GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: MICK GORDON – KILLER INSTINCT SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER

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We are thrilled to announce our second guest for Battle Arena Melbourne 2014 is something of a rock god for video gamers – Mick Gordon!  Composer for the upcoming many games including Need For Speed, Shootmania Storm, Marvel Super Hero Squad, the upcoming Wolfenstein and of course KILLER INSTINCT

One of the most celebrated features of KI has been the dynamic soundtrack designed by Mick, building on the reputation for the soundtrack since the famous “Killer Cuts” of the first game.

Mick will be appearing at #BAM6 on Saturday 10th May all day for meet and greet, media interviews, and a special 1 hour QandA/Ask Me Anything segment at the end of Killer Instinct pools (approx. 4pm), to show us some behind the scenes insight and sounds.  We’ll see if we can get some game commentary and perhaps even a challenge or two!

Ever wanted to know what goes into the sound design of a game, especially a fighting game?  Now’s your chance. After packing out the panel room at PAX Australia last year, this is a rare opportunity.

Visit Mick Gordon’s official website http://www.mick-gordon.com/

Twitter: @Mick_Gordon

Killer Instinct Soundcloud suite: https://soundcloud.com/mickgordon/killer-instinct-2013-music-1

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Known for his unbridled enthusiasm and tiresome work ethic, Mick has been enjoying the wonderful world of video game sound for most of his adult life with his musical noises attracting companies such as Electronic Arts, THQ, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Sony Entertainment.

An incredibly diverse composer, Mick treats music and sound design the same – “music is just sound design with rules”. It is this direction that gives him the ability to create distinctive textures and memorable themes that not only compliment and enhance the numerous projects that he’s worked on but are also recognized and praised by the people who enjoy them.

Read more at Mick’s official Bio

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: JEFFREY “CHAMBA” CRUZ – UDON COMICS ARTIST

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We are proud to announce the first of our special guests for Battle Arena Melbourne 2014! Appearing both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May, is Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz!

Artist with Udon Comics on the Street Fighter II Turbo series, Chamba will be available from 11pm-6pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!

Chamba is also kindly donating THREE amazing prints to the prize pool (see below), and will also be providing the artwork that will adorn the NEW CHALLENGERS tournament prize, a Razer Atrox Arcade stick.

To browse through his fantastic art visit theCHAMBA.com

Check out Chamba’s original graphic novel work on the RandomVeus Tumblr

Hit the break to read Chamba’s Bio and see the awesome prints he’s bringing as Prizes!

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THE NEW CHALLENGERS: A BAM6 FREE Tournament for new players

THE NEW CHALLENGERSPlay, Learn, Have Fun!  And – Win an Arcade Stick with Custom Artwork!

That’s right, for new players only – we have a special tournament for people to get started in tournament play, just for fun, against fellow new players of a similar level.  This Street Fighter 4 tournament is FREE to enter!

At CouchWarriors one of our big aims in running events is to encourage the fighting game scene to grow, and we want to be as welcoming to new players as possible.

Battle Arena Melbourne is our big annual event, and we want new players, friends of regulars, or spectators, to have the opportunity to get involved in a special tournament just for NEW CHALLENGERS.  In fact, this will be the theme of #BAM6!

We hope players have fun, feel encouraged to play and practice, and come back to compete in events both big and small!

The  Rules: Entry is FREE – but you must be a NEW player.  That means, you have either never entered a major tournament OR, never won a game in a major tournament before.  Entry at discretion of the organisers. An entry cap may be observed.

The Prize: A Razer Atrox Xbox 360 with Special customised art plate (Special art to be revealed)

The task for existing players: Be welcoming! Encourage your friends, or that online sparring partner who has never come down before, to join up and have a good time.

When: Sunday 11th May, the final day of BAM6, at 10am.  Sign up at the Registry desk.

ANNOUNCEMENT: BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 6 IS A SOUTH EAST ASIA MAJORS QUALIFIER

Seeding Points for 5 games, One winner to receive flights and accom to compete in Singapore!

seam2014-logoCouchWarriors and Tough Cookie are pleased to announce that BAM6 on 9th-11th May will be an Official Qualifier for South East Asia Majors (SEAM) in Singapore on 20th-22nd June.

SEAM is the biggest event in the region, attracting top level international players from around the world, and will be a Capcom Pro Tour Premier Tournament.

GRAND PRIZE: The winner of Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition at BAM6 will receive flights to Singapore thanks to BAM, and accommodation in Singapore thanks to SEAM.

Seeding points: The above grand prize winner will also receive seeding points into the SEAM tournament brackets. In addition, while not receiving flights or accommodation, seeding points will be awarded to additional games played at BAM.

The TOP 2 of the following games will also receive Seeding points for SEAM:

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Blaz Blue Chrono Phantasm

So players, practice hard for Battle Arena Melbourne, because your next stop will be Singapore for SEAM!

Register now for Battle Arena Melbourne 6!

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OFFICIAL BAM6 T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!

The official event tshirt for Battle Arena Melbourne 6 is now available for pre-order!

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Simply check the box for a Blue or Black tshirt when you complete your Registration Form and you can pick up your Tshirt at the event.  Include your size in the Notes field.  For those that have already registered, simply fill in the form again and only check the Tshirt field, or reply to your Registration email to request one.

 

Press Release: CouchWarriors and New Game Plus TV announce media and event production partnership

Media Release: CouchWarriors and New Game Plus TV announce media and event production partnership

 Two respected gaming communities working together

 Melbourne, 18th March 2014 – CouchWarriors and New Game Plus are pleased to announce the two long standing community organisations have entered into a media and events partnership. The groups will be working together more closely on upcoming gaming events, including the sixth annual Battle Arena Melbourne, a national major fighting game tournament on May 10-11

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New Game Plus will be producing the live video stream for BAM, creating video previews, interviews, player profiles and coverage of the event. View the NG+ post-event trailer for BAM5 here:

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CouchWarriors Headset Sponsor 2014: PLANTRONICS GAMING

CouchWarriors is pleased to announce that its first sponsor for 2014 is PLANTRONICS GAMING!

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PLANTRONICS is a leader in gaming headsets, and has been a great supporter of gaming events, teams and players. Known for quality and innovative headsets, the latest example is the Plantronics RIG, which incorporates a multi-input mixer, giving players flexible options like being able to answer calls or listen to music while playing a game, then seamlessly returning to game chat. Check it out:

PLANTRONICS SUPPORT

As the headset sponsor and partner to CouchWarriors, not only will the awesome new RIG Headset be up for grabs as part of our prize mix, but will be deployed as equipment at all events we support.

That means the tournament stations themselves will be equipped with the new headset. Look forward to comfort and complete focus when playing tournament matches at BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE on May 10-11.

SUPPORT FOR BUTTONSMASH ISSUE 2

CouchWarriors is also pleased to announce that thanks to its partnership with Plantronics we will be able to provide support to Queensland’s major event, BUTTON SMASH, on March 15-16. Tournament station headsets and a prize pack of 5 RIG headsets will be provided by CouchWarriors thanks to Plantronics.

Visit http://www.plantronicsgaming.com.au/

Find out More about the RIG Headset here

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