In the summer of 2007, Mike “ElvenShadow” Boczar left Chicago and moved to Japan. When he returned to visit Chicago for the 2007-2008 winter holidays, he was disappointed by the lack of gaming events or tournaments during that time and found it difficult to make time to get together with most of the Chicago and Midwest FGC. So, for the 2008-2009 holiday season, he decided to announce his own original event in Chicago! It all starting with some grassroots community planning on the SRK forums. A very small ballroom was rented at a local hotel, everyone was asked to bring as many CRT TVs and consoles as they could, some tournaments were decided on, and the place was packed with gamers and hype! Being primarily a Guilty Gear player, Guilty Gear was always considered the main event at every Frosty Faustings.
Each year, ElvenShadow returned for the holiday season and held the event again, and each year the event grew larger and larger! Frosty Faustings II was held at the same venue but with an extended ballroom space. Frosty Faustings III – V was held at the classic Chicagoland arcade, Nickel City. Frosty Faustings VI was held at the former gaming lounge, Game Pazzo. With Frosty Faustings VII & VIII, the event expanded into the Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook (former venue of UFGT8) which helped our small tournament grow to almost 700 attendees! The past venues were nice places but the event had clearly outgrown them. In 2017, Frosty Faustings moved to a new venue, the Clarion Inn & Waterford Conference Center in Elmhurst, IL. With 19,000 sqft of gaming, 31 tournaments, 830 competitors, and over 1000 attendees, Frosty Faustings IX was epic!
This year, we are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary with Frosty Faustings X! It’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. Join us as we head back to the Waterford for Chicago’s largest winter fighting game tournament! LET’S ROCK!