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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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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BAM11 Official Tshirts!

Revealing the BAM11 official Tshirts! Grab these when you Register for the tournament, or add to your registration. You can also purchase at the event. www.smash.gg/bam11

This year we have two designs. First, a characterful XI symbol with art by JEL!  See more of her amazing work here https://www.artstation.com/jelart

Plus we have a new concept for FGC lifestyle T’s with the FGC BBQ Tshirt! Nice design by CouchWarriors QLD’s own TKjaBBu

Limited numbers at BAM in White and Black. Let us know if you’re interested in more of this kind of thing in future!

CouchWarriors announce Mortal Kombat 11 as Platinum Sponsor for BAM11

[Press Release]

Most anticipated fighting game of 2019, Mortal Kombat™11, announced as Platinum Sponsor for BAM11, Australia’s major fighting game championships.

Thursday May 18, 2019 – In anticipation of this year’s biggest fighting game release, CouchWarriors today announced MORTAL KOMBAT™ 11 as the presenting partner for BAM11 – Australia’s largest open esports event and fighting game championships.

Leading the many prizes on offer, this major BAM11 Mortal Kombat™ 11 tournament will feature a $2,000 AUD cash prize bonus, while every participant will receive exclusive Mortal Kombat™ 11 merch for entering.

BAM11, or Battle Arena Melbourne 11, presented by Mortal Kombat™ 11, will welcome spectators, new players and pro players alike on May 17-19, 2019 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The show floor will feature a dedicated Mortal Kombat™ 11 space where players will compete for the title of first MK11 national champion.

Register for the BAM 11 Mortal Kombat™ 11 tournament here: www.smash.gg/bam11

 

Entering the Realm: Community Launch tournaments in April

To kickstart the return of the famed series to Earthrealm, Mortal Kombat™ 11 will support four tournaments the week of launch packed with prizes. These events will be the first opportunity after the game releases for players to learn new tricks and show off their skills.

 

Mortal Kombat™ 11 is the latest instalment in the critically-acclaimed franchise, developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, and is scheduled for release beginning April 23 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®4 Pro computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch™ system and PC.

 

Pre-order Mortal Kombat™ 11 to receive the in-game, playable character, Shao Kahn. To learn more about Mortal Kombat 11, visit www.mortalkombat.com or join the community conversation on Facebook (MortalKombat), Instagram (@MortalKombat), Twitter (@MortalKombat), Twitch (NetherRealm), YouTube (Mortal Kombat), Discord (MortalKombat) or Reddit (MortalKombat).

FGC Livestreams – Monthly subs PRIZE Announcement [BAM Path To EVO]

As part of the Aus FGC’s collective effort to raise awareness for the scene through BAM Path To EVO, we’re working together to produce live streams of monthly ranbats and majors.  These are great things to support and now, we have another reason to get behind it.

Prizes for subscribers every month! From digital codes from SAVEMI for video game giveaways with, Animelab subscriptions thanks to Madman, and more to be announced, just being a subscriber each month means you can win.

We’ll also have specials and discounts from our supporters to share with the community for watching and subscribing!

Make sure you are subscribed to one or more of these four channels. EVERY channel gets one of the prizes each month!:

BAM Path to EVO is crowdfunded – please support

Remember, every subscription, and bits spend cheering in channels, helps send ANZ players to the world stage!  So please get behind our players and help us bring them to BAM, and then send them to EVO!

 

Giveaways: It works like this.

Every month we check the subs list and draw lucky winners, 1 of each type of prize for the channel

If you’re already subbed, you’re eligible! As we’re just announcing prizes, we’ll do a special subs drive giveaway week until April 19th and announce on the 20th.

Then there will be a regular round up of prizes for the full month of April!

 

So what are the prizes for being a subscriber?

Special launch Prizes – Subscribe by April 19th.

April Prizes

More to be announced + prizes for May onwards!

 

Discounts all April!

Get 10% off the following games on PC thanks to SAVEMI

Just use the special discount code. SAVEMIBAM11

Keep an eye on the Twitch chatbot and stream hosts for more of this in the future!

CouchWarriors Stream Team

Raising more voices in the Aus FGC on #BAMPathToEVO

As part of BAM Path To EVO, CouchWarriors streams hit the Twitch front page for tournaments. Now, we’re broadening the content on our partnered channels with regular shows during the week from personalities in the scene.

Each week, hang out with players and learn more about weekly practice, strategy, tournament analysis or just chill and play some games.

You’ll be able to catch players on a weekly rotating schedule on a dedicated night for each BAMPathToEVO game. Street Fighter Sundays, Tekken Tuesdays, Smash Ultimate Nightly.

