It feels like just last week the European Speedster Assembly wrapped up, but it was actually WAY, WAY back on July 5th. While ESA is amazing it is no where near the size of the next and second biggest speed running event of the year: SGDQ or summer games done quick. SGDQ is operated yearly by Speed Demos Archive. During SGDQ the speed runners do what they do best, and that is speeding their way through an overwhelming variety of video games for charity. Speed runs in short are about the player completing the game as fast as possible without using cheats. This can be confusing at first because they use every glitch/exploit that they can to accomplish this but they glitches/exploits are considered within the confines of the game mechanics so they are allowed. Viewers can watch these top-speed versions of their favorite games in awe, and donate to the charity associated with the event while they watch.
For a viewer, there are lots of reasons to donate, and they include having your comment read on stream, receiving prizes, choosing runner incentives (I.E. names or good/bad endings, etc.)…but of course the best reason is to help out a cause that you and your runner of choice believe in. Six months ago, Awesome Games Done Quick, the biggest speed running event of the year, managed to raise over one and a half million dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. They managed do this through various means, such as the humble bundle, a deal with Yetee t-shirts and a number of donations made directly from the stream. On July 26th through August 1st, SGDQ will be running for Doctors Without Borders. The event is taking place at the Crown Plaza in Downtown St. Paul, Minnesota but you can watch it from anywhere in the world on Twitch. You can find the schedule and tune in for your favorite game here, or just binge-watch the whole thing and find out about some new titles.