Legend of Zelda Speedrun Charity

AGDQ Raises $1.5 Million for Charity

January 12, 2015 2:02 PM

By: Robert Grosso

 

Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 has raised over $1.5 million in the span of a week.

The  AGDQ charity, an organized, bi-annual speed gaming marathon, was about to net a grand total of $1,556,117.41, after completing 164 speedruns from January 4th to January 11th. Partnerships and sponsors included Humble Bundle, Tiny Build Games,  The Yetee and Something Artistic.

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All of the speedruns were done live on Twitch TV, with a total of 29,638 donor's contributing 38,997  donations. The Humble Bundle also offered a special "Awesome Games Done Quickly 2015" bundle, that netted 101,616 bundles sold.  The charity shattered their projected goal of $1 million dollars by 50%, exceeding the numbers from last year's event. All proceeds were donated to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to cancer research, education and community outreach.

Among the games played during the speedrun included a healthy mix of classic titles and new games such as Mega Man, Shovel Knight, and Portal. The highlight of the charity was near the finale, however, involving The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. A speedrunner going by the appropriate name Runnerguy248 was able to complete the first three dungeons of Ocarina of Time not only within 95 minutes, but did so blindfolded.

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The AGDQ will run again this summer around July, according to their home website. It is still not too late to donate, however. Yetee.com is showcasing t-shirts in honor of the AGDQ for $11, with $3.00 of the proceeds going to the charity. You can also still donate normally on their website today.

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Author: Robert Grosso | Staff Writer
A longtime player of games, creator of worlds, and teacher of minds. Robert has worked many positions over the years, from college professor to education coordinator in his day job, while being a… Read More