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Summer Games Done Quick 2023 Ends on a High Note: $2.2M Raised for Doctors Without Borders

Incredible speedrunning feats, including a blindfolded playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, contribute to the success of this year's event

This year’s Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) 2023, the world-renowned video gaming marathon, has drawn its curtain, culminating in a remarkable $2.2 million fundraising triumph for Doctors Without Borders. The event, celebrated for its high-speed gameplay and philanthropic spirit, was hosted at the Hilton Minneapolis from May 28-June 4 and streamed on Games Done Quick’s dedicated Twitch channel.

Notably, one of the highlights from SGDQ 2023 was a riveting blindfolded run of the universally adored game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Events of this kind, featuring high-level gameplay by proficient speedrunners, never fail to captivate audiences and underscore the cause that lies at the heart of it all.

For those who missed the live spectacle, fret not; every run from SGDQ 2023 is available for viewing on the official Games Done Quick YouTube channel.

Games Done Quick, first established in 2010, has now successfully raised a grand total exceeding $46.2 million for various charities globally. This includes but is not limited to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Malala Fund, Organization for Autism Research, and CARE.

The spirit of speedrunning for charity continues to burn brightly with the upcoming all-women speedrunning event, Flame Fatales. The online event is scheduled from August 13-20, 2023.

Games Done Quick, through its decade-long existence, has emerged as a cornerstone in the intersection of gaming and philanthropy. The series of charity video game marathons regularly hosts high-level gameplay events where speedrunners unite to raise funds for notable causes, having collaborated with a range of charities including Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

The beneficiary of this year’s SGDQ, Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, is a private international association founded in 1971. It provides lifesaving medical care to those most in need, regardless of their race, religion, creed, or political convictions.

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