Thousands attend Gigazone Gaming Championship after three-year hiatus

For the first time since 2019, Paul Bunyan Communications hosted its annual GigaZone Gaming Championship and inaugural TechXpo April 22 at the Sanford Center.

An estimated 4,000 guests attended the event, which featured free gaming, numerous tournaments, and over 35 technology exhibitors, with door prizes as well as special guest Steve “the Woz” Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.

Matthew Wagner of Duluth won the 6th Annual GigaZone Gaming Championship and the top prize of $500. A total of 76 players from northern Minnesota competed in the Super Smash Brothers tournament.

“Wow. When we first envisioned this event, we wanted to grow it so we could have a true arena e-sports event,” said Gary Johnson, CEO and General Manager of Paul Bunyan Communications.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would grow so fast and that we would have Steve Wozniak join us.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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