The Moose Jaw Gamers’ mission is to provide a safe and entertaining environment where people of all types can come together and enjoy the pastime of various forms of entertainment collectively known as gaming. Each year the group puts on the "Winter GAX" Saskatchewan's largest and longest-running gaming expo.
Kristian Sjoberg is a member of the executive of the Moose Jaw Gamers and is the public relations executive for the 2022 Winter GAX. "We are super excited to be coming back in person and having some wonderful things for people to do this year."
February 4th, 5th, and 6th the Winter GAX return for the first time since 2020, Sjoberg says people can take part in a wide array of gaming "Role-playing games, board games that they can come try out, we have consoles coming back, we have a bunch of X-Boxes that people can just come and play, as well as our LAN room, there's a pizza party on Saturday night, it's just a whole weekend of fun to fundraise."
All of the money raised during the gaming expo will be donated to charity, this year the group has chosen Creative Kids Saskatchewan as the charity they'll be supporting. Creative Kids Saskatchewan is a grants program that provides financial support to Saskatchewan families so all kids have an opportunity to participate in creative activities like drama, art, dance, heritage, and music.
This year's Winter GAX is taking place at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre and entry is just $20.
GAX (GAmer’s eXpo) is a semi-annual event hosted by the Moose Jaw Gamers since 2010 and this year’s event features all aspects of gaming from computer, classic and modern consoles, card games and board games.
Attendance has continued to grow year after year and after record attendance at the last GAX event, organizers are hoping this year’s expo will be an even bigger success.
Attendees to GAX can expect 3 days of excitement featuring LAN gaming, popular and obscure board and card games, classic and modern console games on projection screens involving games for 1-8 players. Tournaments for Super Mario Kart and Smash Brothers Ultimate have become a regular, and very exciting, part of every GAX. In 2019 they hosted a Settlers of Catan National Qualifier for the Province as well.
Organizers with MJ Gamers say the event boasts both competitive and non-competitive divisions with door prizes, is supervised and includes a pizza party Saturday night so it’s definitely a visitor friendly, relaxed environment suitable for all ages. With the MJ Gamers being a non-profit charity organization, a portion of the event proceeds in past years has benefited other local charities:
Hunger In Moose Jaw – School Lunch Program
Moose Jaw Paediatric Ward
Children’s Wish Foundation
Saskatchewan Paediatric Auditory Rehab Centre via Moose Jaw Elks
Canadian Arthritis Society – In Memorial
Moose Jaw Food Bank “Mighty Munchies” Program
MJ Gamers organizers are encouraging attendees to bring their board games, card games, gaming consoles and computers from home to enhance the event even more with the possibility of tournaments and prizes. Console fans can expect everything from retro gaming systems and more. Meanwhile, other gamers can expect everything from traditional and non traditional card games, board games and role playing games like Dungeon’s & Dragons with plenty of table space from everyone. More and more people are coming cosplay, so you're also welcome to show off your favorite costume!
Registration is open now on the Moose Jaw Gamer's website.
Sharon Church chatted wth Kristian Sjoberg to get all the details of the upcoming Winter GAX