Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), an annual week-long celebration of speedrunning, is almost upon us. Between January 9th and 16th, you’ll be able to watch one expert gamer after another race through their favorite titles to show off their skill and, hopefully, break some world records.
For the second year running, AGDQ will be held as a virtual event due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Unfortunately, runners won’t have a raucous in-person crowd to cheer them on. Still, you can watch the entire event live on Twitch, via the Games Done Quick channel (or the embed below), starting at noon ET on Sunday. If you can’t watch the action as it happens, you’ll be able to catch up later on YouTube.
The schedule is packed with some fascinating-sounding runs. On Wednesday, two GeoGuessr players will shoot for a perfect score by finding the exact locations of random Google Street View images. Next Saturday, a runner named Mitchriz will try to beat Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a typically tough game by FromSoftware, as quickly as possible — and they’ll be blindfolded. Recent games making their first appearance at AGDQ include Deathloop, Death’s Door, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal and Psychonauts 2.
The Games Done Quick organization has raised millions for good causes over the last decade. AGDQ is one of the two main events the group runs each year, with Summer Games Done Quick typically taking place in June or July.