CouchWarriors Battle Arena Melbourne 9: A homegrown, global esports event
International stars will play shoulder to shoulder with local heroes at Melbourne Convention Centre this May on the 12th to 14th.
Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest fighting game major, and one of the biggest live esports in ANZ, returns for its 9th annual event on May 12-14. Now taking on two bays in the Melbourne Convention Centre to offer both a community experience and a major esports festival – this year is BIG BAM!
With Australia and the world’s best players playing across 8 national championship titles including Street Fighter V, Tekken 7,Super Smash Bros, and multiple side events, BAM is aiming for a third consecutive year of record breaking attendance. The event will host over 1,000 competitors, plus spectators taking in the excitement live, and hundreds of thousands more viewing from home on Twitch.tv.
Across two massive stages, CouchWarriors will proudly feature tournaments across both Super Smash Brothers Melee and Smash 4.
The amazing growth in the Smash community sees its epicentre at BAM. The top Australian players will face off, where you will see the best of the best facing off in the biggest tournament this side of the equator.
Smash 4 will feature International guests, the first challenger is SoCal USA’s Nakat, with more to be announced.
We are pleased to announce the return of special guest Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz to Battle Arena Melbourne in 2017!
The artist for Udon Comics’ Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Street Fighter & Street Fighter V : Life and Death(s) of Charlie Nash, he will be appearing both Saturday 13th 11am-5pm, and Sunday 14th May, 11am-3pm.
Chamba, who was a popular guest at BAM 2014 and 2016, will be available to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!
Battle Arena Melbourne 8 stomps into the history books as the biggest fighting game event ever in Australia, breaking the record set last year with 815 attendees and hitting a peak of 14,000 concurrent viewers during the Street Fighter V finals, this was the most viewed livestream Aus FGC event ever.
Thanks to all the CouchWarriors staff, event partners, and especially players from across multiple fighting game communities that once again made this a special event.
We’re proud to confirm BENQ Australia is a Major Event Sponsor for Battle Arena Melbourne 7, and indeed CouchWarriors events as a whole, through 2015.
Always a great supporter of competitive and esports gaming events, BENQ are an amazing event partner in providing additional monitors to the event so that players have the very best tournament experience. BENQ monitors are the #1 choice for lag free play, essential for high level matches as demanded by top players across all games. At the high speed and skill required in fighting games, this is a must.
What’s more, BENQ are presenting the SUPER SMASH BROS for WIIU tournament and providing a $750 CASH BONUS to the prize pot, added to the funds generated by entries.
Madman are Australia’s leading independent film and DVD distributor with the best and latest in anime, manga, asian cinema and cult films.
The huge Madman prize package will be shared across all games and the Cosplay Competition.
Team Ninja are the developer of DEAD OR ALIVE 5 LAST ROUND, which will see Australia’s very best fighting it out in the tournament on Sunday 24th.
International guest PERFECT LEGEND will be participating in the DOA5LR tournament. Winner of EVO in 2006 for DOA, Perfect Legend remains a big supporter of the game. You can see him explaining the tutorial mode of the game here.
Team Ninja and local distributor Mindscape Australia have offered a round of Tecmo Koei games and special items,