Go Next of Duluth Wins GigaZone Gaming Championship
Over $10,000 in cash and prizes won over the 2 days through various tournaments and door prizes
(Bemidji, MN) (October 1, 2017) – The 2nd annual GigaZone Gaming Championship, was held Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 at the Sanford Center George W. Neilson Convention Center. The event featured free gaming on various console and arcade games, numerous tournaments, virtual reality, door prizes, and more.
This one of a kind regional gaming event showcases Paul Bunyan Communications’ IT and web development team which custom built and integrated much of the online technology and leverages the speed of the GigaZone one of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the country. The entire event was run off a single residential GigaZone Internet connection.
Go Next from Duluth won the 2nd annual GigaZone Gaming Championship and $2,500 defeating the defending champion Pro Freakz from Deer River who won $1,250 for second place. The Iron Range Legends took third place for the second straight year and $750. A total of 22 of northern Minnesota’s best League of Legends teams competed online with the top four teams making it to the Championship rounds in the GigaZone Championship Arena.
In addition to the League of Legends Tournament, there was several other open tournaments include three Magic the Gathering Booster Drafts, Street Fighter V, Mario Kart 8, Overwatch 3v3, Madden 18, Super Smash Brothers, Ms. Pacman, and Galaga. Admission was free and there were a lot of door prizes given away including the grand prize of an Oculus Rift – the incredibly immersive virtual reality (VR) headset which was won by Anthony Belgarde of Grand Rapids.
“There is a large gaming community in our area and GigaZone Gaming Championship not only showcases some of the region’s best League of Legends teams but it gives everyone a chance to get in on the action! It was great to see this unique community event grow so much in its second year!” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager
“Our cooperative continues to expand one of the largest rural fiber gigabit networks in the country and that brings many advantages to our members. The GigaZone provides extreme speed and low latency which are critical for the best online gaming experience and the GigaZone Gaming Championship showcases just that,” added Leo Anderson, Paul Bunyan Communications Digital Services Supervisor.
“It is a great chance for people experience the growing eSports phenomenon locally. This year was even bigger and better and we look forward to next year” added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.
The event is made possible by Paul Bunyan Communications and local, regional, and national partners including Pierced League Gaming of Grand Rapids, NLFX of Bemidji, Accidently Cool Games of Bemidji, Northern Amusement of Bemidji, the Sanford Center in Bemidji, ESPN, Fox Networks, Turner Networks, Viacom, and many more.
For more information on the GigaZone Gaming Championship visit www.gigazonegaming.com
Paul Bunyan Communications has the region’s largest and fastest all fiber optic network with over 5,000 square miles throughout most of Beltrami County and portions of Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides Broadband High Speed Internet Service up to a Gigabit per second, digital and high definition television services, Smart Home services, digital voice services, and more. Service availability depends upon location, some restrictions may apply.
Official Tournament Results
2nd Place- $1,250
3rd Place- $750
2nd Team T.H.I.C.C., Redby...$600
3rd Net Lakers, Nett Lake...$300
1st Derek Klotter, Farmington - iPad Air 2
2nd Aaron Miller, Superior, WI - $100 gift card
3rd Adam Scott, Brainerd - $50 gift card
4th Emery Skinaway, Red Lake - $25 gift card
Super Smash Brothers
Henry Hill Jr, Red Lake - Nintendo Switch
Dale Dowling, Deer River - Nintendo Switch
Mario Kart 8
Matt Rengstorf, Hibbing - Nintendo Switch
Street Fighter V
Eddie Blackbear, Deer River - $200 gift card
Abby Gorski, Bemidji - $100 gift card
Sabbastian Wilson-Webb, Walker - $100 gift card
1st- Khori Vaerconum, Hibbing - $200 gift card
2nd (tie) Kirin Peterson, Bemidji - $100 gift card
Eva Anderson, Bemidji - $100 gift card
Grand Door Prize Winner:
Anthony Belgarde, Grand Rapids - Oculus Rift Virtual Reality