Western Digital Teases New Speedrunning Livestream Event

Have you heard? Western Digital, one of the leading suppliers of solid state drives, is holding their very own Speed Run Cup event on the 23rd of November at 17:30 GMT.

This event will see a wide mix of gaming enthusiasts and journalists battling it out against each other to beat video games levels the fastest. The games confirmed to be played in this tournament are Cuphead, Portal, Super Meat Boy, and I Am Bread.

What is the Event All About?

Western Digital is holding the event to do two main things:

  1. Bring gamers together for a marathon speedrunning event that everyone will enjoy.
  2. To promote SSDs as the new stable piece of hardware for anyone who wants quick loading times and no lag during gaming sessions.

Who’s Going to Be There?

The event has already seen massive support from a number of well-known gamers and even semi-celebrities in the gaming community. You’ll no doubt recognise some of the names in the line-up.

Some notable streamers already confirmed to be playing in the tournament include; Cereth, iiSalad, and Biinny. Each of these guys already has a big following on Twitch, so we’re confident that their own audiences will be joining in and will be cheering their favourite gamer on.

What are the Video Game Titles You Mentioned?

We’ll go into a little more detail about the titles being played in the tournament below – you can find more info on the official site here though!


Cuphead is a 2D platformer which has taken the gaming world by storm in the last few months. Its charming art-style paired with its sometimes brutal difficulty make it a very popular choice for speed running.

Check out the video below to get a taste of what speedrunning this game can look like:


The classic sci-fi puzzler game from Valve, the original Portal has a special place in our heart due to its hilarious dialogue and physics-based puzzles. The fact that this game is more cerebral in terms of difficulty, rather than action and timing per se, makes it an interesting choice for a speedrun tournament.

Check out a professional speedrun of Portal below:

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy has gotten the better of just about everyone who has played it – especially if you’re going for the fastest completion time possible. This unforgiving 2D platformer will see players timing momentous jumps over walls, buzzsaws, spikes, and plenty of other hazardous obstacles. Watching gamers play this against each other competitively will be frustratingly funny no doubt.

Check out an impressive speedrun of this one below:

I Am Bread

I AM Bread is perhaps the weirdest of the video games which are going to be played during the WD Speed Run Cup. The game sees you spawn as an innocent piece of bread trying its best to become toast in an environment where physics are whack. Good luck manipulating yourself in this game as the controls are the real challenge – another reason this game makes a fantastic speed run challenge.

Check out someone managing to become toast in the speedrun below:

How Do I Get Involved?

It’s quite easy. Just head on over to the WD Speed Run Cup website right now, bookmark it, and check back for updates every now and then. Make sure you make some free time on the big day, the 23rd of November 2017, to come and join in with all of us in chat.

If you’re a really big fan of these types of events, why not get some friends together and watch the event together with some beers and some popcorn? Gaming is always more fun with your friends, be it playing or watching.

Join Us & Watch The WD Speed Run Cup

We at Gung-ho! Gaming are very excited for the Speed Run Cup and will be embedding the stream on our site when it goes live. We do urge you to watch it on the official site, however, as this is an even better way to show your support. You’ll also be able to join in on Twitch Chat and live tweets as the tournament unfolds.

We’ll see you there!

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