Yes, the 2019 Awesome Games Done Quick event is underway, and for those who have never heard of it, it’s basically a series of video game marathons, where players perform speedruns for a live audience with thousands watching live on Twitch. This year, it takes place at the Rockville Hotel in Washington D.C. and proceeds benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation. In 2018, the event raised $2,295,191 for the foundation, and so far, ADGQ has raised more than $9 million. Read more for the livestream and additional information.
The speedrunners take turns demonstrating their skill at beating various video games in the quickest possible time, and sometimes these runs may be executed in an unusual or specific way, such as fully completing every level, completing a game blindfolded, or even featuring multiple runners racing against one another to complete a game first. They include both retro and modern titles, with runs featuring commentary from the runner(s) themselves or experienced commentators, as well as donation messages.
“Today’s action kicks off at noon with Vysuals in a speedrun of Hollow Knight. Other highlights this afternoon include V0oid and stew_ facing off in runs of Donkey Kong Country (at 2:42 p.m.) and mr.deagle and The Master teaming up in Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter,” reports The Verge.