Melbourne Esports Open returns with the CouchWarriors Fighting Game Stage

We’re returning to Melbourne Esports Open to bring fighting games to #MEO2019! Catch all the action on the CouchWarriors Fighting Game Stage as part of this major esports festival! MEO is coming up on August 31 to September 1

Five fighting games. $1,000 Base Prize Pool Each.

Compete in Street Fighter V,  Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Super Smash Bros Melee. Melee has an extra $500 thanks to Melbourne Melee, and Dragon Ball has something extra special!

Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour

We’re bringing DBFZ World Tour to the MEO arena! Take part in this Tenkaichi event, claim a share in an added $1,000 cash prize pool and earn points on the world leaderboard. More info on DBFZ World Tour: https://dbfzworldtour.com/

Here’s how you can get involved

With your tickets for event entry, registration for the fighting games are free. Each game is double elimination, entry is open to all comers and skill levels. Compete to show you’re the best, or improve your skills!

SCHEDULE FOR FIGHTING GAMES AT MEO

Saturday

Tekken, Street Fighter V and Dragon Ball FighterZ

Doors Open for registration:Check in at the MEO registration desk between 9am and 10am on the day to confirm your spot in the bracket.

All tournaments will start at 11am. All games are double elimination.

Street Fighter V

Top 8: 2pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

Tekken 7 

Top 8: 3:30pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Two day event. Finalists provided passes for Sunday)

Event Start: Pools 12pm, Semifinals 4pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz

Sunday

Smash 4 and Smash Melee, DBFZ finals

Doors Open for registration:Check in at the MEO registration desk between 9am and 10am on the day to confirm your spot in the bracket.

All tournaments will start at 11am. All games are double elimination.

Finals:

Smash 4 Top 8: 2:00pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash

Smash Melee Top 8: 2:30pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Two day event. Finalists provided passes for Sunday)

Event Start: Top 8: 12pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz

Follow the ANZ players at EVO this weekend! Schedule in AEST, BAM Path To EVO

The biggest fighting game tournament in the world is this weekend! EVO 2019 in Las Vegas will draw players from across the globe, including players from Australia and New Zealand. Read on to follow who will be going and the event schedule.

Proudly sponsored by CouchWarriors’ BAM Path To EVO program, three players achieved ANZ champion status at BAM11 this year. As a result their flights and accommodation is taken care of and they have arrived to make their mark at EVO!

Super Smash Bros Smash Ultimate Winner: Bradley Defective Dagger Kun 

Defective Dagger defeated previous Smash Ultimate champion Extra, a changing of the guard moment

Tekken winner: Daniel “Wowzer” Collington 

Wowzer in Tekken is a young player from NZ who in his first major tournament, fought his way through the ANZ special knockout event to win.

Street Fighter V winner: Travis Styles

 

Travis is a top SFV player but couldn’t attend the eastern states events to earn points. He claimed his spot as the top player in the main BAM tournament itself and won through.

There are many more great ANZ players at EVO so keep an eye on the CouchWarriors and FGC twitter accounts, we’ll be sharing their posts as we see them!

 

EVO Schedule in AEST

The official EVO schedule image has been updated by our own Dragon Ball FighterZ and Samurai Shodown TO, Aura, for your viewing convenience!

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CouchWarriors QLD is running an egg-citing new major, Sunny Side Up!

Brisbane has been lacking a major FGC national event for some time now and thanks to the Couchwarriors team in Brisbane we will finally have a national series grace the sunshine state once again!

Sunny Side Up will be the 2nd fighting game major that Couchwarriors has run this year with BAM11 having being the largest open entry esports event in Australia once again breaking its own record and Couchwarriors Crossup being planned for a sequel later on in the year.

Sunny Side Up is being held at the University of Queensland on the 10th and 11th of August with Australia’s best players gearing up to make the journey to Brisbane, it is expected to be a thrilling weekend of pure FGC action.

Sunny Side Up will earn double points in the second installment of the BAM Path to EVO series! This series finale of the first iteration of the Path to EVO series saw three players win trips to compete at Evolution 2019 in Las Vegas! Information on the BAM Path to EVO series can be found at http://www.bampathtoevo.com.

 

 

Schedule: To be announced

Dates: Saturday, August 10th – Sunday, August 11th 2019

Location: University of Queensland Union Building, St Lucia, 4067, QLD

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/568499486977928/

Registration Details: https://smash.gg/SunnySideUp

 

Entry Fee:

$40 Soft-boiled Egg Registration (Ends Sunday 30th of June Midnight)

$60 Hard-boiled Egg Registration (Ends Thursday 9th of August Midnight).

$70 on day registration (Gold and Silver tournaments, cut off 1hr before tournament start)

Registration for all Platinum level tournaments and Smash titles ends July 31st!

 

Tournament Entry Fees:

$10 per Platinum and Gold tournament

$5 per Silver and DIY tournament

 

Spectator:

$10 Weekend (can convert to Venue entry)

 

IMPORTANT:

If you don’t have a pass, then you will not be allowed onto the venue

Please ensure you have your pass visible at all times.

