Games Done Quick Express 2019

How to Attend

Games Done Quick event attendance is open to the general public. You don't need to be a speedrunner, and you don't need to volunteer! However, you do need to register before the deadline to attend! See below for all the information you need.

Registration for GDQX2019 is not yet open!

Registration opens on August 1, 2019. Hotel reservation and group rates will be available here at 7PM PDT (1 hour after registration opens).

Event Hotel Information

Overflow Block NOW AVAILABLE

Overflow hotel is the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, located at 5601 West 78th St., Bloomington, MN 55439. This is situated directly across the street from the main event hotel, with a dedicated crosswalk to the main hotel, making it a highly convenient backup option!

Hotel rates are $140/night for a double. All rooms have minifridges and free wi-fi. There is a fitness center on-site and parking is free.

Book a room at the overflow hotel here!

We do expect availability to be limited, so make sure to book as soon as possible. This will be the only official overflow block for the event.
The largest number of rooms are available from June 23-29th

This event will be taking place at the DoubleTree Hilton Bloomington-Minneapolis Hotel, located in Bloomington, MN. The group rate is available by using the "Book Rooms for Event" option on the right.

Do not attempt to book by any other method unless instructed by GDQ staff. In order to ensure a fair and and impartial booking process, attempts to book by means other than described in our guide may result in cancellations, especially if attempting to book rooms prior to block opening.

The event starts at 12PM local time on September 27, and ends early morning September 29 (typically 12AM-3AM). There is a setup/unpack day prior and teardown/packing on the last day. However, various event services, restaurant deals, and materials may not be available outside the main event.


There is an on-site uncovered parking lot, free for all guests.


The hotel has free wifi provided for our guest rooms. However, we ask that you please refrain from using the wifi for watching the event stream. The hotel will be broadcasting our stream on all guest room televisions.

The hotel has a fitness room and a large indoor pool.

All guest rooms have a minifridge. Note that there will not be a hospitality (cafeteria) area at this hotel. Outside food must be consumed inside your hotel room.

This event has an outdoor area reserved for GDQ attendees. We are investigating different opportunities for games in this area - Basketball and Bean Bag Toss were featured last SGDQ.

Safety and Security

In addition to GDQ's own enforcement staff and volunteers, there will also be hired security at the event, 24 hours a day. Any bags left unattended may be removed by security, so do not leave your bags in any event space.


This hotel has a free shuttle service. The hotel will be running shuttles to and from the airport the whole week, but note that shuttles do not run overnight. Exact shuttle schedules will be provided in our attendee email, sent a couple weeks prior to the event. The hotel will also offer free shuttles on demand to the nearby Mall of America, when available.


The hotel has a number of food options in walking distance, in addition to the Mall of America and downtown options available via public transit.

Event Info

Age Restrictions

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian at all times. Parents/Guardians will need to fill out and pay for registration as instructed below. During the process of filling out your user profile, you will see an option labeled "I'm Bringing Children". Select that, and fill out the names of the children you will be bringing, up to a maximum of four per parent/guardian. Children are free under their parent/guardian's registration. Children must wear their child badge (provided during the parent/guardian's check-in at the event) at all times.

Anyone 16 or older must have their own paid registration. They may not be listed as a child under a parent/guardian and any such registration may be rendered invalid. Attendees between the ages of 16 and 17 will require a parent/guardian's signature during registration.

So how do I sign up?

  1. Sign up for a Games Done Quick Account (if you haven't already).
  2. Provide your birthdate when prompted.
  3. Head on over to your profile, and create your user profile.
  4. Return to your your profile, and complete the event registration form.
  5. Head back to your profile once more, and submit your payment for registration to the event.

Keep in mind: you can only register to attend for yourself. No one else may register for you. If you attempt to give away, trade, or sell a registration, it may be cancelled without refund. If someone has tried to give you or sell you a registration, please inform Games Done Quick management.

There is a cap of 2600 for this event. We are splitting the registration availability into two waves. Wave one opens March 28th at 6PM PDT. Wave two (the final wave) opens March 31st at 11AM PDT. You will find the option to register and pay in your profile when the waves have begun. The option will disappear once the cap has been reached.

Remember: you have not reserved a spot at the event until you complete payment. You will know you're good to go when you see the in your profile!

Refunds will be available until registration closes on August 2, 2019 11:59 PM PDT.

Congratulations, that's it!

You will receive an email receipt once your payment has been processed, typically within a few minutes. The email will be from Stripe, our credit card processor.

What you get for registering

When you check-in with the check-in desk at the event, you will receive a badge. In order to pick up a badge, you must have a valid government issued photo ID (passport, drivers license, state ID, etc). If you do not have one, make sure to get one immediately, as IDs can take weeks or more to obtain. The badge is valid for the entire event, including setup days. The schedule for check-in will be in our attendee guide, emailed a couple weeks prior to the event.

Event Airport Transportation Guide

There is only one nearby airport (MSP), and the hotel provides free shuttle service to and from the airport. The shuttle does not run past midnight. Contact the hotel if you have questions about shuttle times and availability. Make sure to wait at the hotel pickup line at the airport, not the taxi or other shuttle lines.