Get Your Speedrun Fix With This Week's ESA Marathon for Save the Chiildren

The European Speedrunner Assembly winter marathon is live all week, raising money for Save the Children.

While they might get the lion's share of the attention, the Games Done Quick marathons aren't the only speedrun marathons in town. The European Speedrunner Assembly (ESA) has been running its own marathons over the past few years, and the time has come for ESA Winter to take up a whopping five days of your February.

Starting today and lasting until January 23, ESA Winter features a host of games and runners in a familiar format that garners donations for the Save the Children charity; 86% of every dollar donated to Save the Children goes to its mission.

ESA Winter itself is coming out swinging, with a healthy mix of popular and recent titles in its first day. Some fantastic runs for Darksiders 3, Horizon Zero Dawn, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Resident Evil 2 are just some of the titles displayed today.

However, some of the best is yet to come; the list of titles coming to the marathon is a very juicy mix of old and new. Some notable runs to watch tomorrow, February 19, are XCOM 2, Tony Hawk's Underground 2, Mega Man 11, and what appears to be a Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition game.

... Wait. D&D?

Yep. It's ESA.

The rest of the week is packed with further gems that require some serious skills. Dark Souls, Super Mario Odyssey, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Kingdom Hearts 3, and many more games will be run this week as ESA Winter pushes on to raise money for Save the Children.

ESA has come a long way from its sound-issue-laden beginnings, and its game spread this time around is nothing to scoff at.

Check it out, scan the schedule, and be sure to donate to Save the Children if you can. 

Associate Editor

I've been playing games since '89, and arcade-style games and roguelikes/lites are my jam. Favorite RPG series are Final Fantasy and SaGa. Very asocial.

Platforms Tags speed run
Source esamarathon.com
Published Feb. 18th 2019

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