The now-accredited online-only Awesome Games Done Quick 2023 event will run from January 8 to 15, with a full lineup of speedruns lined up so that the broadcast can stay live 24 hours a day for the whole week.
Fans can expect the same high-quality performance from expert speedrunners who are able to beat their opponents as quickly as possible, all to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. But unlike Summer Games Done Quick 2022, AGDQ 2023 will not be returning to an in-person setting.
As a result of the states continued disregard for COVID-19s dangers (including anti-mandate vaccination policies) and an increased aggression toward LGBTQ+ individuals, including the law commonly referred to as Dont Say Gay, we do not believe it is a safe place for our community at this time.
Together with a venue contract that has already been locked up in Florida that was too costly to move while paying a cancellation fee, these factors resulted in the event maintaining the online-only status it has been using since January 2020.
With each individual event, online GDQ has improved its digital product, reaching a point where there were still plenty of speedrunners doing their runs remotely at SGDQ 2022, thus far, the marathon's impact far outweighs the limitations set by an in-person venue.
GDQ has raised more than $41 million for organizations including Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Submissions for the game lineup and event volunteers will go live on September 11, with further information available on the GDQ website.