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ESA Summer 2021

July 24, 2021 July 31, 2021 CEST

ESA Summer 2021 is a week-long speedrunning marathon that will feature speedrunners and score-attackers from all around the world with the primary goal of raising money for charity.


ESA Summer 2021 will be raising money for Save the Children. Their goal is to improve the lives of children everywhere through better education, health care, and economic opportunities. Save the Children respond to major emergencies, deliver innovative development programmes, and ensure children’s voices are heard through our campaigning to build a better future for and with children.

Key Dates

  • Submission Phase: May 16th (1800 CEST) – May 30th (including)
  • Volunteer Applications (Fundraising, Tech & Social Media): May 16th (1800 CEST) – May 30th (including)
  • Schedule Release: June 27th
  • Event Dates: July 24th – July 31st (potentially starting July 23rd with a pre-show)
  • Prize Submissions: TBA

There will be some changes this time to the submission phase compared to our last online events. When these are ready to be announced, this section will be updated.
For now, feel free to read through our Game Submission Info page. It’s still very much relevant and highlights our philosophy about choosing games.


There will be a limit of five submissions per runner. This includes different categories.

We will no longer to be able to feature music games and games that make use of licensed music, unless it can be completely muted / removed from the showcase. If you have experienced Content ID claims for music in videos of your submitted game(s) on YouTube, please let us know in the comment.

The following conditions apply:

  • Runners should be able to stream to Twitch at a bitrate of at least 2.5 Mbit. Depending on your game and resolution you might be able to get away with less. Submit your video and let us be the judge!
  • Runners must use a face camera for their run during the marathon. This is to maintain the high production standard we set for all our flagship marathons, and no exceptions will be made. With programs like iVCam, your phone can easily be used for this purpose.
  • Races may be permitted if they fulfill the following criteria:
    • The race must be between not more than two players.
    • Both runners must fulfill the above stated quality requirement and use a face camera.
    • The submission must include at least one dedicated commentator. Runners may still be able to talk on stream, but we believe that a commentator able to keep track of both player’s progress is important to make the race clear and entertaining for viewers at home.
  • Co-Op may be permitted if they fulfill the following criteria:
    • If taking place entirely online the showcase might not include more than two players’ feeds.
    • Runners must fulfill the above stated quality requirement and use a face camera.
  • If you want to bring along a co-commentator via Discord, feel free to do so!

When submitting your game you will be asked to provide a short description about the game as well as the run/showcase/exhibition, a video showcasing it as well as information about your personal progress. Make sure that this video also meets the specifications listed above!

Bonus points for submitting a video with marathon-like commentary!

Please state your availability during the event as clearly as possible (preferably in CEST) in your submission comment. Keep in mind that very short availability windows can cause massive headaches for us when creating the schedule and we may have to reject runs because of this. We will do our best to consider all the different time zones when creating the schedule.

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