GDQ founder steps down after 13 years and over $41 million raised

The founding father of pace racing establishment Video video games Completed Quick is headed to search out new horizons after greater than a decade of serving to set up epic races for charity. GDQ introduced that Mike Uyama shall be leaving the group on the conclusion of Superior Video video games Completed Quick 2023, which started on January 8. Uyama’s substitute as GDQ’s proprietor and managing director is Matt Merkle, the group’s present chief working officer.

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“Since I began Video video games Completed Quick, I’ve watched it develop from a small volunteer effort to the thriving group it’s in the present day,” stated Uyama. “I could not have achieved it with out the assistance of Matt Merkle, and the expansion of GDQ would not have been attainable with out the assistance of the sprinting group, which has grown in each dimension and variety over time.” Uyama is not positive what he’ll do subsequent, however he talked about that he plans to take a trip first.

Uyama organized the primary AGDQ in January 2010, which raised greater than $10,000 for reduction company CARE from the consolation of her mom’s basement. Since then, GDQ has branched out with the annual Summer time season Video video games Completed Quick occasion and different particular marathons that happen all through the remainder of the 12 months. Greater than $41 million (£34 million) has been raised for charity up to now within the group’s numerous marathons, primarily for Forestall Most cancers and Docs With out Borders.

This 12 months’s AGDQ is as soon as once more held as an solely digital occasion. In the present day we see an Any% run of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines and a run of Yakuza Kiwami’s New Recreation Plus however, as I famous when the schedule was revealed again in November, different PC runs all through the week embrace a soap-free run of PowerWash Simulator on January 13 and an extra run of Any% of the catpunk journey Stray scheduled for January 12. You possibly can learn the complete speedrunning calendar for AGDQ 2023 right here.

Superior Video video games Completed Quick is operating all this week in assist of Forestall Most cancers and ends Sunday January fifteenth. You possibly can tune in to Video video games Completed Quick’s Twitch channel, YouTube, and his website.