Summer Games Done Quick is back with over 150 hours worth of speedruns to look forward to over a seven-day period. And it’s all in the name of charity.
Hundreds of speedrunners and fans will head to Bloomington, Minnesota from June 24 to July 1 to benefit Doctors Without Borders, a charity that delivers medical care where it’s needed most around the world.
Related: The games list for SGDQ 2018
GDQ has raised nearly $15 million since 2011 when the first marathon was held, with the last two ADGQ events raising over $2 million each. An SGDQ event has never made more than $2 million in donations, however, so speedrunners and organizers will be looking to finally break that milestone this year.
The event will be live-streamed on the GDQ’s Twitch. Anyone who misses out on their favorite speedruns or speedrunners can catch up at any time by watching the GDQ VODs on YouTube shortly after the event. The marathon will kick off with Banjo Tooie at 10am CT on June 24 and end at 4:45am CT with Final Fantasy VI.
SGDQ will feature a bunch of new debut games, such as Super Mario Odyssey and Metroid Samus Returns. A few fan-favorite titles will return to the event this year after missing out at AGDQ 2018. These include the popular Super Mario Maker races that pit teams against each other in custom-made courses, and Super Metroid, a game that brings in a lot of donations over the course of the marathon.
More exciting, perhaps, is the return of Pepsiman, which was arguably one of the best speedruns to ever grace a GDQ event, and the return of the Super Mario block, which features seven of Mario’s most beloved titles all at once.
Speedrun fans are looking forward to another great SGDQ—and it all begins on June 24, 2018.