Volunteering FAQ

How do I sign up to volunteer?

When volunteer applications are open, you can apply via the button found on your profile page.

Volunteer applications typically are open at the same time as game submissions, and selections are typically announced at the same time as the games list (ie. before registration to the event opens). These dates can be found on the left side of the Games Done Quick homepage.

What are the benefits of volunteering for a Games Done Quick event?

You receive a guaranteed badge so you can get into the event without paying a registration fee. If your work or school requires a community service form, or a proof of volunteering, you can request that from us as well for documentation. We are happy to provide it. If you plan on attending regardless of your volunteer status, please make sure you register and pay to attend. If you are selected as a volunteer, you will receive a full refund for that registration.

Do I get free room and board?

No, you still have to pay for your food and your hotel room, as well as any transportation. We only provide the guaranteed badge and waive the registration fee.

Do I need to send in a resume?

No. Just fill out the application. We will not consider any resumes submitted to us.

Do I have to pay if I don't show up for my shifts?

You will not be charged any fees for missing your shifts, but we may take your no-shows in consideration for any future opportunities involving Games Done Quick.

Can I volunteer if I am under 18?

We take labor laws very seriously. As such, we will only allow people to volunteer if they are legally 18 years of age at the start of the event.

Do I have to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) if I volunteer?

Yes. All positions require an NDA.

What positions can I volunteer for?

Run the soundboard for the stream
Activities Volunteer
Activities Volunteers will help in maintaining the Board Game Room, checking in and out games, as well as help to set up recording for panels and tournament finals, monitor throughout the activity for tech problems. Tech experience is not required.
Camera Operators
Make sure that the camera shots for the stream are on point, and help the interview team with their memes!
Check-In Volunteers will be responsible for checking in attendees to the event, handing out badges to attendees, and assisting in Runner Orientations, which involve giving a brief tour of the event space and pointing out key locations for runners. Volunteers may also be asked by attendees for information about the event and the event layout, or other general information about the event. If you're concerned about giving tours due to physical limitations or other factors, don't worry, accommodations can be made.
Cleaning Crew
Make rounds of the event space, cleaning/sanitizing high-contact surfaces, equipment, and anything else that needs it in order to help provide a safe and sanitary environment for everyone.
Head Donations
Determine which donations are sent to host, help manage run times and incentives in the tracker.
Vet donation comments that we receive from donors to be read or not be read live on stream.
Read donation comments and be one of the voices of the event! This application requires an additional audition.
Capture key moments of the event in photos while learning how to shoot from a professional instructor.
Safety (Previously called Enforcement)
Make sure that people at the event all have the proper credentials and are following the rules, and ensuring that there are no food or open drinks in prohibited areas.
Stage Tech
Connect the correct consoles to the TVs and stream computers (which is much easier than it sounds!), plus a few other things, such as doing inventory and testing broken tech.
Stream Tech
Operate the Open Broadcaster Software and other tools to composite stream video. We will have an improved process this year, but the old tutorial video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vw32I2L49Q
Stream Supervisor
Monitors the stream during runs, and is available to answer questions for the other tech volunteers during setups. Reports to the producer to ensure the tech station can run when they are busy. Prior tech experience preferred.
Assist with various tasks (small and large) in preparation for the kickoff. This may include carrying heavy TVs, testing consoles, validating badges for quality, checking in board games. Setup typically starts on the Wednesday before the start of the event.
Stage Manager
The Stage Manager's role is to oversee the tech volunteer roles directly so that the Producer can be in charge of directing the show during breaks. Volunteers in this position will need to already be familiar with, or be willing to take extra shifts to be trained on how all the tech roles function and it will be their job to answer questions from tech volunteers and ensure all of their duties are happening during breaks. The Stage Manager will also communicate with the producer when tech delays are happening, and when setup is finished so the Producer knows when to greenlight transitions.
Do the impossible: help organize and pack all the event's gear in less than a day!

But I can't attend the event and want to help! How can I do that?

We have a few off-site volunteering positions that are generally reserved for people who will not be attending the event:

Chat Mods
Keep things positive and comfortable for everyone in our Twitch chat and in our Discord.
Social Media
Help run the official @GamesDoneQuick Twitter and Facebook accounts through the use of creative posts (read: memes) while connecting with staff and fellow volunteers to inform them of important information.
Host Judge/Committee
Host Judges and Host Committee members are essential to our Volunteer Audition process. We've improved the process for this event by splitting Host Judges into two teams, each reviewing half of the auditions. If you become a Host Judge Volunteer, your task will involve reviewing 40-50 auditions, with each audition lasting 5-10 minutes. We've also formed the Host Committee, consisting of experienced hosts and judges, to narrow down the top auditions selected by Host Judges for the final cast. Applicants to this position will be asked to complete a brief form outlining the process and providing some basic information about themselves. As this volunteer position's duties are completed prior to the event, this is an off-site role. However, you receive a free badge if you manage to go through all the auditions (and if your scores are used). Judges cannot volunteer to host for any event they're judging.

I don't know a specific coordinators email! Help!

That's fine! You can email us volunteer questions at volunteer@gamesdonequick.com and we will forward your email to the correct person. If you don't get an answer within a week, poke us again.

I don't like my coordinator; can I deal with someone else?

Yes! We interchange a lot. If you don't like Humphrey, he will pass you off to someone else. If you don't like your coordinator, chances are you will be assigned Humphrey, but he will most likely try to mediate a solution between you and your coordinator first.

I want a job! Hire me?

Volunteering is the best way to work towards a staff position at GDQ. However, volunteering is not a guaranteed path, and GDQ is typically not hiring for most positions. If GDQ is externally hiring for a position, we will post a job description on gamesdonequick.com/jobs. Volunteer coordinators cannot assist you in job prospects.

My question wasn't answered here! What do?

Email us at volunteer@gamesdonequick.com and one of us will get back to you fairly quickly.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Games Done Quick!