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Frosty Faustings’ 10th anniversary celebrates Chicago’s esports community

By Jourdan Kerl
Medill Reports

The first bell sounded, launching furious fighters into battle. “Round one. Fight!” Mission: to defeat the opponent, to climb through the brackets and win  a new championship title in Chicago-area esports.

One of Chicago’s original esports events, Frosty Faustings, celebrated 10 years of fighting game history on Friday and Saturday. The 10th anniversary tournament hosted more than 1,000 spectators. Players competed for bragging rights and prizes.

Cheers and boos filled the competition space as fans spurred on the top players. Attendees could perform in costume as their favorite  characters in the inaugural cosplay, showcase artwork in Artist Alley, or purchase new gamer gear from sponsors, such as Gaming Generations, Windy Gaming and Paradise Arcade Shop.

Competitors take the stage in more than 30 tournament events at Frosty Faustings’ 10th Anniversary. (Jourdan Kerl/MEDILL)