The Awesome Games Done Quick charity marathon started today, and it already managed to collect $50,000 in the first hours. The charity marathon will take place over the course of eight days and will include 24 hours a day gaming sessions. The sessions will be streamed live on the Twitch.tv platform. The first marathon of the kind was held in 2010, and succeeded to raise more than $10,000 for CARE.
If you’ve never heard of Awesome Games Done Quick(AGDQ), then what you need to know is that it mainly focuses on beating games as fast as possible. Players are able to do that by playing quickly a game, playing a game and using time saving methods, or using emulators.
This year, the event will raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is an American charity and is one of the leading health organizations in the United States that focuses on preventing and detecting the cancer in the early stages. Since it was founded in 1985, the foundation donated more than $120 million to cancer related research.
Experts predict that this year’s event will raise approximately $1 million. You can donate in order to win prizes or you can donate in order to help the gamers. By donating, you can win copies of the games that are being played and you can also give difficult challenges to the gamers. In order to see the schedule of each game as well as where your donations could influence a game, you can check the AGDQ website. The first event of the marathon included Splatoon, and it is worthy to mention that this was Splatoon’s first time in the marathon.
During the marathon, the professional speedrunners complete games in record time. Sometimes their abilities are tested by blindfolding them while they are playing or by various gamers starting a game and competing against each other. The video games are both new and old ones.
The marathon includes games like Half-Life 2 and Super Mario Kart. Games that will be played for the very first time include Diablo, The Talos Principle and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. The last game that will be played in the marathon will be Final Fantasy IV.
The Awesome Games Done Quick is an annual marathon sponsored by the website Speed Demos Archive. This marathon raises money for various charities, including Doctors Without Borders. The Awesome Games Done Quick charity marathon started today, so that means you still have 7 days to catch upon one of the most interesting events for gamers.
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