Mortal Kombat Tournament Winner Breaks Light Fixture Worth More Than Prize Money


Unexpected Consequences at CEO 2024

The 2024 CEO fighting game tournament in Orlando, Florida, saw a dramatic turn when Mortal Kombat 1 champion Alex ‘Dyloch’ Ruiz celebrated his win in a costly manner. During the Winners Bracket finals, Ruiz, playing as General Shao, threw his chair into the audience, inadvertently smashing a $3,000 light fixture.

Organizer’s Response

Tournament organizer Alex Jebailey quickly addressed the incident, stating that Ruiz would be responsible for the damages. Jebailey warned other participants against similar behavior, emphasizing the importance of maintaining decorum at such events. Despite his win, Ruiz’s prize money of $565 falls short of covering the cost of the broken light, leaving him with a significant financial burden.

Community Reactions

The incident sparked mixed reactions within the gaming community. Some praised Ruiz’s passionate ‘pop-off,’ while others criticized the recklessness of his actions. The situation drew comparisons to past incidents involving players like Smash Bros. pro Juan ‘Hungrybox’ DeBiedma, who also faced backlash for similar behavior.


While Ruiz celebrated his victory, the aftermath serves as a reminder of the potential consequences of unchecked enthusiasm in competitive gaming. The financial implications and community response underscore the need for players to balance passion with responsibility.