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SoDak Circuit launches free esports event in Sioux Falls on Sept. 21

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SDN Communications and its 17 member companies are excited to announce the launch of a free esports event designed to bring together gamers of all levels and ages for the inaugural edition of the SoDak Circuit on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the games “Valorant,” “Fortnite” and “Rocket League” as well as a racing simulator. Registration is required and opens in July at sodakcircuit.com. Provide your email at the website for updates and to get notified as soon as registration is available. It is likely more games will be added to the event.

SoDak Circuit runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21, with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. and check-in at 8:30 a.m. There will be seating available for people to watch the matches, which will be shown on large screens. SoDak Circuit will have tournament-style brackets for different age groups and a variety of skill levels.

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The event coincides with the South Dakota High School Activities Association adding esports as a sanctioned activity during the 2024-25 school year. In 2023-24, 20 schools across the state participated in the pilot season, with eight of SDN’s 17 member companies sponsoring teams in their service areas.

For SDN’s member companies, hosting an esports event is the perfect way to highlight the power of their combined 50,000+ miles of high-speed fiber-optic connectivity across the region, covering more than 80 percent of the state’s geography. It also serves as a workforce recruitment tool to get kids and adults interested in the technical careers within the telecommunications industry.

"SDN Communications and its member companies are proud to support esports and host events that showcase the power of our robust fiber networks,” said SDN Vice President of Sales & Marketing Ryan Dutton. “By investing in esports, we not only highlight our advanced technological capabilities but also attract a skilled workforce that values teamwork, collaboration, communication and innovation."

Anyone with questions about the SoDak Circuit can contact marketing manager Hannah Boquet at Hannah.boquet@sdncommunications.com or (605) 978-1085.

Group of high school kids in a computer lab practicing esports
The Sioux Falls School District esports team practices during the 2023-24 season.

About SDN Communications – SDN is a coalition of South Dakota’s independent broadband companies – cooperatives, family, municipal, and tribal-owned companies. They joined their independent networks in 1989 and created SDN as a hub to deliver long distance choice to the telephone companies’ rural customer base. Today that same statewide fiber footprint allows file sharing and internet traffic for business and government. Its network now reaches into eight states serving businesses in many sectors, but specializing in banking, health care, manufacturing, government, and education. SDN’s 17 member companies are: Alliance Communications (headquartered in Garretson), Beresford Municipal Telephone Company, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority (Eagle Butte), Faith Municipal Telephone, Golden West Telecommunications (Wall), Interstate Telecommunications Coop (Clear Lake), James Valley Cooperative Telephone (Groton), Kennebec Telephone Co., Midstate Communications (Kimball), Roberts County Telephone Coop (New Effington), Santel Communications (Woonsocket), Swiftel Communications (Brookings), TrioTel Communications, Inc. (Salem), Valley Telecommunications Coop (Herreid), Venture Communications Coop (Highmore), West River Coop Telephone Co. (Bison) and West River Telecom Cooperative (Hazen, North Dakota).