Games Done Quick has been actively monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19. As we prioritize the health and safety of everyone who attends GDQ events, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the on-site portion of Summer Games Done Quick 2020 and instead proceed with an online-only event, called Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online.

For more information about this change and how this affects runners and volunteers, please read our announcement found on the front page of the website.

Last Updated on June 5th

Upcoming Dates

All deadlines end at 11:59PM Pacific Time unless otherwise specified.

  • Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online

    August 16-23, now only online!

  • SGDQ2020 Game Submissions

    Deadline passed.

    Schedule: July 13th

  • SGDQ2020 Off-site Volunteer Applications

    July 22nd - 29th

  • SGDQ2020 Prize Submissions

    July 13th - August 2nd

  • Awesome Games Done Quick 2021

    January 3-10, Location TBA

  • Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Moving Online!

    Update: We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to unexpected circumstances, we'll be delaying the opening of submissions until June 8th. The email mentioned below will go out June 8th. The end date will remain the same, June 17th. Thank you for your patience!

    Games Done Quick has been actively monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19. As we prioritize the health and safety of everyone who attends GDQ events, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the on-site portion of Summer Games Done Quick 2020 and instead proceed with an online-only event, called Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online.

    What This Means For Everyone

    Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online will not feature a live event in Minnesota. Instead, we will move the event to online-only, broadcasting the event from our studio with participants performing speedruns from the safety of their homes.

    SGDQ2020 Online, benefiting Doctors Without Borders, will maintain our previously announced dates, broadcasting live from August 16-23, 2020 starting at 11:30 AM Eastern on twitch.tv/gamesdonequick.

    What This Means For Runners

    Runners who have already submitted for SGDQ 2020:
    Round 2 Submissions for SGDQ2020 will not be erased, but the following must be completed for your submissions to be considered for SGDQ2020 Online:

    • Must complete form sent to your email by June 17th. Emails go out by end of day June 8th
    • Runners will have all their previous SGDQ2020 runs automatically withdrawn if they do not fill out the form by the deadline
    • If the form is filled out, the GDQ Games Committee will keep any runs you’ve deemed suitable for an online marathon in consideration for the event

    Runners who have not submitted for SGDQ 2020, but would like to submit games for SGDQ 2020 Online:

    • Submissions via your profile will be reopened from June 8th - 17th
    • The submission limit will remain 5 for new and existing runners
    • Previous SGDQ2020 runners will need to free up submission slots by withdrawing some submissions if they previously used all 5 slots.

    Regarding New Game Submissions

    As we are not holding an additional New Games Submissions period, we are accepting submissions for all old and newly released games during the entire submission period of June 8 - 17, 2020.

    Runner/Commentator Limits

    • A Solo and 2-person run may have up to 4 commentators
    • A 3-person run (no runner commentary) may have up to 3 commentators
    • A 4-person run (no runner commentary) may have up to 2 commentators

    What This Means For Volunteers

    Due to the online nature of the event, we are changing up our volunteer positions. Our onsite positions will be converted into remote-only and will be drawn from the existing volunteer pool. We will not be reopening volunteer apps for our converted positions at this time.

    Selected volunteers will be notified by July 2nd and will be asked to agree to volunteer remotely for this event. The positions which require additional tech will have to pass a tech check to ensure they have the necessary equipment/capabilities.

    Converted Volunteer Positions

    • Donations - Will be selected from volunteers who signed up for this position for SGDQ2020 previously
    • Head Donations - Likewise, will be selected from volunteers who signed up for this position for SGDQ2020 previously
    • Host - Will be selected from volunteers who signed up for this position for the August event. Host's ability to volunteer for this event will be contingent on passing a tech check prior to the event that demonstrates their ability to effectively perform the task remotely.
      • Hosts must also have access to Discord (for communication with Tech, Runners, Commentators) and a microphone (the only audio hosts will be providing)
    • Stream Checker - Will be selected from volunteers who signed up as Stream Tech or Stage Tech for SGDQ2020 previously, as the requirements are largely similar but performed remotely.

    Typical Off-site Volunteer Positions

    • Social Media Volunteer
    • Discord Moderator
    • Twitch Chat Moderator

    Application submissions for the 3 usual off-site volunteer positions above will be open from July 22nd - 29th, with selections announced on August 6th. The requirements for these positions are unchanged and can be found in the volunteer FAQ on the GDQ website.

    Those who volunteered for on-site positions for SGDQ2020 are welcome to also submit applications for the usual off-site positions.

    The following volunteer positions are not available for SGDQ2020 Online:

    • Stylist
    • Audio
    • Camera Operator
    • Photography
    • Enforcement
    • Setup/Teardown

    We thank you for your patience and understanding! Please stay tuned to our website and our Twitter for updates on the event.

    What is 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 nine-year history, including Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. We are currently the largest fundraising event globally for both charities!

    To date, Games Done Quick has raised over 22.3 million dollars for charity. We also average over 2000 people in attendance at our events, including staff, volunteers, runners, and attendees just looking to have fun and support the event!

    Two Events Annually

    Awesome Games Done Quick

    Winter

    2021: January 3-10th

    Summer Games Done Quick

    Summer

    2020: August 16-23

    Questions? Media inquiries? Looking for a job?

    Our staff can be reached on our contact page. A list of open positions can be found on our jobs page.