News17th of May - BAM5 begins today!
Make sure you head on down to the venue from 6pm onwards tonight to pick up your pass and enjoy a night full of awesome music, exhbition matches and casuals to warm up for the tournament!
16th of May - Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment: Major BAM5 Sponsor Details!
We are proud to announce that INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, brought to you by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment Australia, is a Major Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!
The game has been causing quite a stir, and CouchWarriors is proud to be hosting Australia’s first Major tournament for Injustice: Gods Among Us. What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat? NetherRealm Studios, creators of Mortal Kombat, have set out to create the definitive DC comics based fighting game.
Players have been practicing hard to prove that they are in fact the greatest threat – and we’ll see the results on Saturday 18th at BAM5!
Don’t miss – Remember the writer of the Injustice: Gods Among Us comic book, Tom Taylor, will be at BAM between 2pm-6pm on Saturday! Check the guest schedule here.
Cast your eyes over the incredible Mortal Kombat, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and DC Superheroes DVD prize pack on offer for attendees.
6 x Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition Arcade sticks (3 Xbox, 3 PS3)
5 x Mortal Kombat PS3
5 x Mortal Kombat X360
5 x Injustice PS3
5 x Injustice X360
5 x Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (DVD)
5 x Superman Doomsday (DVD)
5 X Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (DVD)
Many thanks to Injustice: Gods Among Us and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment Australia for their amazing support of Battle Arena Melbourne
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16th of May - SEGA: BAM5 Sponsor Details!
Creators of many all time classic games and systems, SEGA are supporting our feature tournament for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown with an incredible prize pack of official VF5FS Arcade sticks, Tshirts, and Xbox Live VF5FS download codes – for not just the game, but the two complete costume packs.
Stay tuned to the CouchWarriors Facebook, Twitter and stream for more chances to win DLC codes during the event.
Don’t miss – The friendly rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne will reach a new level with a special 5 vs 5 Exhibition match!
x2 Hori Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Real Arcade Pro V3(PS3)
x10 SEGA Virtua Fighter 5 FS Tshirts
x5 XBLA codes for VIRTUA FIGHTER 5: FINAL SHOWDOWN
x10 XBLA cods for VF5FS Costume Packs 1 and 2 (5 each)
Many thanks to SEGA UK and Australian distributor Five Star Games for their support of Battle Arena Melbourne
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16th of May - MADMAN: BAM5 Sponsor Prize Details!
Madman are Australia’s leading independent film and DVD distributor with the best and latest in anime, asian cinema and cult films.
The huge Madman prize package will be shared across all games, featuring gaming anime releases MASS EFFECT: PARAGON LOST and PERSONA 4: THE ANIMATION, Capcom favourites including, if there are no Objections – the live action ACE ATTORNEY!
Plus the incredible live action RUROUNI KENSHIN and supporting BAM5 guest Tom Taylor, copies of his amazing original graphic novels, THE DEEP 1 and 2 – And more!
x2 Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Blu-Ray)
x2 Berserk Movie 1 – The Egg of the King (Blu-Ray)
x2 Persona 4: The Animation Vol 1 (Eps 1-9) (Blu-Ray)
x2 Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge (DVD)
x2 Street Fighter II The Movie (Uncut) (DVD)
x2 The Deep: There Be Dragons
x2 The Deep: The Vanishing Island
x10 Ace Attorney
x10 Rurouni Kenshin ( 5 DVD & 5 Blu-Ray)
x2 Hellsing Ultimate Collection (Blu-Ray)
x2 Blood: C Series Collection (Blu-Ray)
x2 Eagleheart [adult swim] (DVD)
Many thanks to MADMAN for their support of Battle Arena Melbourne!
Join MADMAN on Facebook
Follow Madman on Twitter @animemadman
16th of May - BAM5 Player Interviews by New Game Plus - Round 2!
BAM5 Player Profiles by New Game Plus - HumanBomb
Check out the second round of interviews on the Media Page!
15th of May - PSELODUX Interview by Berzerk
In partnership with Sound Bytes, Chiptunes musician Pselodux will open BAM5 Friday entertainment with a blistering spacerock set, bringing together the chiptunes and competitive gaming scenes for the first time, making BAM a true festival of gaming.
We took a moment with Pselodux, aka Rob Curulli, to talk about his upcoming performance, and the worlds of chipmusic and gaming.
15th of May - MINDSCAPE BAM5 Sponsor Prize Details!
Mindscape are the distributor in Australia for both KONAMI and TECMO KOEI. We have amazing giveaways from each. The fantastic team at Mindscape are continuing to throw strong support behind Dead or Alive 5 in the tournament scene. Expect to see them popping up at conventions and events around the country.
As a special bonus we are pleased to announce every DOA5 entrant will receive an Angel and Devil DLC code to download the latest DOA5 Costume pack, free!
