GDQ founder steps down after 13 years and greater than $41 million raised

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The founding father of speedrunning establishment Games Done Quick is heading off to search out new horizons following greater than a decade of serving to organise epic runs for charity. GDQ announced that Mike Uyama will go away the organisation when Awesome Games Done Quick 2023, which started on January eighth, concludes. Uyama’s substitute as proprietor and managing director of GDQ is Matt Merkle, the organisation’s present director of operations.

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“Since I began Games Done Quick, I’ve seen it develop from a small volunteer effort to the thriving group that it’s at this time,” Uyama stated. “I’d not have been in a position to do it with out the assistance of Matt Merkle and the expansion of GDQ wouldn’t have been potential with out the assistance of the speedrunning neighborhood, which has grown each in measurement and variety over time.” Uyama isn’t positive what he’s transferring on to do subsequent, however did point out he’s planning to take a vacation first.

Uyama organised the primary AGDQ again in January 2010, which raised greater than $10,000 for the aid company CARE from the consolation of his mom’s basement. Since then, GDQ have diversified with the annual Summer Games Done Quick occasion and different particular marathons held throughout the remainder of the yr. More than $41 million (£34 million) has been raised for charities up to now by the organisation’s numerous marathons, largely for Prevent Cancer and Doctors Without Borders.

This yr’s AGDQ is as soon as once more being held as a digital-only occasion. Today sees an Any% run of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines and a New Game Plus run of Yakuza Kiwami however, as I famous when the schedule was revealed again in November, different PC runs in the course of the week embody a PowerWash Simulator no-soap run on January thirteenth and a bonus Any% run of catpunk journey Stray lined up for January twelfth. You can learn the complete speedrunning schedule for AGDQ 2023 here.

Awesome Games Done Quick is working all this week in support of the Prevent Cancer, and ends on Sunday, January fifteenth. You can tune in on Games Done Quick’s Twitch channel, YouTube, and their site.

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