In the beginning of each year, the annual Awesome Games Done Quick marathon brings together gaming speedrunners for a good cause in entertaining viewers and raising charitable donations, with this year’s installment of AGDQ once again bringing in record donation numbers.
After its start on January 3rd last week, the Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 marathon concluded this weekend with a final tally of over $1.2 million in viewer donations, with all proceeds from the event to benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The donation total was reached by nearly 24,000 donors over the event’s 156 different speedrun streams.
Originally started in 2010, this year’s event marked the third consecutive year that AGQD raised over $1 million in donations from its marathon event, though this year’s tally was a little short of the event’s all-time high of $1.57 million raised in 2015 (though that total was boosted by sales of a Humble Bundle games deal offered for the event).
Viewership for this year’s event averaged some quite high numbers, with most of the event’s Twitch streams throughout the week averaging about 100,000 concurrent viewers at their peak, with the event reaching a viewership as high as 220,000 for certain titles, such as a highly-viewed run through Super Mario Maker.
The next Games Done Quick event will be held from July 3-9, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN: you can go back and view highlights from this year’s Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 by clicking here for the Twitch archived broadcasts.
Amazing work, all of you donors, for we've just hit 1.2 MILLION dollars! Wow, the numbers you are all pulling is fantastic #AGDQ2016
— Games Done Quick (@GamesDoneQuick) January 10, 2016