2 x Dead Or Alive 5 COLLECTORS EDITION
2 x Dead Or Alive 5
4 x Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge
4 x Fist of the North Star: Kens Rage 2
4 x Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
4 x Metal Gear Rising: Revengance
Many thanks to MINDSCAPE for their support of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!
Join the MINDSCAPE Facebook
Follow the MINDSCAPE Twitter @MINDSCAPEau
14th of May - BAM5 Pool Allocations are now live!
mobile friendly mini-site.
Please note that pool allocations may be subject to minor changes over the days leading up to the event so please double check on Friday just in case.
We wish all the best of luck to all our competitors!
14th of May - Avermedia BAM5 Sponsor Prize Details!
We are proud to announce AVERMEDIA is a Major Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!
Live Gamer Portable
One lucky winner will walk away with an Avermedia Live Gamer Portable ahead of its release. This is a pocket size USB capture box that can capture full HD, designed specifically for gamers.
3 x Game Capture HD
Three of the desktop capture device will also be given away. Record from all of your gaming devices in real time.
Many thanks to AVERMEDIA for their support of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!
Join AVERMEDIA on Facebook
Follow AVERMEDIA on Twitter @AVerMediaGZ
13th of May - BAM5 Sydney Player Profiles by New Game Plus
Our media partners at New Game Plus attended the York St Battles BAM5 qualifier this month and chatted with some of the players planning to attend BAM5.
Check them all out and see what they had to say, and who they had to call out over at the media page!
BAM5 Player Profiles by New Game Plus - Shangtsung
13th of May - Pre-Registration is now closed!
Thank you to all who pre-registered, we blew last year's pre-reg figure out of the water!
Hold tight for pool announcement as they are released tonight.
12th of May - Final Day to Pre-register for BAM5!
Registration closes at midnight the 12th of May! Make sure you get your registration in ASAP to avoid missing out!
11th of May - Friday Exhibition Timetable locked in!
That's right ladies and gentlemen, we have an amazing array of scheduled exhibitions for you this Friday the 17th of May.
We have a great lineup of entertaining matches in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012 and Virtua Fighter 5. With Injustice and Mortal Kombat closing off Saturday night!
Check out the schedule for full details
10th of May - Plantronics GAMECOM: Major Sponsor Prize Details!
We are proud to announce GAMECOM is a Major Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5, and our exclusive Headset sponsor. BAM5 also uses Gamecom headset for player comfort on its tournament pool setups. http://www.gamecom.com.au
Gamecom is the gamer specific headset brand from industry leading communications manufacturer, Plantronics. Specialists in gaming audio, Gamecom also strongly support the competitive arena in Australia through events and their own esports squad, Team Gamecom.
$500 CASH BONUS TO TOURNAMENT PRIZE POT!
$100 pot bonus each for: Super Street Fighter 4 AE v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, King of Fighters XIII, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown and Injustice: Gods Among Us
9 GAMECOM X95 Headsets
An amazing high end, wireless headset for the Xbox 360, with separate voice and audio controls, this is the highly sought after prize that both tournament winners and lucky BAM5 attendees will have a chance at winning.
Many thanks to GAMECOM for their support of competitive gaming and their ongoing support of Battle Arena Melbourne!
Join GAMECOM on Facebook
Follow GAMECOM on Twitter @GAMECOMau
9th of May - Pre-register for BAM5 and win!
Pre-registration closes in just 3 more days at midnight on the 12th of May! Make sure you get your registration in for a chance to save money and win awesome prizes courtesy on our sponsors.
We'll be drawing the following prizes raffle style on Monday the 13th of May from those who are pre-registered:
1 x Persona 4 Arena PS3 download code courtesy of Atlus
1 x Darkstalkers Xbox360 download code courtesy of Capcom Australia
1 x Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Xbox360 download code courtesy of SEGA Australia
1 x Street Fighter x Tekken Xbox360 DLC Character code courtesy of Capcom Australia
1 x Dead or Alive 5 Xbox360 Angel and Devil costume code courtesy of Mindscape
Make sure you REGISTER now for your chance to win!
4th of May - The Fourth Player podcasting live at BAM5!
The erudite, awesome gaming podcast The Fourth Player @playerfourth will be at #BAM5! Recording a show, trash talking, you name it.
Make sure to catch them around the venue and hang around for a chance to see them do their thing in person. Rumour has it they may even be taking on challengers!
Check them out online
21st of April - BAM5 Trailer by SonOfDad ft. PSELODUX!
Big Thanks to SonOfDad for this years fantastic BAM5 trailer! Less than a month to go, hope you're all excited!
Music by PSELODUX who will be playing an awesome set to open BAM5 on Friday night. Shoutouts to Sound Bytes!
19th of April - BAM5 Qualifiers!
This year we have a series of official BAM5 qualifiers hosted by this nations finest tournament organisers. If you're thinking of coming to BAM then make sure you attend one of these great events and earn your BAM5 Seeding Points!
