Star “Street Fighter” comic artist JEFFREY “CHAMBA” CRUZ returns at BAM7!

We are proud to announce the return our special guest, the extraordinary artist, Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz! 

 Artist with Udon Comics on the Street Fighter II Turbo series and veteran of many conventions including San Diego Comic Con and even EVO, Chamba will be available to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!  Attendees were treated to some incredible character sketches last year, so make sure you get your requests to Chamba in early.

Think about what you’d like Chamba to draw for you, and bring a your idea and a clear reference image to show always helps.

To check out more of his amazing work, visit and TheChamba on Twitter.

WHAT – Chamba art commissions 

WHERE – Battle Arena Melbourne 7, CQ Functions, 123 Queen St, Melbourne

WHEN – Appearing from 10am-6pm Saturday 23rd  and 11am-5pm Sunday 24th May


Special BAM7 exclusive artwork and Tshirt

We’ve also had the honor of commissioning Chamba to produce our exclusive BAM7 illustration, which will also be the basis for the event tshirt.



BIO chamba

Jeffrey ‘Chamba’ Cruz is a Melbourne based Comic book artist whose credits include: UDON’s Street Fighter II Turbo series, Super Street Fighter Vol.1 & 2, Skullkickers & Wayward from Image Comics, Cover art for Red Sonja comic by Dynamite1 and Cover art for TMNT: the animated comic, along with concept design for DC’s Bombshell statues and feature film ‘Sucker Punch’.
Above all, his primary goal is to continue work on his Original Graphic Novel ‘RandomVeus’ (also published through UDON) and to simply just draw for as long as he can.

GET OVER HERE! Announcing Special Guest PERFECT LEGEND and more for Mortal Kombat X at BAM7

This May 22-24, fighting game players around the country will gather for the National Major event, BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 7.  Among the epic competitions will be the first large scale tournament for MORTAL KOMBAT X in Australia.

CouchWarriors, in partnership with Warner Bros Games Australia, is proud to announce these special features for MORTAL KOMBAT X


BAM7 will feature a themed tournament play area for the game, the MORTAL KOMBAT PIT.  The atmosphere of the Outworld comes to Melbourne, in this R18+ space.


As the first major competitive event for MORTAL KOMBAT X, WB Games Australia, our Major Sponsor, is providing an amazing prize pool of must-have Mortal Kombat merchandise for participants across the beginner level to top players.  To entice the very best players to strive for the top 8, there is a Cash Prize Pool Bonus of $1,000.

This prize pool will be distributed down through the top 8 finishers, on top of product giveaways and the regular cash prizing drawn from entries.


This is the rare opportunity to play against a world class Mortal Kombat player, two time EVO World Champion, Carl “PERFECT LEGEND” White.  Perfect Legend won the Evolution World Championships for Mortal Kombat 9, back to back in 2011 and 2012.  You can see our announcement trailer below.

Opportunities for Interview

Media who wish to interview Perfect Legend,  please contact us


More information

BAM7 returns on May 22-24, at CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne.  Full schedule of events and Event Registration will be open soon.



About Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat X is NetherRealm Studios’ next highly anticipated installment in its legendary, critically acclaimed fighting game franchise that propels the iconic franchise into a new generation.  Mortal Kombat X is scheduled for release on April15, 2015 for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC



About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors Inc is a not for profit association created to energise the fighting game community.
Hosts of the major annual, Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), providing tournament services, support and resources for industry and community companion events.


RANKING BATTLE MARCH 21, 2015 – This Weekend

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles are a day long fighters festival! Newcomers are welcome as well as tournament veterans.  This is the traditional CouchWarriors event since formation in 2006!

Each “Ranbat” monthly is a chance to play long sets of casual games for practice, but also earn Ranking Points for the tournament games listed below.  Look for regular updates on the ranking points here on the site.  You can view last year’s Ranking Tally here

Come play or BYO your setup. Enjoy some casuals or get in your tournament practice going with our structured events.

Event Info

When: SATURDAY March 21 11am-10pm

Where: Brunswick Masonic Hall 6 Davies St, Brunswick North

Cost: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Facebook Event

Current Schedule

11am – Doors, Casual play

11:30am – Smash Melee Doubles
12pm – Smash Wii U Singles (Stream by NGP)
1:30pm – Smash Project M Singles
2pm – 4pm – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (Stream by NGP)
2pm – 4pm- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
3pm – 4pm – Guilty Gear Xrd (Stream by NGP)
3:30pm – 6pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV (Stream by NGP)
4pm – Smash Melee Singles
5pm – Smash WiiU Doubles
4pm – 7pm – SkullGirls

Casuals –

Killer Instinct
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

Also available for play on request or if community BYO added setups:

King of Fighters XIIII
Persona 4A Ultimax


Provided by New Game Plus

There is a BYOC / Sticks policy for the event. Our friendly players will often loan a controller, but we ask you to please bring your run!  Also, while we should have enough equipment to run the tournaments, everyone will appreciate anybody who can bring setups for casuals and DIYs.


The venue is a short walk from Moreland Train Station, Sydney Road Tram, and there is ample parking at the venue . It’s just off Sydney Rd, before Moreland Rd.

Upcoming Event Dates

Apr 18th

May 22,23,24: BAM7 (Major Event, No Ranbat)

Jun 20th (Tentative)

BAM7 Games list – First Announcement

Today we are announcing the first list of confirmed games for BAM7.  Battle Arena Melbourne will return on May 22, 23 and 24 at CQ Functions, 123 Queen St Melbourne.  This is promising to be the biggest BAM yet, as we are expanding the floorspace to take over the entire venue with all three function room spaces.

We have many huge announcements to make in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.  Here’s the initial list. These games are either current with new releases or content, or showing up in regular community play:

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Ultra Street Fighter IV

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Mortal Kombat X

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-


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