The organizers behind Games Done Quick pitched the event on Twitter in response to the hurricane that devastated parts of Texas last week. Over the span of a couple of days, the group assembled speedrunners and drafted donation incentives to fill out a weekend's worth of programming for the event.
In its first twelve hours alone, Harvey Relief Done Quick raised $52,000 before closing out the weekend with $227,876 raised.
Games Done Quick typically hosts two events a year, Summer Games Done Quick and Awesome Games Done Quick, to raise funds for charity. The organization’s last week-long event, SGDQ, raised $1.76M for Doctors Without Borders. The next planned marathon, AGDQ, is scheduled for January 7-14 and will benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation.