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TwitchCon’s GDQx raises over $150,000 for the AbleGamers Foundation

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James can usually be found wearing dungarees, playing Hearthstone, drinking coffee, or all of the above. For his sins, he has been cursed to forever main heavies in Smash.

GDQx, or Games Done Quick Express, took place over the weekend at TwitchCon. Being a shorter event than Summer Games Done Quick and Awesome Games Done Quick, it was of course smaller in scale, but fans watched in their tens of thousands as speedrunners took turns blasting through a massive variety of games, from the exquisite Cadence of Hyrule to the questionable Rambo.

You can find all of the speedruns uploaded to GDQ’s YouTube channel with our personal favourites being Orcastraw’s Breath of the Wild Shrine Rush and the completely bizarre Shrek 2, played by Cynaschism. We must’ve missed the bit at the end of the film when Shrek throws fruit at Fairy Godmother to overcome her nefarious scheme, but the game includes it so it’s got to be real. These later runs will be uploaded over the course of the coming day.

In the end, a total of $152,350.81 was raised by 4078 donors for the AbleGamers Foundation, an organisation that aims to help disabled people find a more inclusive space in the gaming world. They do this through directly assisting individuals who require specialist kit and peripherals, as well as working alongside game developers and publishers to promote accessibility in the design of games.

That’ll be it for GDQ for 2019 though, with the event’s ten year anniversary celebration taking place between the 5th and 12th of January 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Mark the date down and check out some of the speedruns - it promises to be a big one.

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