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ISSA Team wins GigaZone Gaming Championship

The Iron Range Legends of Virginia including Noah Hernandez, Ben Monson and Sean Mull, won second place in the Gigazone Gaming Championship’s Overwatch 3-on-3 Main Stage Community Tournament. Submitted photo. 1 / 3
The Shinob Squad including Reidel Baird, De’Andre Bryan, Giniw Charwood and Christopher Bryan, won third place in the Gigazone Gaming Championship’s Overwatch 3-on-3 Main Stage Community Tournament. Submitted photo. 2 / 3
The ISSA Team of Bemidji including Dakota Vaux, Matoshah Vaux and Devon Rainey, won first place in the Gigazone Gaming Championship’s Overwatch 3-on-3 Main Stage Community Tournament. Submitted photo. 3 / 3

BEMIDJI—More than 3,500 people attended the third annual GigaZone Gaming Championship on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Sanford Center George W. Neilson Convention Center in Bemidji.

The event featured free gaming on various console and arcade games, numerous tournaments, virtual reality, door prizes and more, a release said.

The ISSA Team from Bemidji won the GigaZone Gaming Championship and $1,500 defeating the Iron Range Legends, who won $900 for second place. The Shinob Squad took third place and $450. A total of 32 of northern Minnesota's best "Overwatch" teams competed on the esports stadium style stage in the GigaZone Championship Arena.

In addition to the "Overwatch," there were several other open tournaments including "Fortnite,"

"Rocket League," "Mario Kart 8," "Madden 19," "Super Smash Bros. (4)," "Super Smash Bros. Melee," "Magic the Gathering," "Booster Drafts," "Tron," "Bust A Move," "Galaga" and "Asteroids."

Admission was free and there many door prizes given away at the Paul Bunyan Communications event, including grand prize winners Michael Railsback of Bemidji, who won an Xbox One X and Jesse Waldo of Detroit Lakes, who won a PS4 Pro.