Food options near BAM14

From our larger BAM Travel Guide, here’s some local tips for popping out for a bite to eat once you’re at the venue. Plan your schedule accordingly so you can take advantage of the food options, a short 10 minutes away from the venue. Map below!


Note that travel from the city by train is disrupted BAM14 weekend due to works. Buses replace trains on the Craigieburn line, which takes you from the city to Moonee Ponds Station, a short walk from the venue.



Near the Moonee Valley Race Course there’s a huge range of eateries and amenities.

  • Moonee Ponds Central has a Coles & Aldi for snacks and groceries, several fast food and restaurants.
  • There’s lots of options for fast food and dining experiences. Nearby fast food restaurants include KFCGuzman Y Gomez & Grill’d, but other options include plenty of local Greek, Italian and Asian cuisine.
  • Closer to the the racecourse there are restaurant and pub food options.
  • If you’re after a movie, whether it’s the latest blockbuster or something more artsy, the nearby Palace Penny Lane is the go.


We’re pleased to have the support of POWERA who have a massive range of controllers, cases and accessories.  This year PowerA is pumping up the prize pool for our Nintendo Switch titles,  Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Splatoon 3.

See the whole range at

There are 10 Prize bundles of Switch Controllers + Nintendo Switch Cases to win.

The Prize categories

  • Top 4 – Super Smash Bros Ultimate Singles: Controller + Case (Player choice where available)
  • Winning team (x2) – Super Smash Bros Ultimate Doubles: x2 Controller + x2 Sweet Friends Cases (1 each)
  • Winning Team (x4) – Splatoon 3: x4 Controller + Kirby Protect Case (1 each member of team)

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STEELSERIES is the BAM14 Headset Partner

We are proud to announce SteelSeries is the Official Headset partner for BAM 2024!

The Arctis Nova Pro will provide crisp audio on main stages for FGC, including Street Fighter 6, TEKKEN 8, Guilty Gear Strive, Granblue Fantasy VS Rising & Super Smash Bros Ultimate

We’ll have fantastic PRIZES to give away, with the Nova Pro & new Nova 5 for Platinum & Gold Games, Door prize, and Bounties!

The Headsets


For Stage Use – Nova Pro

The top of the line for all the major stages!

BAM Tournament Game Prizes

Platinum Titles

  • 1st Nova Pro
  • 2nd Arctis Nova 5

Street Fighter 6
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles

Gold Titles

  • 1st – Nova 5

Mortal Kombat 1
Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising

x8 Nova 5 to be won
Ladder winners receive a prize, and a bounty on their head. First person to beat them in tournament also wins the prize.

Door and raffle prize
x2 Nova 5 to be won.

BAM14 – Trailer Launch, Announces Australian TEKKEN and STREET FIGHTER Qualifiers for ESPORTS WORLD CUP

BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne), Australia’s national fighting game community (FGC) Championship, brings the FGC together across an eclectic variety of titles, while presenting a top class competitive event attracting players from around the world. Among its returning world tour partners, this year sees BAM act as a qualifier for ESPORTS WORLD CUP

On May 31, June 1 and June 2, 2024, BAM will host nearly 50 events for gaming communities during major fighting game championships at Moonee Valley Racecourse.


  • ESPORTS WORLD CUP Qualifiers (Top 2 placers) for TEKKEN 8 & Street Fighter 6
  • TEKKEN World Tour Master Event with international ladder points and $5,000 prize
  • ARC World Tour Gold Event with international ladder points
  • Major tournaments for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, TEKKEN 8, MORTAL KOMBAT 1, STREET FIGHTER 6, GUILTY GEAR STRIVE among 47+ tournaments
  • Spectator seating, Casual freeplay gaming, Splatoon, Beyblade, Artist Alley and more

As a major event on the global fighting game (FGC) circuit, BAM is both a community event and an international gaming destination. By unique players, BAM is the largest esports event in Australia and will once again host TEKKEN World Tour and Guilty Gear Strive’s Arc World Tour. This year, the event causing a global sensation across esports, the ESPORTS WORLD CUP, will see an Australian qualifier at BAM. 


Esports World Cup: Debuting this year, EWC has created a sensation with its Global Tournament encompassing dozens of the top competitive titles, a massive $60m USD prize pool and world finals. EWC titles at BAM this year are TEKKEN 8 and STREET FIGHTER 6

Tekken World Tour returns to Australia as BAM hosts a Master Event, and world class Tekken players have registered to take the all important points on the TWT leaderboard and a $5,000 cash prize.