 

Picking up your Ticket/Pass:

You will need to show a valid form of ID (PayPal Receipt / Smash.GG Account / License) when speaking with the TO’s to pick up your pass.

Speak to our TO’s at the Registration Desk to pick up your passes. Once you have your pass, you will be free to play casuals or when scheduled, play your tournament matches.

 

The Games

Platinum Games:

Super Smash Bros: Melee Singles

Super Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate Singles

Tekken 7

 

Gold Games:

Super Smash Bros: Project Melee

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate Doubles

Super Smash Bros: Melee Doubles

Mortal Kombat 11

Dragonball FighterZ

 

Silver Games:

Project M

Soul Calibur 6

UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st]

Guilty Gear Xrd REV2

BlazBlue: Central Fiction

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

 

MORE SILVER AND DIY GAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

 

Make sure to make your way up to the Sunny Side for Sunny Side Up this August!

BAM Path To EVO Season 2! Ranking League updates with MK11, Double Points Majors and More.

After a successful Season 1, finding champion ANZ players to send to EVO, the world’s biggest tournament, CouchWarriors have announced the BAM Path to EVO Season 2

This special Ranking Series ties across the community monthly RanBat tournaments across Australia and New Zealand, and in regular online events. Gathering these points lets us find the top players across the region, award prize, and provide a free trip to CouchWarriors Crossup at end of year.

Every month as events conclude you can follow the player rankings on a central points ladder. The ladder can be found at BamPathtoEvo.com.au

Each event is live streamed and featured in Twitch.TV front page promotion in ANZ.

Now, as BAM11 has wrapped, we’re resetting the points, adding a NEW game in MK11, and kicking off a new season!

Season 2 Changes

BAM Path To EVO Season 2 will use the same points system, with a twist for upcoming majors, and provide players a set of goals for the second half of 2019.  This Season will lead into our end of year finals event, CouchWarriors Crossup (CWC).

CWC in turn will be the curtain raiser for the next phase, leading to BAM and EVO in 2020.

In a nutshell:

  • Season Dates – June to November, 2019
  • Games:
    • Mortal Kombat 11 (NEW)
    • Street Fighter V
    • Tekken 7
    • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Double Points at Majors – BPTE Points will apply to the following interstate Majors with DOUBLE points. Support your regional major!
    • Sunny Side Up (Brisbane, August 10-11) Register Now
    • Ozhadou Nationals (Sydney, September 23-24)
    • Southern Crossup (Auckland NZ, October 5-6)
  • Top points per Region get travel & entry to CouchWarriors Crossup
    • We’ll reimburse your flight if coming interstate and provide free venue
  • Prizes!
    • Tournament prizes and Subscriber rewards are to be announced.
  • Channels To Follow Subscribe – Sub to any below to CrowdFund more ANZ Player Travel!

Read on for upcoming events and details on the points system

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Community Contribution Award: Jason O’Callaghan

It is with great pleasure to present this years community award to our colleague and long time friend, Jason O’Callaghan, for his hard work & contributions for the CouchWarriors Committee. It’s thanks to him and the team at New Game Plus, we have been able to run our events and tackle new opportunities. 

From the team and people at CouchWarriors, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, we couldn’t do it without you.

BAM11 feedback form now live!

 

Battle Arena Melbourne 11 was our largest event yet, we would like to thank everyone that came down to compete, spectator or celebrate our passionate community.

Have some thoughts on this years BAM event? We want to hear about it!
Also, as a thank you, we’re giving away 5 Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Headsets to five vocal attendees!

How do you get one of these beauties? Simple!

  1. Fill out our feedback form, remember to include your email!)
    link: https://forms.gle/iAFUy9L44fEPCCJH8
  2. That’s it! (wasn’t so hard, was it?)

We will be announcing the winners at the end of June! Plenty of time to gather your thoughts.

We look forward to hearing from you and good luck!

BAM11 – Results

Another huge weekend has marked the 11th annual Battle Arena Melbourne! BAM11 saw Australia’s biggest fighting game event step into its second decade, and third year at the Melbourne Convention Centre.  The CouchWarriors team, a group of community volunteer organisers is incredibly proud of the event blown away by the response of the community.

Among other achievements, BAM11 had 1,020 unique fighting game competitors! Add to that nearly 500 spectators, PC LAN and Splatoon 2 competitors, and our total attendance by footfall was 4,412! This is by far the biggest open entry esports competition in Australia and New Zealand. Thank you all for another record breaking year!

Of course, the real story of BAM11 every year is the incredible feats in each tournament. With 42 events over 3 days, there were multiple national championships and hundreds of stories of small rivalries to legendary finals including many with international superstars.

We saw the first Mortal Kombat 11 major, the biggest tournament ever for Smash Ultimate and global points on the line in Tekken World Tour and Capcom Pro Tour. In fact, tournament attendances rose across the board. All this, and we crowned ANZ champions in the BAM PATH TO EVO finals for SFV, Tekken and Smash Ultimate, meaning three players are going to EVO World Championships with flight and accom expenses paid.

