BAM 2022 is Just One Month Away!

There’s a very special atmosphere around the Australian FGC this month – an excitement nobody has felt for several long, major-less years. The twelfth-ever Battle Arena Melbourne finally has a scheduled date and venue, and the biggest international esports tournament on the national calendar is now open for player registration!

Taking place at Melbourne Exhibition Centre from May 13th to May 15th, BAM is a celebration of everything happening in fighting games, right in the heart of the city’s renowned CBD. It’s also the heart of the CouchWarriors League tournament circuit, offering a huge injection of ranking points alongside other prizes and competitions. Attracting champions both domestic and international across a huge range of games, this is the pinnacle of competition for every player (and spectator!) in OCE.


BAM11 crowd popoff

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As befits our largest gathering of fighting game fans, BAM is the best place to find a tournament bracket of willing takers for any and all titles. From the main supported titles of CouchWarriors League, to the most obscure cult classics, our Community Tournament Form allows anyone to get support for their game of choice at BAM12!

A Competitor Pass will cost $70AUD – or $60 if you order yours before April 30th – and gives you free reign over the casual setups for the weekend. Purchasing this pass also allows players to select which tournaments they’ll register for, at a flat $10 per game.

But BAM has always appealed to a wide and varied crowd, and there will be plenty of entertainment on offer even if you’re not a tournament stalwart yourself. A Spectator Pass will set you back just $25; with that you can soak in the energy, watch the action on the big (and small) stages, and fully enjoy the other BAM attractions. We’ve got our classic PC gaming LAN area, the BAM Cosplay Championships, artist’s alley, local gamedevs showing off their next project, and of course, the famous BAM Afterparty!

BAM activities go beyond just playing fighters

Below is a list of games currently open for player signups at Remember to register for all the tournaments you’re interested in when you purchase your Competitor Pass! While some smaller events will allow for on-the-day registration, many will not – so lock your name in ASAP and don’t miss out. And if a game you love isn’t on the list yet… try that Community Tournament form.

CouchWarriors League Ranking Events:

  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Singles¬†
    • BAM12 is a “Gold Tournament” for the official Smash World Tour. Pre-registration is absolutely required for all entrants.
  • Guilty Gear: Strive
  • Tekken 7

Non-CWL Tournaments:

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Doubles
  • Super Smash Bros.¬† – Melee
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R
  • Rivals of Aether
  • Blazblue: Centralfiction
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Super Smash Bros. 64
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2
  • King of Fighters
  • Project+
  • Puyo Puwo Tetris 2
  • Skullgirls, Second Encrore
  • UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe Late (cl-r)
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code
  • Soul Calibur VI
  • Killer Instinct
  • Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
  • Melty Blood Type Lumina
  • Pokken Tournament DX
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Dead of Alive 6
  • Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition
  • Guilty Gear Strive 3v3 Teams
  • Gundam Extreme Versus Maxi Boost On
  • Phantom Breaker: Omnia
  • Super Smash Bros Melee – Doubles
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate showdown
  • Windjammers 2
  • Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Project M doubles
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3


Be A Part of BAM12

An event on the scale of Battle Arena Melbourne simply would not be possible without the amazing effort of our friendly volunteers! Applications are still open for the volunteer team, who receive complimentary food and drink on the day as well as Spectator access to BAM and the Afterparty. If you’re torn between helping and competing, don’t worry! You can still enter tournaments as a volunteer so long as you buy a Competitor Pass, and we can coordinate your volunteering shifts around your tournament matches on request.


BAM is sponsored by Astro Gaming and MWave

BAM12 is also supported by our long-time sponsors, Astro and Mwave.


No matter how you plan to be involved – competing, volunteering, spectating live, or streaming from home – Battle Arena Melbourne is going to be an unbelievable FGC experience. Stay tuned for more announcements leading up to the event, and we’ll see you on the 13th!!