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Thousands Attend GigaZone Gaming Championship & TechXpo Team Mingle Master from Bemidji Wins Main Stage Rocket League Tournament - P2

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(Bemidji, MN) (April 24, 2024) – An estimated crowd of nearly 4,000 attended the GigaZone Gaming Championship & TechXpo on Saturday, April 20 at the Sanford Center. The event featured free gaming, numerous gaming tournaments, over 25 technology exhibitors, door prizes, and special guest Danielle Feinberg from Pixar Animation Studios.

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.

Team Mingle Master from Bemidji- Ayden Sander, Cameron Oakgrove, and Milo Collings won the seventh annual GigaZone Gaming Championship and the top team prize of $900. Team 50 Nations with Tyler Bos from Austin, David Bos from Brainerd, and Trevor Bos from Brainerd took home 2nd place and the $600 team prize. A total of 32 of northern Minnesota's best Rocket League teams competed on the main stadium stage in the GigaZone Championship Arena.

In addition to the Rocket League Tournament, there was several other open tournaments including Fortnite, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Madden 25, and Overwatch 2, Valorant, Super Smash Bros. plus high score competitions in Bemidji Drift, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smugglers Revenge, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, and Donkey Kong. There were also two tournaments for juniors under 13 and Magic the Gathering Booster Drafts.

"Again this year I'm blown away by the talent and energy on display and how people, technology, and fun come together at our event. Everyone, including the participants, exhibitors, and our Paul Bunyan Communications team we're all-in, showcasing the tech talent and enthusiasm that exists in our region. I'm proud our broadband cooperative can produce and host such an exciting event!", said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO.

."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 & TechXpo showcases just that," added Leo Anderson, Paul Bunyan Communications Technology Experience Manager.

"A huge shout out to our entire team for putting on one of the most unique events of this type in the country. Thank you to all of the exhibitors that were a part of the TechXpo and our local partners, we couldn't do this without them. We're already looking forward to next year!" 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 support from several regional and national partners.

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Paul Bunyan Communications has the region's largest and fastest all fiber optic network with over 6,000 square miles throughout most of Beltrami County and portions of Aitkin, Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides fiber optic fast Internet speeds up to 10 Gig powered by the GigaZone, television services, digital voice services, Residential and Business IT services, and is also the home of northern Minnesota's certified Apple Service Center.

Official Results 2024 GigaZone Gaming Champions

Main Stage: Rocket League 3vs3 Tournament

1st Place $900 per team

Mingle Master- Ayden Sander-Bemidji, Cameron Oakgrove-Bemidji, Milo Collings-Bemidji

2nd Place $600 per team

50 Nations- Tyler Bos-Austin, David Bos-Brainerd, Trevor Bos-Brainerd

3rd Place $300 per team

Supp's- Jayden St. Clair-Grand Rapids, Demetrius Aitken - Grand Rapids, Bryce Giving - Grand Rapids.


1st Place Elias Rixium - Bagley $400

2nd Place Jesse Castaneda – Bemidji $300

3rd Place Brock Clyde - Laporte $200

4th Place Josh Maimbourg, Bemidji $100

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

1st Place Quinn Slatten - Duluth $300

2nd Place Melissa Rodier - Duluth $200

3rd Place Jonah Weideman - Wilton $100

4th Place Ronnie Nguyen – Duluth $50

Overwatch 3vs3 Community Tournament

1st Place - $600 per team

Team ISSA, Devon Rainey, Bemidji, James Jones-Lafrinier, Bemidji Matoska Veaux, Bemidji

2nd Place- $300 per team

Legends, Logan Froemming, Elbow Lake, Brenna Murtha, Long Prairie, Zander Terwey, Long Prairie

3rd Place $150 per team

Big Lou, St. Joshua Jonson, Rochester, Juda Stockdale, Preston, Kiyoko Iverson, Grand Rapids

Madden 25

1st Place Emery Skinaway, Red Lake $400

2nd Place Adam Scott, Brainerd $300

3rd Place Giizis Goodsky, Bemidji $200

4th Place Shawn Goodman, Cass Lake $100

Mario Kart 8

1st Place Matthew Wanger, Duluth $300

2nd Place Matt Rengstorf, Hibbing $200

3rd Place Veil Newman, Duluth $100

4th Place Parker Rife, Bemidji $50


1st Place $600 per team

Rez Dogs- Calista Nichols- Redby, Jamie Auginash - Red Lake, Jayla Caldwell – Redby

2nd Place $300 per team

Centinals- Tristan Jourdain- Red Lake, Kohl Belgrade-Hackensack, Hunter Jackson-Cass Lake

3rd Place $150 per team

Raiders, Tyler Miller – Jenkins, Lainey Priglmeier – Brainerd, Jacob Witt - Burnsville

Mario Kart 8 Junior Tournament (13 & under)

1st Place Liam Granmo, $200

2nd Place Mason Bates,Bemidji $150

3rd Place Tristen Boys, Blackduck $100

4th Place Clark Vrannak $50

Super Smash Bros. Junior Tournament (13 & under)

1st Place Karl Erickson., Littlefork $200

2nd Place Isaac H, Bemidji $150

3rd Place Jace Ungerecht, Laporte $100

4th Place Bodie F, Grand Rapids $50

Classic Arcade High Score Competitions

Ms. Pac-Man Jeremiah Goble - Park Rapids $100 Gift Card

Galaga George Spears – Redby $100 Gift Card

Donkey Kong Dylan Cleveland - Bemidji $100 Gift Card

Bemidji Drift

AM Garrison Molash – Bemidji $100 Gift Card

PM Gavin J, Bemidji $100 Gift Card

AM Junior Oslo P, Sioux Falls, SD $100 Gift Card

PM Junior Aedan H., Ponsford $100 Gift Card

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder's Revenge

Team Yellow- Dylan Cleveland, Emily Dawson, Morgan $200 Gift Card

Magic the Gathering

AM Winner: Jeff Nix-Grand Rapids

PM Winner: Jeremy Bylander-Grand Rapids

Cosplay Contest


1ST Khoriana - Avacyn The Purifier , Hibbing $300 Visa Gift Card 2nd Leigh Harper - Predator ,Ponsford $200 Visa Gift Card

3rd Winter Schwartz - Star Guardian Ahri , Nevis $100 Visa Gift Card


1st Archer - Yiga , Bemidji $100 Visa Gift Card

2nd Edward - Joker , Cass Lake $75 Visa Gift Card

3rd Irish & Violet - Callie & Violet , Bemidji $50 Visa Gift Card

Grand Door Prize Winners

4 Twins Tickets courtesy of Bally Sports North Justin Krueger, Bemidji

Xbox One Kenneth James Bowden, Bemidji

Nintendo Switch Desiree Doss, Arkansas

Playstation 5 Hannah Boquet, Sioux Falls, SD

Occulus VR 3 courtesy of Calix Kastle Hurd, Bemidji


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