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

AMD and MWAVE PC LAN at BAM11

Announcing AMD as Major sponsor of CouchWarriors BAM11!
AMD and CouchWarriors have formed a partnership starting with the PC LAN area at BAM11, supported by MWAVE supplying the AMD PC’s and Prizes.


The first of an ongoing partnership with AMD PCs for live streaming & gaming at  CouchWarriors events.

Lets talk about the PC LAN. You can join any of these tournaments on a Spectator Pass and there are prizes thanks to MWAVE!

Play ApexLegends, Quake Champions, Brawlhalla & more with tournament support from our partners at ITZGamingEvents.

How to Join
Spectators can join! Prebook on PC Pass www.smash.gg/bam11
You can also buy a Spectator pass at the door and join in person.

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Plenty of stuff to do at BAM11 with a Spectator’s pass!

This year’s BAM11 is bigger than ever and there is even more to do!
If you only enter the event with a Spectator pass! It’s only $20 for the whole weekend available online or at the door. While only those with a Competitor Passes can play in our hosted tournaments and casual areas, we still have you covered for the full three days.

?? – See our incredible tournaments first hand as our competitors go head to head in the pools and on the stage.

?- Visit the amazing talent visiting the Artist Alley.

? – Play some of the amazing games in the Indiecade.

? – Watch the incredible Cosplay Competition.

5. Interact with our booth vendors.

6. Play at the AMD & MWAVE PC LAN, ran by ITZ Gaming with plenty of tournaments to enter!

The BAM 11 Afterparty is Back!


CouchWarriors is excited to announce that the official BAM11 Afterparty will again be held at the General Assembly at South Wharf!

A gorgeous and large bar/restaurant with outdoor and indoor spaces located right next to MCEC. The afterparty will start on May 19 at 7 PM so you can walk out of MCEC immediately after BAM11 finals day ends and straight into the after party venue! We will have drinks till late together with multiple setups there for runbacks and team matches. Relax over dinner and discuss your BAM weekend, play ping pong, and enjoy good company and drinks by the Melbourne city skyline.

Keep track on the Facebook event 

Read on for menu and info! Venue info – http://www.thegeneralassembly.com.au/about/ Menu – http://www.thegeneralassembly.com.au/food-and-drink/

(Note: Beer sizes are slightly deceiving as the smallest size is larger than a standard pot and the middle size is large than a standard schooner.)

Hope to see you guys there!

The BAM11 Indiecade!

The BAM11 Indiecade is back for it’s second year in a row! Come check out some of these indie titles and chat to the developers first hand about your experience!

 

GOATi Entertainment

Featuring their game “22 Racing Series”, GOATi entertainment joins us for BAM11. Described as “Wipeout, meets Gran Turismo, meets Starcraft, meets Monopoly” 22 Racing Series is a high speed physics based strategy racer like you’ve never played before! Come by their booth throughout the weekend to give them game a shot and be greeted by certainly the most unique racer you will play this year.

http://www.goatientertainment.com/

Boss Battle Records

Creating music for several fantastic games such as Orwell, This is the Police and most recently Wargroove, Boss Battle Records is coming games in hand to BAM11 for a fantastic weekend of tunes and games. Showcasing one the latest games from developer Chucklefish (makers of fantastic indies such as Stardew Valley, Starbound and Timespinners) Wargroove promises tactical co-op battles for up to 4 players, robust customisation tools, and of course, top tier music. Make sure to take a breather from your intense tournament matches and come check out Boss Battle Records’ booth at BAM11.

https://bossbattlerecords.com/

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