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Video game event raises over $3 million for Doctors Without Borders in one week

/ 05:50 PM July 02, 2019

A week-long video game event raised over $3 million for Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization.

Summer Games Done Quickly (GDQ) features a variety of video games played at different speeds, and happened from June 23 to 30, in Minnesota, United States.

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Attendees at the Summer Games Done Quick event. Image: Twitter/@GamesDoneQuick

More than 50,000 individuals donated during the event, with the average of all the donations at around $60 (about P3,000), as per PC Gamer on Sunday, June 30.

As GDQ came to a close, the organizers revealed the exact amount raised from the week-long event: $3,003,889 (over P153 million).

The amount raised this year beats their previous record of $2.1 million raised during last year’s DGQ event, as per report.

Over 2,600 people attended the event while more than 156,000 streamed the event online through Twitch, a popular live-streaming site for the gaming community.

Viewers who streamed via Twitch were encouraged to donate to reach certain incentives that affect the playing experience of the gamers featured during the event. Some incentives include making the gamers try more difficult challenges and winning prizes from the event.

GDQ events have been held since 2010, raising money for several charities; Doctors Without Borders being one of the most common organizations donated to. Their next charity marathon is set for September at TwitchCon, an annual convention for the streaming platform. Ryan Arcadio/JB

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