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Paul Bunyan Communications Press Release- GigaZone Gaming Championship 5



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brian Bissonette (218) 444-1127

Hunter Branson Wins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament for 2 nd time in a row  at GigaZone Gaming Championship 5

(Bemidji, MN) April 26, 2021 – The last Saturday of GigaZone Gaming Championship 5 was held virtually Saturday, April 24 with the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament.

Hunter Branson who won the Super Smash Bros. Tournament in 2019, defended his title in 2021 and won $500.  Ronnie Nguyen of Bemidji got 2nd Place and $400. Kenneth Crocker of Grand Rapids finished in 3rd place for $300.  Noland Anderson of Bemidji finished in 4th place for $200.

In addition to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament, there was a CosPlay contest, and door prize drawings throughout the day and Grand Prize drawings were held at the end of the day. 
Grand Prize winners included: Playstation 5-Mary Sullivan, Bemidji; Xbox Series X Michael Strauch, Bemidji; Occulus Qwest 2 Ningozis White, Bemidji

CosPlay Contest-
1 st Roselynn Jones, Cass Lake $300
2 nd David Harper, Ponsford $200
3 rd Khoriana Vaerconum, Hibbing $100

CosPlay Popular Vote Winners- $200 each
Hannah Elizabeth Cheney – Cook
Roselynn Jones, inquisitor - Cass Lake

GigaZone Gaming Championship 5 was held virtual over 3 consecutive Saturdays. The Overwatch 6v6 Tournament was held on Saturday, April 10 and won by Team Yes. The Madden 21 tournament was held on Saturday, April 17 and won by Dain Walters from Grand Rapids. For the official results of GigaZone Gaming Championship 5 visit www.paulbunyan.net

“What an incredible job our team has done in pivoting to a virtual event his year! I’m very proud of all the hard work and dedication put in to provide these three weekends of online gaming fun for the region,” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager

This one-of-a-kind regional gaming event is free to play or watch and is being held virtually due to the pandemic. It showcases Paul Bunyan Communications’ IT and web development team which custom built and integrated much of the online technology to make the virtual event possible. The event leverages the speed of the GigaZone one of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the country and the entire event is run off a single residential GigaZone Internet connection.  

“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 Technology Experience Manager.

This Paul Bunyan Communications event includes the talents of many local partners including NLFX, Accidently Cool Games, Northern Amusement, as well support from several regional and national partners.

Dain Walters of Grand Rapids Wins Madden 21 Tournament at GigaZone Gaming Championship 5
Adam Scott, Brainerd Finishes 2 nd , Nick Miller, Brainerd 3 rd , Drew Holden, Bemidji 4th

(Bemidji, MN) April 17, 2021 – The second of three consecutive weekends of GigaZone Gaming Championship 5 was held Saturday, April 17 with the Madden 21 Tournament.

Dain Walters of Grand Rapids won 1st Place and $500. 

Adam Scott of Brainerd got 2nd Place and $400. Adam had finished in 3rd place in 2017 Madden Tournament.

Nick Miller of Brainerd finished in 3rd place for $300.  Nick won the 2019 Madden Tournament.
Drew Holden of Bemidji finished in 4th place for $200.

In addition to the Madden 21 Tournament, there were door prize drawings throughout the day and the CosPlay Contest accepting entries.  Super Smash Bros is the featured tournament on the final day of GigaZone Gaming Championship 5 this Saturday, April 24. The tournament is free to play and open to anyone who lives within the 218 area code but registration is required at www.gigazonegaming.com  Anyone interested should register now before they are full.

“What an incredible job our team has done in pivoting to a virtual event his year! I’m very proud of all the hard work and dedication put in to provide these three weekends of online gaming fun for the region. I hope everyone gets the chance to check it out over the course of the next two Saturdays,” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager

This one-of-a-kind regional gaming event is free to play or watch and is being held virtually due to the pandemic. It showcases Paul Bunyan Communications’ IT and web development team which custom built and integrated much of the online technology to make the virtual event possible. The event leverages the speed of the GigaZone one of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the country and the entire event is run off a single residential GigaZone Internet connection.  

“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 Technology Experience Manager.

This Paul Bunyan Communications event includes the talents of many local partners including NLFX, Accidently Cool Games, Northern Amusement, as well support from several regional and national partners.

2021 GigaZone Gaming Championship 5 
Official Results

Saturday, April 10
Overwatch 6v6 Community Tournament
1 st Team YES $1,800 ($300 per player)
Kelly Whipple, Kylie Elliott, Tien Nguyen, Connor Broderick, and Coby LaCroix from Bemidji and Isaak R Smith from Deer River.

2 nd The Clean Up Crew $1,200 ($200 per player)
Thomas Berge of Bemidji, Ethan Hunt and Ewan Newbold of Pine River, Tristan Jourdain from Red Lake, Jacob Peterson from Red Lake Falls, and Kohl Belgrade-Gotchie from Akeley.

3 rd ISSA Team $600 ($100 per player)
All from Bemidji including Tristan Lawrence, Naziah Matt, Devon Rainey, James Jones, Matoskah Veaux, and Dakota Veaux

Saturday, April 17
Madden 21 Tournament
1 st Dain Walters, Grand Rapids $500
2 nd Adam Scott, Brainerd $400
3 rd Nick Miller, Brainerd $300
4 th Drew Holden, Bemidji $200

Saturday, April 24
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
1 st Hunter Branson, Lakeville* $500
2 nd Ronnie Nguyen, Bemidji $400
3 rd Kenneth Crocker- Grand Rapids $300
4 th Noland Anderson- Bemidji $200

*Defending Champion from 2019. Defending Champion is invited back to participate even if they have moved out of the 218 area code.

CosPlay Contest-
1  st Roselynn Jones, Cass Lake $300
2 nd David Harper, Ponsford $200
3 rd Khoriana Vaerconum, Hibbing $100

CosPlay Popular Vote Winners- $200 each
Hannah Elizabeth Cheney – Cook Roselynn Jones, inquisitor - Cass Lake

Grand Prize Drawing Winners
Playstation 5 Mary Sullivan, Bemidji Xbox Series X Michael Strauch, Bemidji
Occulus Qwest 2 Ningozis White, Bemidji

 



For more information on the GigaZone Gaming Championship visit www.gigazonegaming.com

 

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