Brisbane - QSAC Stadium - April 7th
Melbourne - Shadowlogic HQ - April 21st
Adelaide - TBA - April 28th
Sydney - 99 on York - May 4th
18th of April - CouchWarriors and Sound Bytes presents a Chiptunes set by PSELODUX to open #BAM5!
Chipmusic and fighting games combine at Battle Arena Melbourne! As part of the 5th Anniversary of BAM, CouchWarriors has teamed up with Sound Bytes to bring these cool corners of gaming culture together.
On Friday May 17, as attendees get hyped for our special evening of exhibition matches, we will open with a special live music set from chiptunes artist PSELODUX.
Playing in the scene for 7 years, Pselodux has brought his brand of space rock to Sound Bytes events, including Square Sounds and Blip Festival and now will hit us a set from 7pm om the 17th. Not only that, but a sneak preview of Pselodux' hard new sounds will feature on the upcoming BAM5 trailer.
Sound Bytes - Website - Facebook - Twitter
Pselodux - Bandcamp - Twitter
16th of April - Tom Taylor appearing at BAM5!
INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US Writer TOM TAYLOR to appear at #BAM5 Plus Giveaways from ALL STAR COMICS!
Tom will be signing books, games and talking about the development of this epic story! There will be Injustice #1 comic giveaways sponsored by ALL STAR COMICS!
Writer of award winning plays, comics set in a galaxy far far away, and adventure under the ocean waves - be it Star Wars, Green Lantern, or the soon to be animated TV series THE DEEP, Tom is Australia's own comics superstar and will be appearing on SATURDAY at Battle Arena Melbourne during the Injustice pools (3pm-5pm approx).
Bring your comics and games for signing (The comic is included in the Collector's Edition).
We are also proud to announce the support of All Star Comics Melbourne who will generously be providing copies of the multi-print-run sold out Injustice #1. All Star Comics is Melbourne's most innovative comic store, and has quickly become the destination for special events, guest signings and a friendly intro to the fantastic world of comics and pop culture.
Tom Taylor - Website - Twitter
All Star Comics - Website - Facebook
12th of April - Mortal Kombat!
Mortal Kombat fans! Get over here!
BAM5 will feature a Mortal Kombat Exhibition on Saturday evening following the Injustice finals.
We are also pleased to announce a fantastic array of prizes courtesy of Warner Bros Games Australia!
The prizes you can win throughout the weekend include:
- Copies of Mortal Kombat on PS3 and Xbox360
- Mortal Kombat Fight Sticks for PS3 and Xbox360
- Copies of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Superman Doomsday and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths on DVD and Bluray!
9th of April - Player Survey!
Fill out some valuable information for the commentary team!
Help us out with a little useful information about yourself! It will be used as a reference for commentators and may help make the event a more exciting experience for those watching at home!
7th of April - Injustice: Gods Among Us Special Launch Tournament!
CouchWarriors is pleased to announce that thanks to Injustice: Gods Among Us, we will be the first Australian major fighting game event to host an Injustice tournament!
Injustice: Gods Among Us is brought to you by the makers of Mortal Kombat, which also comes out in Australia just in time for BAM, stay tuned for more details there.
More specific details on the Injustice tournament are yet to come as the standard for competitive rules develop once the game hits our shores.
Special thanks to our good friends at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment!
4th of April - Registration is open!
After a short delay Registration for BAM5 is now open!
Make sure you get in early to ensure your spot as there are limited places in each game and those entering on the day are not guaranteed a spot.
Save yourself time and money and see your pool allocations days before the event! Register now!
1st of April - Schedule is online
The 2013 BAM Schedule is online. Details of the Smash tournaments are still yet to come, but feel free to check out when all your favourite games will be running over the weekend!
23rd of March - The Bomb Has Been Set!
Will Johnny's Hong Kong technology be too much for Australia's finest, or will the unstoppable threat finally be disarmed by the Australian bomb squad? One thing's for sure, BAM5 is going to be one hell of a show as we find out how far our Street Fighters have truly come!
"Let's have money matches... Show me the $$$" -
Johnny "Humanbomb" Cheng
15th of March - BAM2013 Poster by BossLogic
Poster courtesy of BossLogic Inc
15th of March - BAM2013 site is online!
Welcome to 5th Anniversary of Battle Arena Melbourne!
This year we're celebrating in an all new timeslot to the Australian tournament calendar and bringing even more hype with many surprises yet to be announced.
We're back at CQ in Melbourne, hot off the heels of the OzHadou Nationals in Sydney and ready to run it back! Please check out all the details for the official games and special events of the weekend by taking in all the details on this site.
This year BAM is expanding to a 3 day fighting game tournament by adding a Friday night full of great exhibition matches.
Don't forget to Pre-Register ASAP to lock in your place and help us plan and pay for the event to the best of our abilities.
More details will be coming in the coming weeks but for now, check out the details, lock in your registration and above all. Get Hype!