Over the month, there will be an online tournament one week, and a guest host streamer each other week. Just follow and subscribe to CouchWarriors and CouchWarriorsSmash, and check out the streamers own channels too. Plus we have a Team Page to watch.

Here is the starting lineup!

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BAM Path To EVO: How to Qualify for finals

BAM Path to EVO confirms finals format will bring four top players from around ANZ to BAM11. The ultimate winner goes on to EVO World Championships.

Today, we’re announcing the finals format for the live streamed esports circuit, BAM Path To EVO, and how players can represent their region in a fight to become the best in Australia and New Zealand. Competitors in Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate can journey from local heroes to recognition at BAM as the best player in ANZ. Then, each champion will represent the ANZ region at EVO, the world’s biggest fighting game tournament.Click through for full size

 

Earning points at each event in BAM Path To EVO will count towards gaining top spot in each region by end of April. We’ll be bring players across the fighting game community together, from Victoria, NSW, Queensland, and New Zealand.

Just join the events and you’ll be ranked. VIC and QLD events are run by CouchWarriors, NSW events will be run by Ozhadou and NZ by Standing Fierce.

Bonus online tournaments also add to your points.

Each region’s #1 seed will receive flights and an invitation to play off at BAM11, on May 17-19, 2019, at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

 

Points are tallied on the shared leaderboard at www.BAMPathToEVO.com

 

At BAM11, there will be a Qualifying bracket to seed the four regions and a fifth player from a Last Chance Online Qualifier. These 5 will play for position on BAM Friday. Then, the top 3 seeds from this qualifier will go into a 4 player Championship bracket on BAM Sunday. Retaining the prestige of a top placing in the main BAM tournament itself, the highest ranked player from the BAM11 tournament will take top seed, completing the Championship bracket. This special finals will play out to find the best player in ANZ.

 

That player will once again travel to Las Vegas, USA, to participate in the EVO World Championships!

Register for BAM11

Let’s break down how it works. Here’s the infographic, followed by further detail in text below. (Click for larger version)

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CouchWarriors Crossup – Results, Photos

Over 500 attendees participated in the inaugural CouchWarriors Crossup esports event, combining our traditional end of year community ranking battle across a wide range of fighting games, and special events. For the first time, we were pleased to host a Saga event for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour with international pro talent, and a surge of new players for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, alongside free events for Splatoon 2 and preview of Dead or Alive 6.

Results

Dragon Ball FighterZ (78 entrants): Japanese Champion Kazunoko takes his 4th Saga event title. Top Australian results – Falco (Adelaide) 9th, Baxter (Brisbane) 13th, Dailo (Sydney) 13th, and MajinBeng (Melbourne) 13th.

The final match was a heartbreaker for 2nd place Tachikawa (JP) who came so close, and the anguish of the loss is evident in the series of shots shown here.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate (154 entrants): Long running Smash 4 champion DS Extra has on of the closest grand finals he’s faced, with Melbourne regular Ignis making his first grand final and pushing hard with a bracket reset and just going down 3-2.

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Full results as reported internationally on Shoryuken and detailed on our Smash.gg listing

Video Recap

Photography

Facebook gallery Saturday 15th December

Facebook gallery Sunday 16th December

High quality archive

Event Live Stream Archives

www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz – Dragon Ball FighterZ

www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors – Street Fighter V, Tekken 7

www.twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash – Super Smash Bros Ultimate

www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee – Super Smash Bros Melee

www.twitch.tv/oceaninksquids – Splatoon 2

Topline stats

 

Attendees 557
Unique Competitors 349
Spectators 208
International players 18
Social and video reach 1,933,897
Max Concurrent views 13,963
Hours Watched 77,104
Media reach 50,064,000 (50 million)

Media Highlights

Red Bull Esports

Kotaku

Dot Esports

PowerUp Gaming

The AU Review

Slasher (Twitter)

Shoryuken / Two

Shacknews

Event Hubs / Two / Three

Thank you to our event partners:

Bandai Namco AU | GG EZ Bar | LG Australia

Madman and Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly

Thanks everyone for coming!

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BAM11 – Battle Arena Melbourne 11 2019 Announcement

CouchWarriors presents: Battle Arena Melbourne 11 – #BAM11
May 17-19, 2019

Australia’s major fighting game event brings together players across the nation for fun and competition. It’s the largest open entry esports event in the region and an international destination.

The final stage of BAM PATH TO EVO, sending the top ANZ players in three games to EVO World Championships
http://www.bampathtoevo.com

REGISTRATION: SMASH.GG/BAM11

WHERE:
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
Bays 1-2 (Opposite Crown Casino)

More info to come! Join the Facebook event for updates.

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