Games Done Quick, the beloved bi-annual speedrunning charity marathon organization, today announced that its massive, week-long Summer Games Done Quick extravaganza has been postponed until August 16 due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. (Not gonna lie, still feels weird to write articles that contain the phrase “ongoing global pandemic,” but here we are.) When it does eventually kick off, AGDQ will continue to raise money for its traditional charity cause, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.
As part of the delay, all currently existing game submissions for SGDQ will be thrown out on April 26, with a new call for submissions opening on April 29 and running through May 9, which means you’ve still got a couple months left to perfect your no-death VVVVVV 100% times. It’s not like you’ve got a whole lot else going on right now anyway, so why not become the world’s best Croc: Legend of the Gobbos player or something? Why not take all this compulsory free time and invent a new marriage-based category for Dark Souls 3? The possibilities are only as limited as your own creativity and dedication. And patience, I guess. Patience probably has a lot to do with it too. Moving on!
The new SGDQ games list will be released on June 6, with a full schedule to follow on June 15. Anybody that volunteered to work the original SGDQ dates will need to reapply through the usual channels during that same April 29 to May 9 window. Anybody looking to land a coveted hosting slot will not have to resubmit their audition.
To tide the rest of us all over until August, the industrious and genuinely helpful folk at Games Done Quick also announced Corona Relief Done Quick, or “CRDQ,” an “online-only event” inhabiting the official Games Done Quick Twitch channel from April 17 to 19. “One hundred percent of all CRDQ donations go directly to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies,” GDQ said in a press release earlier this afternoon. “Donations can be made directly during the event via the viewing page available at GamesDoneQuick.com.”
Game submissions for CRDQ are open from now until April 2, with the resulting games list and schedule hitting the web on April 13, one day before my birthday. This last bit of information isn’t relevant but we have to find joy where we can get it right now.
Games Done Quick says that it is “continuing to actively monitor updates from the WHO, CDC, local governments and public health agencies regarding COVID-19,” and that any further changes will be announced on its official Twitter, as well as through its website.
Here’s hoping that GDC will be able to carry out its plans to hold Summer Games Done Quick this August. As of today, the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has infected nearly 600,000 people across the globe, with more than 100,000 of those patients located in these United States. Of the 27,100 people who have died from the disease, 1,581 were located in the US, with most of those deaths happening in just the last week, according to ABC News. The United States now has more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than any other country in the world, after an explosive week that saw the virus spread exponentially across the nation — the United States had just 15,268 cases one week ago.