February 3, 2023

The AGDQ 2023 charity speedrunning occasion won’t be held in Florida subsequent 12 months or wherever else, though the occasion will run a lot the identical because it has lately.

The official Video games Carried out Fast Twitter account mentioned it’s internet hosting this 12 months’s AGDQ on-line because it desires to supply a “secure and welcoming occasion” that it believes cannot be executed in Florida.

The 2021 AGDQ occasion was initially scheduled to happen at a venue in Florida, however following the affect of the COVID-19 pandemic, pace working charity occasions have moved on-line. Video games Carried out Fast then cites Florida’s harassment of LGBTQ+ folks and lack of COVID-19 vaccination mandates as explanation why they do not wish to host the occasion within the US state subsequent 12 months.

Of specific notice is Florida’s so-called “Do not Name Your self Homosexual” regulation, which was signed into regulation earlier this 12 months and bans dialogue of sexual orientation or gender identification in elementary grades, successfully ending these discussions round younger youngsters.

Video games Carried out Fast then clarifies that it can’t cowl the prices related to terminating the contract with the institution in Florida and shifting to a different location with a private presence in one other location. So subsequent 12 months AGDQ shall be on-line from January eighth to fifteenth.

“Whereas shifting on-line will enable us to avoid wasting on prices, we are going to nonetheless should recoup vital prices,” provides Video games Carried out Fast on Twitter. “We’re dedicated to restoring it wherever attainable, together with group assist via Twitch subscriptions. We thank the group for his or her assist!”

AGDQ has been working remotely since 2021, with the Summer time Video games Carried out Fast charity occasion returning in particular person after a two-year absence from Minnesota earlier this 12 months.

Again in June, SGDQ raised an unimaginable $3.01 million for the worldwide charity Médecins Sans Frontières with over 120 pace runs demonstrating technical expertise and use of the sport. With this occasion, GDQ’s whole fundraising since 2010 has exceeded $40 million.

If you wish to assist LGBTQ+ pursuits and be taught extra about it, we advocate you try: Stonewall and Kaleidoscope. It’s also possible to try RED for extra info on COVID-19.

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