Awesome Games Done Quick 2018

Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 lasted from January 5th until January 15th in Herndon, Virginia. The event raised money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Here’s a roundup of news articles about the event.

More Money Raised Than Ever Before

Among the biggest news from the event is that streamers raised more money than in any Games Done Quick event: $2.26 million. Owen S. Good covers the story for Polygon. Haydn Taylor covers it for gamesindustry.biz and Chris Kerr for GamaSutra. Ethan Gach at Kotaku also broke down some of the higher earners, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, where players donated $70,000 to vote on which language the speedrunner should choose.

Chat Function Draws Ire

Aside from that great news, Julia Alexander covered a controversial move by Games Done Quick to charge $5 for viewers to participate in the channel’s chat room. According to her article, Games Done Quick made this decision so that it will be easier to moderate. Supposedly, people are less likely to spam the channel or use hate speech if they paid to join.

However, users began using Twitch’s “host mode”, which allows people to rebroadcast someone else’s feed. The original channel broadcaster receives all advertising income, but it allows people to create chat rooms separate from the Games Done Quick official chat. Alexander’s full article is available here.

Shack News’ Favorite Moments

Ozzie Meija at Shacknews covers some of the publication’s favorite moments at AGDQ 2018. Some of these include Zach Allard defeating Mike Tyson’s Punch Out! and Super Punch Out using the same controller; a Mega Man series relay race between Team Auto, Team Beat, Team Roll, and Team Rush; and Erika Willis defeating a Dark Souls III boss blindfolded.

Relevant Links

featured image comes from Erika Willis’ Dark Souls III speed run, rights belong to Games Done Quick and believed to be used in accordance with fair use

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