SGDQ speedrunning marathon will return offline in 2022
Attendees at AGDQ 2020, the last offline event before SGDQ 2022.
Games Done Quick photo by Joey Seabaugh

SGDQ speedrunning marathon will return offline in 2022

After four online marathons, GDQ is in person again

On Thursday, Games Done Quick announced that GDQ competition will return offline with its next speedrunning marathon, Summer Games Done Quick 2022. After four consecutive online events, SGDQ 2022 will be the organization’s first in-person marathon since Awesome Games Done Quick in January of 2020.

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Like the last in-person SGDQ in 2019, this year’s event will take place in Bloomington, Minnesota. Speedrunners will gather together for a non-stop video game marathon from June 26 – July 3. At the event, they will raise money for Doctors Without Borders.

During GDQ’s most recent marathon, AGDQ 2022, the speedrunning community raised more than $3.4 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, marking the largest amount of money raised in GDQ history. Additionally, despite a dip in donations toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the past three GDQ events have each raised more money than the last.

What to know about SGDQ 2022

The event organizers have already announced several COVID-19 precautions for SGDQ 2022. These included a vaccine mandate, a KN95 or N95 mask requirement, social distancing precautions and a limited attendance cap. The organizers have also requested that no more than two attendees stay in each hotel room.

Certain activities from past events, like the board game room and panels, will not return this year as they are “not currently feasible” with the event’s COVID-19 policies. In addition, other activities will have a limited scope compared to previous years, such as the arcade. The organizers will release a document detailing all of the event’s COVID-19 policies on March 21.

Players will have the opportunity to submit their speedruns for consideration from March 21-30. While most runs will happen on-site in Bloomington, the organizers still intend to accept a limited number of remote runs. Finally, individuals will be able to apply for volunteer positions at SGDQ 2022 beginning on April 11.

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Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.