Speedrunning. While I’ve never been a huge fan of spectator sports, this is actually something I put in that category. I love watching other people do it and admire the level of commitment and training that it requires in order to execute these runs. Especially since I only watch it a couple of times a year.
Awesome Games Done Quick, more commonly referred to as AGDQ, is pretty much always in January and has a matching event around the middle of the year called Summer Games Done Quick. It started as a fairly small event that changed charities, but has settled into a pretty large ordeal that normally raises over a million dollars for the prevent cancer foundation.
Most of the money they raise is in the form of polls and choices for various runs throughout the event. These vary from increasing the difficulty or what route they use, to what characters and/or filenames are. In some cases it’s an either/or benchmark like a kickstarter stretch goal, or more like a traditional poll where the item that has the most money donated “wins.”
As of the time of writing they’re playing Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, which is apparently some sort Castlevania 3 spiritual successor? I’ve never heard of it, but that’s not exactly unusual. The weird quirky titles are usually some of the more interesting ones.
That’s the thing with speedruns though, you shouldn’t watch them if you don’t want to watch people tear your favorite games apart in order to complete them as fast as humanly possible. While glitchless runs are a thing, the GDQ events typically avoid them for both time reasons and the crazy glitchy runs are more interesting.
Y’all stay safe, try not to fall through the wall or floor. Unless it’s on purpose of course.