• Events and Details: August 2022

    From one major to another, and still going strong! It’s been an incredible couple of months for our community, with both BAM and Phantom putting on hugely successful and exciting tournaments.

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  • PHANTOM 2022 Major Recap

    It’s now been just over a week since Phantom 2022 rocked Sydney – hopefully long enough for all attendees and competitors to have fully recovered! Phantom was a truly massive

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  • The BAM12 Honour Roll – All Top 8 Results for Every Event!

    Thanks to all who attended and competed this weekend as part of the twelfth Battle Arena Melbourne!! After a two year wait, the fighting game community returned to Melbourne Exhibition and Convention

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  • BAM 2022 PRIZES

    We all compete for different reasons, for fun, for improvement, and to enjoy the challenge of facing our friends and rivals – for the glory! Trophies and Medals apply down

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Events and Details: August 2022

From one major to another, and still going strong! It’s been an incredible couple of months for our community, with both BAM and Phantom putting on hugely successful and exciting tournaments.

But there’s still plenty on the schedule for 2022! Here are the dates and sign-up links for all August’s CouchWarriors League events – both online and offline. And don’t forget, Dreamhack Melbourne is coming up in just a few weeks – CouchWarriors will be running the fighting games section between September 2nd-4th!
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PHANTOM 2022 Major Recap

It’s now been just over a week since Phantom 2022 rocked Sydney – hopefully long enough for all attendees and competitors to have fully recovered!

Phantom was a truly massive weekend for our elite Smash players and for the whole community, with 575 entrants across Melee, Ultimate, P+ and Rivals of Aether. They traveled from the outer suburbs, from regional NSW, from interstate – and from overseas. Thanks to the diplomatic efforts of players like MF|Joshman and recognition as a Platinum event from the Smash World Tour, this Phantom boasted many of the most respected names in Smash, and was streamed live by VGBootCamp, Mang0 and Ludwig Ahgren to thousands all over the world.

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Events and Details: July 2022

Halfway through another year – can you believe it??
If you’re still planning to make your mark on the 2022 CouchWarriors League, here are the dates and sign-up links for all July’s CWL events – both online and offline.

You can also send us your highlights, photos and stream links on Discord, Facebook or Twitter – help us share your favourite tournament moments with the rest of the AUS FGC!

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Events & Details: June 2022

BAM12 was a huge success and a well-earned celebration of everything fighting games… but that doesn’t mean we’re taking the next month off! Here are the dates and sign-up links for all June’s CouchWarriors League events, both online and offline.

You can also send us your highlights, photos and stream links on Discord, Facebook or Twitter – help us share your favourite tournament moments with the rest of the AUS FGC!

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BAM 2022 PRIZES

We all compete for different reasons, for fun, for improvement, and to enjoy the challenge of facing our friends and rivals – for the glory!

Trophies and Medals apply down the game list, and we also love to recognise players achievements with Prizes.  Thanks to our amazing partners ASTRO and MWAVE we have something across all tournaments

Plus all games have a split of the entry cash pool, and a cash pot bonus for the four feature CouchWarriors League titles!

Major Titles Prizes:

Street Fighter V, Smash Bros Ultimate, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Strive, Smash Bros Melee, Dragon Ball FighterZ all receive prizes 1st through 3rd as below.

  • Top 3 each receive a top notch ASTRO headset:
    • A40TR+Mixamp for 1st
    • A20 for 2nd
    • A10 for 3rd.
  • Mwave voucher for Top 3:
    • 1st $150
    • 2nd $100
    • 3rd $50
  • We also have $50 from MWAVE for every 1st place singles Medal tournament!

ASTRO:

MWAVE:

TROPHIES AND MEDALS:

Each of the Trophy titles at BAM will have the famous boxing glove trophy, plus recognition for 2nd place with a Silver medal and 3rd with Bronze.

Each other title will receive a Gold medal for its 1st place Winner!

 

POT BONUSES

As Part of CouchWarriors League, our ongoing feature titles have a $500 Pot Bonus. These have a monthly online tournament – making for a weekly CWLeague event – on top of the monthly Ranbat Locals in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

BAM BOUNTIES

Can you topple the best? If you can, an ASTRO A10 Gen 2 and $50 from Mwave can be yours!  You must defeat the BAM Bounty in the game they placed top of ladder in. Good luck!

