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GigaZone Gaming Championship Set for November 2

Largest Esports Stadium Style Gaming Event in Northern Minnesota with over $5,000 in cash and prizes


September 24, 2019

(Bemidji, MN) (September 23, 2019) – The 4th annual GigaZone Gaming Championship is set for Saturday, November 2 at the Sanford Center George W. Neilson Convention Center. The event features free gaming on various console and arcade games, numerous tournaments, virtual reality, door prizes, and more. All the fun is free. Over 3,500 attended the event last year.

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 is run off a single residential GigaZone Internet connection.

This year's main stage tournament will feature Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate on the esports stadium style stage in the GigaZone Championship Arena. In addition to the main stage, there will be tournaments of Overwatch, Fortnite, Mario Kart 8, Madden 20, Magic the Gathering Booster Drafts, and more. Registration for all tournaments will start at the Sanford Center November 2 at 10 a.m. and go until full.

"There is a large gaming community in our area and GigaZone Gaming Championship not only showcases some of the region's best gamers but it gives everyone a chance to get in on the action!" 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 Technology Experience Manager.

"There is no other gaming event like it anywhere I've seen. It's unique to our area and we are very proud of our team for making it happen. There is no catch, everyone and anyone gets to game for free!" added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

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

For more information on the GigaZone Gaming Championship visit

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, digital voice services, Residential and Business IT services, and is also northern Minnesota's certified Apple Service Center.


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