Arc World Tour at BAM will be a Gold Event for Guilty Gear Strive and Granblue VS Fantasy Rising – offering big points to qualify for the Arc World Tour finals

TEKKEN™8 & ©Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.

International players of note returning to BAM include TEKKEN masters KNEE (Last year’s BAM champion), Chanel, Rest and Ulsanfrom South Korea, and Thailand’s Book. For Guilty Gear Strive, last year’s BAM champion, IBUSHIGIN|Leo from Japan defends his title, and there are players from Malaysia, Singapore and the USA.

Australian competitors, such as Capcom Cup finalist and 2023 Street Fighter 6 champion Christian “ROF” Dedalija, will have their work cut out for them against their peers from around the country and the world.

BAM is the biggest event of the year across the ANZ fighting game community. Over 1,000 unique players have attended each event since 2019, with players coming from all over the country to claim a coveted BAM trophy and enjoy the fun and glory of competing.

For a look back at BAM 2023, watch the recap trailer here

A sample of images from the event below.

Watch Live: The event will be live streamed on CouchWarriors, CouchWarriorsSmash, the official Tekken World Tour channel and multiple community channels (Schedule is found on the registration page)

Battle Arena Melbourne 14 Wave 2 Games Announcement!

Our second wave of game announcements for BAM14 is here! All of the following games have been added for registration:

  • Touhou Hisoutensoku
  • Kamen Rider: Super Climax Heroes
  • Pokken Tournament DX
  • Vampire Savior
  • Yatagarasu Enter the Eastward
  • Brawlhalla (Singles and Doubles)
  • Skullgirls: 2nd Encore
  • Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
  • Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising
  • DRAGON BALL FighterZ
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • The King of Fighters Maximum Impact Regulation “A”
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo (30th Anniversary)
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R
  • Killer Instinct (2013)
  • Lethal League Blaze
  • Project+ (Singles and Doubles)
  • HewDraw Remix Singles
  • Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code
  • Them’s Fightin’ Herds
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • SoulCalibur II
  • The King of Fighters XV
  • Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown

All of these games and more can be registered for at

Your favourite game not there and you would like to run it? Please head on over to the registration page and fill out the tournament submission form! Keep in mind this is a submission form to run games, not a form to request games for somebody else to run.

Events Calendar – March 2024

A huge welcome back to all world warriors, local legends and online grinders joining us for CouchWarriors League 2024! The CWL is even bigger and better this summer season, tracking results from all across Australia before we ultimately crown our national champions at Battle Arena Melbourne in June.

This month will see a full schedule of ranbats, hosting fierce competition in every state, as well as some extra opportunities to pick up points through the RMIT Game Day and (at least for the Guilty Gear crowd) our monthly CWL Online showdown!
Read on for the dates and sign-up links for all of March’s #CWLeague events.

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Tekken 8 Launch and Other Tournaments at RMIT Game Day to kickoff 2024!

CouchWarriors League 2024 is just over the horizon, but the MASSIVE launch of the long-awaited Tekken 8 demands our attention – and all of yours!

We’re hosting our inaugural tournament for the latest installment of this juggernaut 3D fighter franchise at the long weekend RMIT Game Day, sporting a $250 prize bonus and all the hype that a brand new game has to offer!


CouchWarriors host a Tekken 8 Launch Event and other fighting game tournaments at RMIT Game Day on Sunday, January 28th. Details and signup at Start.GG/RMIT

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Fighting Game Tournaments return to TGX with CouchWarriors League

Fighting Games make for an incredible live event spectacle, and anyone can join!  Once again we’re teaming up with THE GAME EXPO to host tournaments for your favourite fighting games!

Whether playing to learn, for fun or for glory and prizes,  all are welcome to enjoy the FGC (Fighting game community) at TGX.

The Game Expo will be at Melbourne Convention Centre on March 23-24, 2024



  • Street Fighter 6
  • Tekken 8
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Guilty Gear Strive
  • Brawlhalla


  • Cash prize pool across all games of $6,000
  • CouchWarriors League circuit points (Major event double points) – top players get prizes and entry support into national major BAM mid year –

Events Calendar – December 2023

It’s that very special time of year again, one we’ve all been looking forward to for months. A chance to celebrate with friends and loved ones, to look back on the year’s efforts, and then to top it all off with a huge day of fighting game tournaments. That’s right, CouchWarriors Crossup returns in a new one-day format to close out 2023!

This event will also be the CouchWarriors League Winter Season Finale, where our best players land their final blows in the struggle for leaderboard supremacy. There will also be plenty of side-game tournaments, the launch of a Guilty Gear card game, and the CW Community Awards presentation! Read on for the dates and sign-up links for all of December’s #CWLeague events.

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