games played this year included triple-AAA hits such as the aforementioned Bioshock, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the original Deus Ex, and old school classics such as Pokemon Red, Super Mario Bros 1, 2 and 3, and even Super Metroid.