WHAT IS COMBO BREAKER?
COMBO BREAKER is a video game convention with open-bracket tournaments focusing on titles from the Fighting Game genre. The convention is produced by COMBO BREAKER LLC & directed by The Hadou.
WHEN IS COMBO BREAKER?
May 24-26, 2019 Memorial Day weekend. The event is open for registered attendees 24/7 from Friday until Sunday night.
WHERE IS COMBO BREAKER?
In 2019, COMBO BREAKER will be hosted at the Mega Center in St. Charles, Illinois, USA. The event takes place in over 60,000 sq. ft. spread across the expo center and adjoining ballrooms at Pheasant Run Resort. Information on discounted hotel rooms at Pheasant Run Resort & other hotels is available HERE.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
You can register HERE for the event. Registration will be open until May 6, 2019, at 11:59pm CDT.
WHAT IS THE EVENT SCHEDULE?
COMBO BREAKER 2019 runs from Friday, May 24 at 10am until Sunday, May 26 at 10pm. Our detailed, game specific schedule will be released no later than May 15, 2019. A tentative schedule will be available May 6, 2019.
HOW OLD DO COMPETITORS NEED TO BE?
You can participate in COMBO BREAKER tournaments at any age. Competitors under 18 will need to have forms signed by a parent or legal guardian to accept any prizing they may earn.
ARE SPECTATORS ALLOWED AT COMBO BREAKER?
Spectators are allowed and encouraged! Spectator passes are available via COMBO BREAKER’s registration page HERE.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A SPECTATOR BADGE FOR MY KIDS AS WELL?
Children under the age of 14 do not need a spectator pass to enter COMBO BREAKER, assuming they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who has a pass.
ARE THERE NON-TOURNAMENT ACTIVITIES AT COMBO BREAKER?
COMBO BREAKER 2019 will feature an arcade, special exhibitions, exciting vendors, an artist alley, a cosplay contest, and much more. You can find out about additional event activities HERE.
WILL VENDORS BE AT COMBO BREAKER?
Yes. Gaming Generations and a variety of other vendors will be on site selling products and collectibles. Once our vendor list solidifies in mid 2019 we will post it online. Additionally, COMBO BREAKER features an Artist Alley showcasing talented artisans specializing in Fighting Game characters.
IS THERE FOOD ON SITE?
The Mega Center and Pheasant Run Resort feature a variety of restaurants, fast casual eating options, and deep dish pizza delivery. Additionally, fast food, sit down restaurants, and grocery stores are available in the surrounding area via short walks or even shorter drives.
WHAT DOES BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER MEAN?
COMBO BREAKER requires competitors to supply their own controller for any tournaments they enter. This means you will need to bring an arcade stick, console pad controller, or inventive keyboard solution compatible with the console your tournament is hosted on. If you are not sure what makes a controller legal or illegal you can find out in the Event Rules HERE.
ARE CONTROLLER CONVERTERS ALLOWED?
Yes, but with a few limitations (for example, Cronus Device products are banned). More details are available in the Event Rules HERE.
ARE CONTROLLER MODDERS AVAILABLE?
Absolutely. COMBO BREAKER will feature some of the nation’s finest controller modders in attendance. Whether you are looking for a simple button swap, a multi-console mod, or something particularly extravagant, our guest modders should have you covered.
WHAT IS DOUBLE ELIMINATION?
Double Elimination is a tournament format requiring a participant to lose two sets in competition before being eliminated. As a competitor, you will start the tournament in the Winners Bracket, and advance towards Grand Finals with each victory. Should you lose, you will find yourself in the Losers Bracket; a second chance area of the bracket where victories can still lead to Grand Finals. More information on bracket formats can be found HERE.
WHO MAKES TOURNAMENT BRACKETS?
COMBO BREAKER brackets are developed by CurlyBrackets, with assistance from trusted community representatives. COMBO BREAKER’s bracket development team is trusted by many of the world’s finest tournaments.
WHAT KIND OF PRIZING CAN I WIN AT COMBO BREAKER?
Tournament finalists win medals and monetary prizing. Tournament champions win special event trophies and monetary prizing.