COMBO BREAKER is the largest competitive fighting game convention in Illinois. Over 3 days every Memorial Day weekend the convention becomes home to a variety of fighting games tournaments and the communities that love them. As a melting pot of 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 gaming extravaganza, Richard Thiher, then Assistant Director of the series, partnered with Gaming Generations to develop a worthy successor to the series. When COMBO BREAKER arrived in 2015 it presented exciting, clockwork proficient tournaments and a 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 2017 COMBO BREAKER continues to build on a legacy of fun with our veteran staff and beloved attendees. Join us May 26-28, 2017 for 3 days of mashed buttons, hype crowds, and intense competition as we celebrate the friendship and rivalries born from competitive fighting games.



Richard Thiher (Event Director) @thehadou
Max Wasserman (Competition Director) @curlingw

Michael Hionis (Staging Director) @supergreekfyter
Dave Dziki (Logistics) @theedziki
Caitlyn Thiher (Assistant Director) @eidelonn
Andres Coll (Lead Tournament Organizer) @nothingxs
Daniel Rivera (Assistant Tournament Organizer) @jamisontrumpets

James Cardoni (Chief of Staff) @IFDhumbag
Brandon Brockman (Auctioneer) @tuboware
Punnha Nom (Floor Manager) @gngphenom
Robin Harn (Melee Tournament Manager) @Jugglerob

Bassem Dahdouh (Smash Wii U Tournament Manager)
Robin Chinnery (Registration Manager) 
John Amenta (Floor Hand) @zansam
Bryan Timm (Floor Hand) @_mastersplinter
Jon Chinnery (Floor Hand) @chindogg21
Mikey Rivera (Floor Hand) @vscOVR9k
Evan Bredendick (Web Development) @MN_ohgrr
Nick Paldino (Statistics Consultant) @casperone
Adam Heart (Legacy Consultant) @thekeits

Recent News: Register HERE. Volunteer HERE. Commentary Applications HERE. Travel & Shuttle Info HERE.