I can’t recall if I have ever mentioned that I love watching gaming speedruns. Thankfully, Games Done Quick, abbreviated as GDQ, is here to combine two of my favorite things in gaming, speedrunning and charity. You heard me right, GDQ hosts some of the biggest speedrunning marathons on the internet, and raises millions of dollars every year for charity.
That all being said, how many of you out there honestly knew about this prior to reading that paragraph? I would wager money on the fact that this type of event will come as a surprise for many people tuning into this. Well I sat down with Kungfufruitcup, abbreviated as Fu, to discuss what GDQ exactly is and the various special events they host every year. So join us in this discussion as we bust that myth that gaming communities don’t do a lot of fundraising for charity.
So Fu, Would You Care to Introduce Yourself?
Originally I Found You Through Twitch. How Long Have You Been Doing That?
What Would You Say is Some of Your Favorite Memories of Streaming? Just in General, Like Building Your Community and Stuff Like That?
You Do Charity Work With GDQ, but You Also Tend to Do Some on Your Own. Can You Tell Me a Little Bit About Those Events and How You Choose Them?
Have You Ever Worked With or Raised Money For That Hits Closer to Home?
I Loved The Background. Now, Let’s Dig Into What We Came Here to Initially Discuss. For Those That Don’t Know, What Exactly is GDQ?
Summer Games Done Quick is Coming Up Soon Right?
*Quick note here, the dates for the event are July 4th through July 11th
So Fu, What Exactly Do You Do for Games Done Quick?
Prior in Our Conversation, You Mentioned GDQ HOTFIX. Can You Tell Us More About That?
They Sound Like a Blast. So What Sort of Preparation Goes Into Putting On one of the Bigger Marathons?
It Definitely Sounds Stressful to Plan Something that Large.So, What Charities Does GDQ Normally Work With or Do They Mix it Up?
Do You Have An Idea of How Much GDQ Has Raised for Charity Overall?
*Another side note here. After we concluded the interview, the GDQ website was updated with a new total value of $31 million. Great job to them for sure on this and hope they keep at it.
Thank You So Much For Your Time Fu. Is There Anything You Would Like to Talk About Before We Sign Off?
We also had a lengthy conversation about convention edict and that you have to reserve a spot to attend GDQ events in person. I really encourage you all to listen to the audio so you can hear even more about the GDQ process as well as some neat convention stories throughout.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Fu again for sitting down with me and doing this interview. Hope that you folks all enjoyed this interview, and that you found your new favorite event to tune into. I want to remind you all that the next GDQ event is SGDQ, which you can check out on their Twitch linked below. And for those that listened to the podcast, Fu was nice enough to provide a link to her website where she has a tips page for attending conventions.
Alright folks, I am going to head out. Going to give you a heads up that I already have my next interview lined up. Be sure to check back in with us at BDG for gaming news and reviews and I will see you later folks.