Games Done Quick has banned or temporarily suspended runners in the past for incidents involving political apparel and runner profanity. As the event has grown, organizers have taken extra steps to cut down on perceived controversies and community toxicity. During AGDQ 2018, they set their Twitch chat to subscriber-only mode in an effort to cut down on spam and hate speech.


Games Done Quick’s rules specify that any individual attempting to enter the event while under the influence of illicit substances is subject to possible disciplinary action. First-time offenders receive a verbal warning while a second offense is grounds for being removed from the event “with the possibility of banishment from future events.” The rules urge caution for individuals in possession of medical or recreational marijuana.

“Marijuana is a very complicated subject and we understand this,” the rules say on the charity’s website. “Often there is no transfer of licenses or prescriptions between states. And some states flat out do not allow for any kind of marijuana use at all. However, in keeping with the overall rules of Games Done Quick and Twitch’s Terms of Service, anyone using marijuana at the event must be able to prove they are doing so legally by the laws of the state the event is held in. You are responsible for finding out what the local laws are and making sure you are in compliance.”


When contacted by Kotaku via email, a representative of Games Done Quick said: “As a company policy we do not publicly discuss enforcement actions.” Games Done Quick’s rules specify that regardless of the situation, individuals found in violation of local laws are still subject to discipline.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 took place in Herndon, Virginia from January 7th to 14th, raising $2,294,612 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. At the time, Virginia had yet to adopt widespread medical marijuana laws. In February, the State Senate and House of Delegates voted to allow doctors to recommend their use for the treatment of any diagnosed illness or condition.


“As a result, the two time cancer survivor is now banned from a cancer marathon,” BubblesDelFuego said in his livestream. “I’ve come to terms that I’m banned and no longer going. I’ve taken this week off to reflect and calm down and to gather my thoughts and words. I’m not done speedrunning or streaming or being the best. By the way, I’m still the best.”

Correction - 11:55am, March 6: We’ve corrected the post to note that the BubblesDelFuego said the panic attack occurred eight hours after consumption, not one. We’ve also corrected two quotes to accurately match what was said by Bubbles’ about avoiding “fees and jail” (not “fees in jail”) and to clarify that he says he is “not” done speedrunning. We apologize for the errors.