The organizers of the Fast Game Charity Marathon are taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. While other major gaming event organizers tried to hold in-person events during different restrictionsThe sprint scene hasn’t seen a GDQ event in person since January last year. All of the GDQ events held since that time have taken place entirely online, which didn’t stop them from piling up Millions of dollars in donations. It now appears that the organizers of GDQ don’t plan to resume in-person events anytime soon, as they just announced that the Awesome Games Done Quick 2022 marathon will also take place online.
GDQ organizers have announced their current plans on Twitter page as well as them website. According to their statement, the organizers “reached this decision after much deliberation and analysis of the risks involved in holding an in-person event.” They stated that “a lot of danger and uncertainty caused by COVID-19” remains for them to comfortably hold an in-person event at this time. They thanked the community for their “support and patience as we continue to assess the ever-changing environment and work together in pursuit of a return to personal events in the future.”
Additional context for the decision
Notably, the AGDQ event moved to Orlando, Florida in early 2020 where international attendees can travel there more easily compared to previous event locations in Virginia and Maryland. This decision may have made sense at the time, but given that Florida is now a major hotspot for COVID-19 cases, it has become very difficult for GDQ organizers to host an in-person event in any form.
The fact that Awesome Games Done Quick 2022 will take place online will surely disappoint those who are eager to meet Backup in person. But with COVID-19 still a threat and made more deadly thanks to the emergence of new variants, it finally seems to be the best option at the moment. Viewers can tune in to the event as it airs from January 9 to January 16.