As anyone knows, unless they have been stuck under a rock for the entirety of 2020, COVID-19 is a big problem. The exceptionally lethal virus has infected more than 2 million people across the globe in 2020, leading to the deaths of more than 150,000 people in various countries. The US alone has at least 700,000 infections with nearly 40,000 deaths, all over the course of the last couple of months. This virus is incredibly infectious and pretty lethal, leading to major problems for the healthcare systems of the world.
Events and gatherings around the world are also getting canned. E3 2020 and Gamescom 2020 have both been cancelled or revamped respectively. The games industry is really having quite a rough time, as is pretty much everyone. Various charities and community organizations have stepped up to help out as the economic downturn from the lockdowns spreading across the globe have caused tons of chaos. Corona Relief Done Quick is the latest effort from Games Done Quick that aims to help with these problems by raising money for Direct Relief.
All donations made for the event will be put toward a general fund that helps support Direct Relief. The charity is aimed at helping healthcare providers across the globe work toward dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. The donations put toward the event will go directly to hospitals and organizations on the frontline of the viral outbreaks, helping address ongoing concerns over supply shortages and other issues.
The full schedule can be found here. There are a ton of games being played, both across the retro and modern categories. Sonic the Hedgehog, Castlevania and Kirby games are spread across the entire schedule, offering plenty of nostalgia for fun. Modern games like Resident Evil 7, NieR Automata and many more titles fill out the roster.
The event started on Friday, offering gamers a variety of speedruns and other entertainment for gamers to enjoy, hoping that they contribute to the charity effort.