Hit up the Twitch replays for each game by following the guide in this post

Photos:

Videos:

TWT Recap video

CPT Recap video

Read on for more results and info! (Full results at bottom of post)

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CouchWarriors at Oz Comic-Con 2019

 

Appearing again for the 5th year in a row, CouchWarriors will be bringing your favourite fighting games  tournaments to both days of Oz Comic-Con 2019.

Taking over Oz Comic-Con’s “Gaming Zone” for another year, we will be running tournaments for community favourite games such as Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Street Fighter V, DOA6 and Tekken 7 as well as casual set ups, learn to play sessions and more.

As usual, our convention tournaments are a more casual environment that the usual CouchWarriors events, so if you or someone you know wants to get into the tournament scene or try out a new game there is no better time to give it a shot!!!

For more information about CouchWarriors at OCC2019, as well as the rest of what OCC2019 has to offer, please check out the schedule Here

 

 

 

BAM11 launches today, breaks ground for ANZ esports with over 1,000 pre-reg! Full Feature lineup.

Australian fighting game championships BAM11 launches today, breaks ground for ANZ esports with over 1,000 competitors pre-registered

Australia’s largest open esports event, breaks a major attendance milestone and offers $50,000+ Prize Pool at its 11th Annual event.  Full gaming festival schedule announced.

 

Melbourne, Friday May 17, 2019 – CouchWarriors announced today that Australia’s national championship for fighting games, part of global esports circuits, has confirmed over 1,000 players are already preregistered to compete, a 15% increase year on year. BAM11 is on track to beat last year’s 2,000 total attendance. Record breaking numbers have signed up for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Tekken, Mortal Kombat and more. Across all events, there is over $50,000 in cash and prize value to be won. Also a gaming festival with cosplay, artist alley, indie developers and a PC LAN, the full schedule of features for players and spectators has been announced.

 

BAM11, presented by Mortal Kombat 11, returns to Melbourne Convention Centre starting today Friday, 17th May and running to Sunday 19th May.

 

 

  • Some tournaments are still open including for spectators.
  • All major tournaments will be streamed live on Twitch.TV. Full schedule
  • Watch the Event Trailer:

 

BAM11 attracts international pro players to Australia, while simultaneously launching local players on the global scene. Three ANZ based players will win trips to EVO World Championships in Las Vegas.

 

BAM11 is the Australian stop for global circuits for Tekken 7 as a Master event in the Tekken World Tour, and Street Fighter V as a Ranking Event on the Capcom Pro Tour.

Among the 42 events at BAM11, this is first mega event for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and the first major for Mortal Kombat 11, the event presenting partner.

 

An unmissable event in the gaming community, especially for fighting game fans. As an open entry event, every player has the chance to play world champions, and become a national champion. The record breaking numbers continue in individual tournaments.

 

  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate – 340 entrants. The biggest fighting game tournament in ANZ history
  • Tekken 7 – 257 entrants. The biggest Tekken event in ANZ history, returning for the second time as a Master event on the Tekken World Tour
  • Mortal Kombat 11 – 122 entrants, Mortal Kombat’s biggest ever ANZ tournament
  • Street Fighter V – 120 entrants, 6th year on the Capcom Pro Tour.
  • Super Smash Bros Melee – 140 entrants. The grand tradition continues

 

Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V have multiple world famous international players arriving on our shores including JDCR (South Korea), Xian (Singapore), Gamerbee (Taiwan), Kbrad (USA) and Bonchan (Japan)

Activity for Spectators, Gaming and Pop Culture fans

https://www.couchwarriors.org/bam11-spectator-activity/

Alongside these marquee tournaments there are hundreds of players across 42 events.  It’s not only fighting games, as BAM11 plays host to great features that Spectators can enjoy

 

 

Competitor passes for five “Platinum” level titles are closed but Gold and Silver level tournaments are still open, and Spectator tickets are available all weekend for only $20 including at the door.

BAM Path To EVO – launching ANZ players on the world stage

www.bampathtoevo.com.au

BAM11 will also determine which 3 ANZ players will be declared best in region for Tekken, Street Fighter and Smash Bros, winning a trip to the EVO World Championships in Las Vegas in the finals of the BAM Path To EVO series.

Qualifier info https://www.couchwarriors.org/bam-path-to-evo-how-to-qualify/

 

Schedule and Where to Watch

https://www.couchwarriors.org/schedule/

All these tournaments will be live streamed on Twitch.TV channels

 

More information

 

ABOUT COUCHWARRIORS

CouchWarriors, established 2006, is an expert in gaming tournaments and esports events.  A community run not for profit with over 10 years experience, grown from the vibrant fighting game community. Hosts of Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest open entry esports tournament event. CouchWarriors offer casual and grassroots events, scaling to tournaments at the national level.  Both beginner to expert players have room with our inclusive approach, from a professionally minded tournament team. CouchWarriors also offers commercial events services from tournament organisation and administration, live streaming, event management and staffing. CouchWarriors have supported events including Melbourne Esports Open, Madman Anime Festival and PAX Australia. To learn more about CouchWarriors, visit www.couchwarriors.org, www.facebook.com/couchwarriors, or www.twitter.com/couchwarriors

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