Speedrunning for Charity

  title={Speedrunning for Charity},
  author={Stephen Tsung-Han Sher and Norman Makoto Su},
  journal={Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction},
  pages={1 - 26}
Games Done Quick (GDQ) is both a week-long video game speedrunning marathon and a successful charity event, raising more than $1.5 million USD in each of its past five events. To understand GDQ's success as an online charity event, we conducted 18 semi-structured interviews with GDQ speedrunners, attendees, hosts, and online viewers, analyzed past donation data, and conducted 72 hours of in-person participant observations at a live GDQ event. We found that central to every GDQ event is "the… 


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