After two days of non-stop video game action, one of the world’s premier speedrunning organizations has raised over $200,000 to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
GamesDoneQuick set up the event in just under 48 hours, grabbing speedrunners, volunteers, and partners in a short space of time to raise money for the Houston food bank, in an effort to help those that lost their homes.
Hurricane Harvey has caused untold damage since landing on Aug. 25 and displaced thousands of people in the process.
Some of the biggest games in speedrunning, such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Undertale, and Super Metroid, headlined the three-day event. Some of the top runners gave up their time at short notice to appear at the event.
GamesDoneQuick has become known for it’s two annual speedrunning events, Awesome Games Done Quick and Summer Games Done Quick. The marathons showcase some of the best speedrunning games over a week, asking viewers to donate to a good cause. The GDQ events are some of the world’s biggest speedrunning events, bringing in millions of dollars for charity each year.
The special Houston event ended with RiverMccown’s speedrun of Final Fantasy IV on the SNES. It was a suitable send off, considering the game represents the coming together of different people to overcome a threat bigger than themselves.