The annual Summer Games Done Quick announced today they are changing thief format for 2020 and are taking the event online. The plans for SGDQ have changed a few times ever since the COVID-19 outbreak forced people to reorganized and adjust to life with ever-changing circumstances. Originally the plan was to push the event back in the hopes that things would get better, much like other conventions had done with others still not confirming they have canceled yet. However, today we've learned the plans for SGDQ to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota has been canceled and the new plan is to do SGDQ online. The event will now be called Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online and will be held from August 16th-23rd, 2020 in support of Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières. Here are a few quotes from the team about the change in plans.
"We would like to thank the community for its patience while we were figuring out the best way to proceed with Summer Games Done Quick 2020," said Kasumi Yogi, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Games Done Quick. "We're excited to continue showcasing some of the most talented speedrunners in the world while observing best practices to keep everyone safe in the midst of a global pandemic."
"We are extremely excited that SGDQ will be held online this year," said Jeremy Wells, Fundraising Manager at Doctors Without Borders. "We'll be able to keep up the momentum of MSF's biggest annual global fundraiser, while also acknowledging the challenges we are all facing during these unprecedented times. See you online in August!"
One hundred percent of all SGDQ 2020 Online donations go directly to Doctors Without Borders, with the entire event taking place on the organization's official Twitch channel. Hopefully, we'll hear more soon about participants and games to be played in the weeks to come. Since 2010, GDQ has raised over $26 million for multiple charities around the world.