Games Done Quick, the folks behind the popular semi-annual week-long charity speedrunning marathons, are holding an impromptu two-day event to raise money to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Running from from 1AM GMT Saturday through 1AM GMT Monday, Harvey Relief Done Quick is a speedrunning marathon raising money for the Houston Food Bank, an organisation that’s using its resources to feed people displaced by the disaster. Speedrunners will tackle 45 games during the event, from Bastion to Wario Land 4. The event is being broadcast on Twitch, with 100 per cent of viewer donations going towards the relief effort.
What’s amazing is how fast this event came together. Games Done Quick tweeted a poll on Wednesday, 30 August, gauging interest in a Harvey charity stream.
Interest Check: Would you participate in or support an online GDQ marathon this weekend for Hurricane Harvey? (Charity TBD, looking @ local)
— Games Done Quick (@GamesDoneQuick) August 30, 2017
At 4PM their local time they posted a form for speedrunners to submit their runs to be considered for inclusion in the event. Within seven hours, they had over 350 submissions. Less than a day later, Harvey Relief Done Quick was made official.
— Games Done Quick (@GamesDoneQuick) August 31, 2017
Games Done Quick just speedrun setting up a charity speedrun marathon. Tune into their Twitch channel if you want to help incredibly talented gamers do a lot of good.