Awesome Games Done Quick has ended with a record-setting $2.3 million raised for charity.
Last week, the annual event known as Awesome Games Done Quick saw speedrunners from around the country all congregate in Rockville, Maryland at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel to set records in the name of supporting a noble cause.
In this case, the cause is the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to early testing and prevention of cancer. Because the best treatment for cancer is to never get it.
But back to gaming. The event began on January 6th and lasted until last Sunday, where hundreds of games were played at breakneck speeds. By Friday, the live stream indicated that AGDQ 2019 had already hit $1 million in funds raised. That number struck $2 million on Saturday during one lucky runner playing Super Mario Odyssey.
Bayleef began his run on Saturday when donations were around the $1.9 million mark. According to Kotaku, a $5 donation chain began in the Twitch channel which caused that number to quickly climb to $1.95 and then $1.98 million.
Just before Bayleef hit his speedrun goal of 500 moons the number ticked over the $2 million mark, and the assembled crowd went ballistic.
But that left an entire Sunday left to go, and Awesome Games Done Quick proved that they were still going at full steam despite nearly a week of gaming. As is tradition with AGDQ, the final game of the event was Super Metroid where viewers could decide whether the streamer ends the game by saving all the animals or letting them die in a fiery explosion. Killing the animals is faster (and thus better for the speedrunner), but letting them die is the unambiguously evil thing to do.
Ironically, the crowd chose to be evil and let the animals die. Luckily, they made up for the karmic imbalance by also generating nearly $400,000 extra for charity.
The final total of 2019 Awesome Games Done Quick was $2,395,553, with 2,200 people in physical attendance and peak Twitch viewership at 219,240 people.