Media Release


Published 05/04/2016

St. Charles, Illinois – COMBO BREAKER, the largest competitive fighting game event to come to Illinois, will host its 3-day competition over the Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, 2016 at Pheasant Run Resort, Megacenter, St. Charles, IL. This event draws more than 1,000 gamers from 48 states, and 7 countries, including multiple provinces in Canada.

“A melting pot of culture and competition,” CB 2016 is a gaming entertainment event where its players can compete, relax and have a great time.

According to, “The event was born from Adam Heart retiring the Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament series in 2014. Recognizing that his absence would leave the area without its annual gaming extravaganza, Richard Thiher, then Assistant Director of the series, partnered with Gaming Generations to develop a worthy successor. When COMBO BREAKER arrived in 2015 it showcased exciting, clockwork proficient tournaments and a unique 24-hour venue experience. Its focus on community also saw it become one of the most viewed fighting game tournaments on in 2015.”

This year’s competition of 20 tournaments promises to be intense and exhilarating, featuring games such as Super Smash Brothers Melee, Mortal Kombat, Skullgirls, Tekken 7 – a special yet to be released in America arcade game, and Street Fighter V - the featured game for the 2016 Capcom Pro Tour, highlighted at Combo Breaker! Street Fighter V features 16 new and returning characters as well as new battle mechanics.

CB 2016 also boasts exciting activities, such as a classic arcade open 24 hours a day, character auction tournaments, an artist alley with participants representing 7 states, an abundant vendor floor; the Indie Game showcase, a pool party and much more! Gamers are encouraged to “come for the tournaments, stay for the experience.”

Because of the generous support of event sponsor, Gaming Generations, onsite free registration will be available for spectators at this year’s event. Gaming Generations has been helping the gaming community grow for nearly a decade.

With confirmed world champions in attendance and dramatic prizes for winners (including a $10K prize pool for Mortal Kombat), Combo Breaker 2016 is a sought after and highly anticipated competition for gamers and future eSports professionals. The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded by the Illinois Office of Tourism and a portion of the hotel/motel tax collected by St. Charles hotels to promote Greater St. Charles as a destination for leisure tourists and meetings and conventions, sports events, and motorcoach trips. For additional information regarding the bureau’s marketing and sales activities, contact the bureau at 630-377-6161, 800-777-4373 or

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