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GigaZone Gaming Championship winners

The first stadium style eSporting event in the region, the GigaZone Gaming Championship, was held Nov. 12 at the Sanford Center George W. Neilson Convention Center.

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Pictured is the ProFreakz team, of Deer River, GigaZone Gaming League of Legends Champions. Team members include Isaac Rasmusson, Joshua O'Shea, Iain Belgarde, Cody Mattews and Alyis Grauman. (Submitted photo)

The first stadium style eSporting event in the region, the GigaZone Gaming Championship, was held Nov. 12 at the Sanford Center George W. Neilson Convention Center.

ProFreakz from Deer River won the first GigaZone Gaming Championship and $2,500 defeating Team Synergy from Bemidji, which won $1,250 for second place. The Iron Range Legends took third place and $750 with their win over W8 This Isn't DOTA. A total of 26 of northern Minnesota's best League of Legends teams competed online with the top eight teams making it to the Championship rounds in the GigaZone Championship Arena.

In addition to the League of Legends Tournament, there was a lot of gaming open to all. Both of the Magic the Gathering Booster Tournaments were full and many participated in tournaments of Street Fighter 5, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong and Pac Man, officials said in a release. A grand prize of an Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, was won by Ben Francisco of Laporte.

"There is a large gaming community in our area and GigaZone Gaming Championship not only showcased some of the region's best League of Legends teams but it gave everyone a chance to get in on the action! It was great to see so many people of all ages gaming and having so much fun." said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO and general manager, in the release.

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