The annual Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) speedrunning marathon is returning for its 2023 edition on January 8th, running until January 15th. This year’s event will see skilled players competing to finish games as quickly as possible, with the possibility of seeing world records being broken.
AGDQ to be Held Entirely Online
For the third year in a row, AGDQ will be held entirely online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally planned to take place in Florida with a live audience, but organizers decided against it due to the state’s
“continued disregard for COVID-19’s dangers (including anti-mandate vaccination policies) and an increased aggression towards LGBTQ+ individuals.”
They stated that they “do not believe it is a safe place for our community at this time,” and that relocating to a “safer location” was not financially feasible.
As a result of the online format, speedrunners will not have an in-person crowd to cheer them on during the marathon.
How to Watch
The entire event will be streamed on Twitch via the Games Done Quick channel, and can also be watched through the embedded stream below. If you are unable to watch the marathon live, you can catch up on missed runs or rewatch your favorites on the GDQ YouTube channel.
Lineup of Popular and Unique Speedruns
This year’s Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) speedrunning marathon, taking place from January 8th to 15th, features a schedule full of interesting runs.
Stray, Cult of the Lamb, and Neon White, a game designed specifically for speedrunning, will make their AGDQ debuts.
Fan-favorite games such as
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Portal will also be featured
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
One notable run to look out for is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge run, as well as a six-player team attempting to speedclean a variety of vehicles in PowerWash Simulator.
I’m Going to Die if I Don’t Eat Sushi!
Another interesting run to watch is for the game titled “I’m going to die if I don’t eat sushi!”, which caught the attention of viewers upon seeing it on the schedule.
Unfortunately, Elden Ring will not be featured in this year’s marathon unless added as a bonus game.
AGDQ 2023 with Record-Breaking Fundraiser
The annual Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) speedrunning marathon is back for its 2023 edition, taking place from January 8th to 15th. AGDQ is known not only for its impressive lineup of skilled players competing to finish games as quickly as possible but also for its charitable efforts.
In 2022, the event raised a record-breaking $3.4 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and since its inception in 2010, AGDQ and its sister event, Summer Games Done Quick, have raised over $41 million for charity.
This year’s marathon will kick off at noon ET on Sunday with an any-percent run of Splatoon 3, allowing the player to utilize glitches for a faster time.