Update, September 4: GDQ efforts to help those affected by tropical storm Harvey have resulted in a total of $227,876.53 being raised for the Houston Food Bank.
Games Done Quick events bring together a host of speedrunners for various good causes, and an event thrown together in the space of just a few days has turned out to be a tremendous success, raising $227,876.53 for the Houston Food Bank to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Harvey Relief Done Quick featured runners streaming out of their own homes, but despite the lower production quality the stream that other GDQ events, it managed to be a tremendous success. For reference, GDQ’s most recent annual event raised $2,222,791 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and that was a week-long event with months of promotion.
If you missed out on the event, you can check out GDQ’s Twitch page for archives of all the runs, and if you want to help you can donate directly to the Houston Food Bank. Fangamer also has GDQ merchandise available with the proceeds going toward the charity.
Original Story, August 31:Speedrunning group Games Done Quick has announced a weekend-long charity stream to help those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. Harvey Relief Done Quick will run from 20:00 EST on Friday night to 20:00 EST on Sunday night.
While the collective hasn’t decided on a charity to represent at the time of writing, they have stated that their looking for a group local to Houston, a city which particularly suffered as a result of the post-storm flooding. Rainfall was said to have reached as much as 50 inches in some areas, causing flooding throughout Houston. Around 30,000 people are believed to have been displaced, and 20 people have been killed as a result of the storm.
Games Done Quick is currently accepting submissions from speedrunners around the world, and received over 350 applications in seven hours last night. Those who are accepted will be able to stream their speedruns remotely via Games Done Quick’s Twitch channel.
Games Done Quick is known for its biannual streams – Awesome Games Done Quick, which takes place in January, and Summer Games Done Quick, and has raised millions of dollars in the past seven years for a wide variety of worthy causes. If you want to find out more about the Harvey Relief stream, you can visit the GDQ Twitteror their website.
The Bungie Foundation is also encouraging players to assist in the relief efforts, offering a specially-commissioned commemorative pin. The profits from the sales of the pin will go to Direct Relief, a charity noted for its efforts to provide aid in Houston. The Bungie Foundation is calling on its community to donate straight to the charity.