Summer Games Done Quick may, in my heart, be my favorite live-streamed gaming event of the year. It's definitely up there with the excitement of E3 press conferences, the drama of the EVO fighting game championships, and the spectacle of the League of Legends World Championships. Summer Games Done Quick is one full week of the the fastest gaming speed-runners in the world doing what they do best live, streamed over the magic of the internet.
Best of all, however, is that all of these wonderful nerds are gathering at one locations just for charity. Yes, they each foot their own bills to get to SGDQ, but all donations from the stream will go directly to their charity of choice. This year's SGDQ will be supporting Doctors Without Borders, one of my personal favorite charities of the world. Doctors Without Borders sends doctors and nurses to areas of need, including war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. It's a very worthy cause.
The biannual event raised over $1,000,000 this past winter with a mixture of donation challenges, opportunities for prizes, and goals for certain games. Donating for these goals will lead to the runner doing extra content, or playing the game a certain way they otherwise may not have. Or, sometimes there are competitive donation wars, where donators can vote for the player to pick one option over another. It's a clever system, turning donating to charity into a game itself.
Summer Games Done Quick will be starting literally any second now and will run, without pause, for 7 days. That's June 22 through June 28, starting with Super Mario 3D World and ending with a Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid and Final Fantasy VI spiral into nothingness. Make sure to tune in, at the least, but feel free to donate as well. It's a great cause, put on by a group of great gamers. Cheers, SGDQ runners! Start your timers now!