2nd Annual GigaZone Gaming Championship This Friday and Saturday in Bemidji
Free and open to all, the event includes open console and arcade gaming along with gaming tournaments


The first stadium style eSports event in the region, the GigaZone Gaming Championship, returns to the Sanford Center Ballroom in Bemidji this Friday and Saturday.  The doors open at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Northern Minnesota’s best League of Legends teams will compete for more than $4,500 in cash and prizes and the first match scheduled for 5 p.m.  The championship match is expected to start between 7:30-8 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to the League of Legends Tournament, the public is invited to participate in open console and arcade gaming both days along with tournaments of Madden 18, Overwatch, Street Fighter 5, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers, Magic the Gathering, and more.  Admission is free for tournaments and the event plus there will be a chance at great door prizes throughout.  There is also a Cosplay Contest for those who dress up and embrace their inner fantasy character with prizes of up to $200 for the top costume of the weekend.

“We’re excited to bring back GigaZone Gaming Championship to the region!  After our first event last year was a success we’ve expanded the fun to 2 days and added a lot more different open gaming and gaming tournaments.  There is a large gaming community in our area and this event is a way that we can give all gamers, whether competitive or just in it for fun, to come out and enjoy a one of a kind gaming weekend” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

Consoles systems to try will include Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Wii.  Games on the various console systems will include Madden 18, NHL18, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart 8, Street Fighter V, and more.

Arcade games to play will include Ms Pac, Galaga, Big Buck Pro Hunter, Battletoads, Police Trainer, Alien vs Predator, Rush The Rock, Pirates of the Caribbean Pinball, Surfin’ Safari Tekken, Confidential Mission, Vapor TRX, Neo Geo, Silent Scope, and Pole Position.

“With the GigaZone providing Internet speeds up to a Gigabit per second it is the ultimate connection for the online gaming experience. Our cooperative has one of the largest rural fiber gigabit networks in the country and this event showcases the GigaZone Internet speeds and the impact it has on the overall gaming experience.” added Leo Anderson, Paul Bunyan Communications Digital Services Supervisor.

“We had such a great turnout last year and we hope even more will come to check it out this year. Concessions and GigaZone Gaming Championship merchandise which will be available for purchase too.  Whether you are a competitive gamer or like me, just a casual player, the GigaZone Gaming Championship has something for everyone,” added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

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Paul Bunyan Communications has the region’s largest and fastest all fiber optic network with over 5,500 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 Services including the GigaZone, digital and high definition television services, Smart Home services, digital voice services, Residential and Business IT services, and is also northern Minnesota’s certified Apple Service Center.