Meet the Artists of BAM 2022!

Artist's Alley announcement

Battle Arena Melbourne stands out on the FGC calendar not only because it’s Australia’s largest fighting game tournament, but because it is more than “just a tournament”.

BAM lives up to its status as a Major by bringing together the widest possible audience for fighting games – whether they be competitors, casual players, or simply fans of these games and their iconic characters.

This year’s Alley will feature both returning artists and exciting new residents!

The BAM Artist Alley is always a major draw for attendees as they pass through between main stage matches or en route to their setups. This year we will again be hosting a group of talented and passionate local artists whose work features fighting games and other pop culture themes.

So take a look through these introductions and remember to check out their booths while you’re enjoying BAM2022!

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Tracking Down BAM’s “Most Wanted” Players…

About a month ago, we announced that the classic “BAM Bounties” contest would return at Battle Arena Melbourne 2022. Top players from each of the CouchWarriors League featured games will enter the major with a price on their heads! If you’re the first to best these players in their favorite game over the weekend, you can immediately cash in for a bonus prize. Sounds good, right?

BAM Bounties put a prize on the heads of the CWL leaders

Not so fast. These aren’t just random schmucks who lucked into the odd win; with months of bruising competition under their belts already in 2022, our CWL leaders have more than proven their credentials as champions of their chosen games. They’re some of the most exciting and experienced players in the Oceanic FGC!

So to make sure you’re prepared for BAM2022 (in less than 2 weeks!), let’s take a closer look at who you’ll be trying to take down…

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BAM12 COSPLAY COMPETITION With Guest Judges and CrunchyRoll Expo Prizes

We are pleased to announce BAM12’s official cosplay competition! Join us in your best fighting game costume for a chance to win some awesome prizes and your very own BAM Trophy! Not only is BAM Australia’s biggest fighting game event, it’s a gaming festival, so we would like to invite everyone to appear in character!

Join our cosplay guests TJ Cosplay and AstroKerrie Cosplay on SUNDAY MAY 15 at BAM, held at MCEC. All you need to register is a Spectator Pass ($25) at smash.gg/bam12

INFO

There’s over $250 in cash and prizes for the Cosplay, Plus, TOP 4 – Passes to CrunchyRoll Expo!

Photography: On the floor of BAM, we will have a photo wall and photographer onsite, so there’ll be great shots to come from the event. We also welcome photographers to join the event!

Cosplay Changerooms: There will be a dedicated space off-floor for Cosplayers to change.

WHAT:
Battle Arena Melbourne 12 Cosplay Competition

BAM Info: www.battlearenamelbourne.com.au

When:
May 15 (Cosplay welcome all three days of event)

Cosplay registration:
Just register in person at the Registration Desk. You can also pre-fill some info for our judges by entering details on this form

Event Entry: Only a spectator pass ($25 for weekend) is required.

TIMES:

  • Registration Ends 12:30PM Sunday
  • Pre-Judging 1pm to 2pm (Marshall at Photo wall 12:45)
  • Parade: 2:30PM Sunday (Marshall at Photo wall 2:15)

Theme:
Fighting Game characters (Has appeared in a fighting game)

Where:
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Bays 23 & 24

Cost:
Spectator pass – $25

 

PRIZES:

TOP 4 – Pass to CrunchyRoll Expo

1st Place $125 Cash and a BAM Trophy!

2nd place $75

3rd place $50

Plus, Anime Blu-Ray and Merch!

Follow the BAM12 Facebook Event for updates

 

COSPLAY GUESTS

TJ Cosplay and AstroKerrie Cosplay

RULES

  • You must purchase a spectator pass to compete.
  • Please register for the cosplay competition at the registration desk at entrance
  • Your costume must be a character that has appeared in a fighting game.
  • Handmade and bought costumes are both acceptable, however handmade costumes will be rated higher in judging.
  • When you’re on stage, we want to see you embody the character! Be ready to answer some questions about your costume, too.
  • Most importantly, have fun!
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