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SGDQ 2014 Raises Over $700,000 for Charity

/ Jul 1st, 2014 No Comments

SGDQ 2014

Summer Games Done Quick 2014 ended its long stretch of speedrunning yesterday and managed to raise an impressive $716,289 for Doctors Without Borders.

[adsense250itp]Over 150 hours of games were played from June 22 – June 30. Throughout the week, speedrunners from Speed Demos Archive and Speed Runs Live tried to complete classic and popular games as fast as they could. While the donation total doesn’t quite match Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2014’s $1 million, it’s quite impressive considering SGDQ 2013 raised $257,181.

During the week, Humble Bundle offered their support by creating a special SGDQ promotional bundle. Those who purchased the bundle for $25 received Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Gunpoint, Noitu Love 2 Devolution, Bleed, Electronic Super Joy, Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Psychonauts, Dustforce, The Basement Collection and Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Rise of the Owlverlord. All proceeds of the promotion went straight to Doctors Without Borders. Because of that, over 3,255 bundles were sold for a total of $83,009.

AGDQ 2015 is set to take place Jan. 4-10, 2015.

Quick Take

In nearly half a year, Games Done Quick has raised almost $2 million for charities. The impact this small section of the gaming community has had is hard to ignore. Those who donated, ran a game or contributed to the event in any way represent a side of the industry that often goes unnoticed. The media is quick to jump on gaming and how it influences violence in children. Let’s see if such a sweeping act of charity gets the same kind of coverage.


Ben Sheene

Ben Sheene

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ben is from Kentucky where he originally began playing games (an activity he still continues to this day). With a love for writing he graduated from Centre College with a BA in English. He recently moved to California to pursue whatever future endeavors were there. A passion for music, gaming, blogging, and existing keeps him up at night and crafts him into the person he is today.
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