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COMBO BREAKER 2023 reveals tournament info, 29+ fighting game lineup


No coast, no kings, just fighting game tournaments. COMBO BREAKER 2023 announced its convention schedule, which includes what may be the final major Street Fighter V tournament.

No coast, no kings. One of the perennial FGC tournaments returns to the Midwest as COMBO BREAKER 2023 revealed its schedule today, along with a lineup of over 29 fighting game tournaments. Making a return to Schaumburg, Illinois for 2023, COMBO BREAKER looks to continue a tradition of bringing the culture of the fighting game community to the masses. Along the way, it looks like we'll get an amazing weekend of tournaments to boot. The convention takes place May 26-28.

The Midwest runback

Formed in 2015 as a convention and fighting game tournament extravaganza, it appears that COMBO BREAKER 2023 will keep the tradition alive. This year's gathering looks to offer a full arcade ballroom, a pop-up shop for the COMBO BREAKER apparel brand, mystery tournaments, and more crammed into the Schaumburg Convention Center. But as well all know, the real draw are the fighting games. Good thing there's no short supply of FGC goodness awaiting competitors at this year's iteration.
  • Killer Instinct
  • King of Fighters XV
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
  • Skullgirls: 2nd Encore
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike
  • Guilty Gear Strive
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Blazblue Cross Tag Battle
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown
  • Street Fighter II: Turbo
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina
  • Them's Fightin' Herds
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Round 2
  • Brawlhalla
  • Tekken 7
  • Granblue Fantasy Versus
  • Multiversus
  • Vampire Savior
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Rushdown Revolt
  • Primal Rage
  • DNF Duel
  • Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late [CL-R]
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Blazblue Central Fiction
Notably, COMBO BREAKER 2023 could very will be the last major Street Fighter V tournament before the release of Street Fighter 6. 2017's tournament doubled as a Capcom Pro Tour qualifier, with NuckleDu Ruffin securing first place. Other notable players from last year's SFV tournament include Filipinoman, MenaRD, SMUG, Punk, Justin Wong, and more. There's no reason to doubt that the final major tournament of the Street Fighter V cycle may very well bring out the old-heads for one final spin.
And as always, keep an eye on for more FGC news and notes.
Will Harrison
Will Harrison
Editor | Twitter @Hammer_Barn
Will has over a decade of print and digital journalism experience, with bylines in Polygon, The Escapist, The Toledo Blade, The Austin American-Statesman, and more. He's also the host of the World of Warcraft lore podcast Essence of Azeroth, loves Murlocs just a bit too much, and owns too many cats.