Feeling hot, hot, hot…
Look, I don’t know where the year goes either, but we are, once again, preparing for one of the most exciting and most fun weeks of the entire gaming year — Yes, Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) will be upon us once again in a little over a month’s time, as some of the fastest fingers in the world take on a cavalcade of new and old titles, and all in aid of a very worthy cause.
SGDQ 2023, which will kick off on Sunday, May 28, before winding up one week later on Sunday, June 4, will take place as a hybrid online/in-person event, and will see expert players from all over the globe will come together for seven days of electric speedruns, player vs player races, and unique and sometimes mind-blowing challenges. The GDQ team will, of course, be on hand for player interviews, viewer contests, and to read out messages of support from the home audience.
The official #SGDQ2023 schedule is here!! Which runs are you 100% tuning in for? 💙https://t.co/PjOLrdHHhs pic.twitter.com/aXEFHaq5q7
— Games Done Quick 🔜 #SGDQ2023 (@GamesDoneQuick) April 12, 2023
Looking at this year’s schedule, we can see that almost all generations of gaming will be repped at this year’s events, with a bevy of runs on modern titles such as Elden Ring, Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, Lil Gator Game, and Fire Emblem Engage, as well as showings from speedrun stalwarts in the Metroid, Castlevania, Mega Man, and Legend of Zelda franchises. Of course, the strange and obscure will also be on deck, with runs planned for titles such as Final Fight 3, the X-Men arcade, Shatterhand, and the abominable SNES release, Wayne’s World.
As always, viewers will be able to donate to the event throughout the week, with all proceeds going to non-profit organization Medecins Sans Frontieres, an international network of professional healthcare workers who provide medical aid, care, and relief to those who need it, wherever it’s needed, regardless of race, color, creed, or political persuasion. Last year’s SGDQ event raised an amazing $3.01 million USD, and here’s hoping that this year’s event will be equally as successful.
SGDQ 2023 will take place between May 28 and June 4, 2023. The in-person event will take place at The Hilton Minneapolis hotel, and all streams will be available for viewing live on the GDQ Twitch channel.