This is hands down a game. If you use a toy to a structured competition, you have a game. These players are players as opposed to the toy-abusing lolkids who dance naked on the postbox. I wish every speedrunner to have lot of fun doing this. But I won’t join.
PyDuck explained in a comment under the same post why: “the first time you do something you feel like a scientist. The second time like an engineer. The third time like a technician.” The speedrunners derive their joy from perfecting execution. Good for them. It’s a valuable skill – for people who aspire for “technician” class jobs. It’s not an insult or an offhand comment. Civilization would collapse overnight if such workers would all disappear, while it could continue to work on its current state if everyone else did. Scientist and engineer types are needed to advance humanity.
But it’s still not my cup of tea. I’m a scientist type, having to do some engineering work and I like it this way. I won’t do speedruns.
But games could and should implement more speedruns. They don’t have high development costs and they satisfy a significant part of the players.