About a day and a half ago, Games Done Quick finished up their AGDQ 2017 event with a pacifist run of the PC indie title, Undertale. Over the course of the previous week, the marathon brought in over 2.2 million dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. (As I write this, the current amount is $2,218,130.30 USD, which might still go up a little with late donations.)
This total smashed the previous record, set two years ago at AGDQ 2015, of 1.576 million USD. Moreover, this was the first Games Done Quick event to bring in more than a million dollars on the last day. Based on last year’s totals, it looked a bit like Games Done Quick was going to plateau at about 1.2 to 1.5 million per event, which is amazing, but this new record points to potential that I’m not even sure Games Done Quick knew existed.
I’d be interested to see what the organizers attribute the increase to. The schedule was intended to be a departure from typical with a few interesting decisions, such as shelving Super Mario 64, ending with Undertale instead of a classic JRPG, and making the blocks less obvious. At the same time, the partnership with Namco Bandai, particularly the huge prize pool on the last day, drew a lot of $125-and-up donations, leading to the comment tracker crashing in the setup block. (It crashed a few times on the last day.) Whatever the cause was, something worked, and we’ll need to see how SGDQ 2017 and AGDQ 2018 live up to these new expectations.
Speaking of which, SGDQ 2017 will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 2nd through July 9th.
How much did pcper donate???
How much did pcper donate??? Don’t tell me you are getting paid fo write an article about some charity without donating anything, right???
I did, actually, even though
I did, actually, even though money is very tight for me at the moment. You'll have to find another way to justify disliking us. :p
It was a complete bore, and
It was a complete bore, and for a “charity” that wastes a ton of money on bloated executive salaries, mostly works in “awareness” on a small scale which is hardly needed. To top it off, players are constantly interrupted with weepy donation messages and aren’t even allowed to swear even when they are playing games about murdering people like GTA. What a waste of money for a mediocre charity and a mediocre event.
What a ray of sunshine you
What a ray of sunshine you are.