ABOUT | #CB2020


COMBO BREAKER is the largest competitive fighting game convention in Illinois, and one of the largest in its peer category worldwide. Over 3 days every Memorial Day weekend the convention becomes home to a variety of fighting game tournaments and the communities that love them. As a convergence point of popular culture and competition, COMBO BREAKER strives to be a weekend of gaming entertainment where players can compete, relax, and celebrate gaming.

COMBO BREAKER was born from Adam Heart retiring the Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament Series in 2014. When his absence left the area without its annual fighting game focused extravaganza, Richard Thiher, then Assistant Director of the series, partnered with Gaming Generations to develop a worthy event successor. When COMBO BREAKER arrived in 2015 it presented exciting, timely competitions and a then-unique 24-hour venue experience. The event’s focus on community also saw it become one of the most viewed fighting game tournaments of the year on twitch.tv.

In 2020, COMBO BREAKER continues to build on a legacy of fun with our veteran staff and beloved attendees. Join us May 22-24, 2020 for 3 days of mashed buttons, hype crowds, and intense competition as we celebrate the friendships and rivalries born from competitive fighting games.


Richard Thiher (Event Director) @thehadou
Caitlyn Thiher (Co-Event Director) @eidelonn
Max Wasserman (Competition Director) @curlingw
Michael Hionis (Staging Director) @supergreekfyter
Thomas Tischio (Media Manager) @tischphotos
Jon & Robin Chinnery (Registration Managers) @chindogg21

Andres Coll (Lead Tournament Manager) @nothingxs
Ian Vandy Davis (Community Tournaments Manager) @KITVandy
Brandon Brockman (Lead Auctioneer) @tuboware
Evan Bredendick (Web Developer)
Nick Paldino (Statistics Consultant) @casperone

Twitter #CB2020 | Follow @Combobreaker for News and Updates
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