SoDak Circuit esports event coming to Sioux Falls

The SoDak Circuit, a new esports event, is coming to the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Alliance Communications is partnering with SDN Communications and 16 other independent broadband companies to launch the SoDak Circuit. This free esports event is designed to bring together gamers of all levels and ages.

Participants will have the opportunity to win cash prizes for 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. Organizers will likely add more games to the event.

The SoDak Circuit esports event 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. Spectators can watch the matches on large screens. The SoDak Circuit will have tournament-style brackets for different age groups and a variety of skill levels.

Tea Area High School esports team members compete in the 2023-2024 state tournament in South Dakota.
Tea Area High School esports team members compete in the 2023-2024 state tournament in South Dakota.

This new esports event coming to Sioux Falls 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. Alliance sponsored esports teams in Baltic and Tea last school year. Other schools within Alliance’s service area are considering starting esports teams this coming school year.

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 careers within the telecommunications industry.

“Alliance Communications is proud to support esports and host events that showcase the power of our robust fiber networks,” said Alliance General Manager/CEO Ross Petrick. “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 Hannah Boquet at Hannah.boquet@sdncommunications.com or (605) 978-1085.

The Baltic High School esports team competes in the 2024 state tournament.
The Baltic High School esports team competes in the 2024 state tournament.