Published on January 5, 2018
Updated on August 15, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Berry
Herndon, Va. (January 5, 2018) Games Done Quick, a grassroots organization known for its speedrunning charity events, will be hosting Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2018 at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia this weekend. The event begins on Sunday, January 7 at 11:30 a.m. EST and will run through January 14, 2018. The week-long marathon runs around the clock with more than 130 hours of speedrunning, featuring more than 150 speedrunners and their games. The speedrunners are coming together in support of Prevent Cancer Foundation®, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and early detection of cancer.
AGDQ 2018 will be broadcasted live on Twitch at twitch.tv/gamesdonequick.
Speedrunning is the art of beating a video game as quickly as possible. A speedrun relies on tricks, extensive planning and the highest levels of play from the skilled and dedicated gamers who make up the speedrunning community. Games Done Quick’s speedruns showcase deep fandom and gameplay mastery combined with the unpredictability of live performance to create a unique new twist on traditional gaming.
Last year, more than 1,400 people attended Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 in person, and the Twitch live stream generated a total of more than four million unique viewers, with a peak of 250,000 concurrent viewers. Fans of the event, the speedrunners and the gaming community show their support by making donations online. To date, the speedrunners and fans of Games Done Quick have raised more than $6.6 million for Prevent Cancer Foundation®.
Donations can be made directly during the event via the viewing page available at GamesDoneQuick.com. One hundred percent of all AGDQ 2018 donations support Prevent Cancer Foundation®.
For the full AGDQ 2018 schedule, please visit gamesdonequick.com/schedule.
About Games Done Quick
Games Done Quick is a series of charity video game marathons. These events feature high-level gameplay by speedrunners raising money for charity. Games Done Quick has teamed up with several charities in its seven-year history, including Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation®. To date, Games Done Quick has raised over $12 million for charity. For more information, please visit gamesdonequick.com.
About Prevent Cancer Foundation®
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is one of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and the only U.S. nonprofit focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, it has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence and fulfills its mission through research, education, outreach and advocacy. For more information, please visit preventcancer.org.