The founder and managing director of Video games Executed Fast (GDQ), Mike Uyuma, has introduced that he’ll be stepping down from the position and “taking a break” after the 2023 Superior Video games Executed Fast On-line occasion. The present GDQ operations director, Matt Merkle, will take over the position.

The primary Video games Executed Fast occasion occurred in 2010, and was broadcast from the basement of Uyuma’s mom’s home. Over the 13 years since, the organisation has raised greater than $41 million for charities together with the Stop Most cancers Basis and Médecins Sans Frontières.

The varied Video games Executed Fast occasions have attracted consideration over time for showcasing some outstanding feats of speedrunning, and the bizarre and generally weird approaches that speedrunners take to every part from Half-Life to Minecraft. A very memorable occasion final 12 months was the debut of a customized Zelda construct, which actually was magnificent.

“Since I began Video games Executed Fast, I’ve seen it develop from a small volunteer effort to the thriving group that it’s right this moment,” mentioned Uyama. “I’d not have been capable of do it with out the assistance of Matt Merkle and the expansion of GDQ wouldn’t have been potential with out the assistance of the speedrunning neighborhood, which has grown each in measurement and variety over time. I’m unsure where I’ll go subsequent, however one factor I’m positive about is that I’ll take a break and a trip earlier than diving headfirst into my subsequent journey.”

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Superior Video games Executed Fast On-line 2023, which broadcasts over January 8-15 on the organisation’s Twitch channel, shall be Uyuma’s closing occasion, with the proceeds going to the Stop Most cancers Basis.

“I really feel extremely honored to be entrusted with the way forward for GDQ by Uyama, and can do every part I can to construct upon the muse he has constructed for the group since its inception,” mentioned Merkle. “It’s unimaginable to see how a lot we’ve grown, transitioning from a bunch of mates in a basement to an organization with over 50 workers members, elevating thousands and thousands of {dollars} for charity! I look ahead to working with the speedrunning neighborhood and our workers going ahead, and I hope to guide GDQ to new fundraising data!”