Harvey Relief Done Quick Marathon Set for This Weekend

The charitable run will open to game submissions later today, and is expected to fill up fast.


Games Done Quick has announced Harvey Relief Done Quick, a special charity event designed to raise awareness of and support for residents of south Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

"Harvey Relief Done Quick is official," reads a tweet from the official GDQ Twitter account. The event is scheduled to begin this Friday at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and will run through Sunday evening at 8pm ET. GDQ will be open to submissions for games viewers would like to see played during the stream. "Game Submissions will be live (via Google Forms) within the hour," the message continues.

 Harvey Relief Done Quick is expected to follow the format of other GDQ events such as Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), held every winter, and Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ), which wrapped up a few months ago. Speed runners submit games to play and, once the schedule is complete, go live at certain times so viewers can watch them perform feats of speed-running wizardry. Given how quickly Harvey Relief Done Quick came together, players will stream their games rather than congregate in-person (AGDQ and SGDQ take place in hotels and are open to the general public).   

While the stream is active, viewers are encouraged to submit donations along with messages for hosts to read aloud. Viewers can ask for donations to go toward goals linked to games scheduled for later during the event. The most (in)famous example concerns Super Metroid: Viewers put their donation toward saving animals at a critical point in the game, which takes up more time, or killing the animals, which saves time in the run.

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