Battle Arena Melbourne 9 Event Features Roundup

Press Release

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

Featuring the first ever Australian Capcom Pro Tour Premier Event, #BAM9 will be a key destination for the prestigious global circuit. Already confirmed are world famous champions Daigo, Infiltration,  Xian and Momochi. This Street Fighter V tournament alone will have over $20,000 in cash prize pool.

BAM9 will also be the first tournament featuring the final build of Tekken 7, including a free to enter New Challengers tournament and Learn to Play. Plus, the biggest Smash Bros event in the southern hemisphere. With Five stages of major and side tournaments across many gaming communities, alongside Cosplay, Artists, and Vendor booths, BAM9 has something for every gaming fan.


What: Battle Arena Melbourne 9 (BAM9)

When: Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, (Bay 1&2)

Rules Info   |   Schedule Info

More Info: Follow updates on the Facebook Event



Trailer: BAM9 Trailer

Previous events: BAM8 Results | BAM8 Photo Gallery | BAM7 Photo Gallery

BAM9 Assets:


About: As one of the original esports scenes, the Australian Fighting Game Community (FGC) has flourished. Organised by community events group CouchWarriors, now in its 10th year, BAM9 will be bigger than ever, both for casual fans and competitors hungry to prove themselves in interstate rivalries or against international competitors.

Event Features


The first ever Australian Premier Event on the Capcom Pro Tour

A major esports championship, with over $20,000 in prize pool for Street Fighter V alone.

Previous world champions Daigo (Japan), Infiltration (South Korea), Momochi (Japan) and Xian (Singapore) have signed up with more to come. Will be broadcast on the official CapcomFighters channel with commentary from Mike Ross (ESPN and CrossCounterTV). The winner will receive a huge points boost on the global ladder to qualify for Capcom Cup 2017.

More Info: BAM9 a Capcom Pro Tour Premier Event | Daigo and Infiltration at BAM


A TEKKEN 7 Pre-Release Extravaganza17546984_240167603122668_6782357908020769442_o

Tekken 7 will be a major presence with its own dedicated stage area. Play final code for TEKKEN 7 three weeks before release. With the final build on the floor in abundant setups, fans can join the New Challengers tournament for free, Learn to Play from community experts and make their mark in its first major tournament for cash and prizes.

More Info: Tekken New Challengers


The largest event Super Smash Bros event in the southern hemisphere

Two Massive Stages will feature tournaments across both SSB Melee and Smash 4. The amazing growth in the Smash community sees its epicentre at BAM. Top Australian players will face off. with International guests, incl is SoCal USA’s Nakat, with more to be announced, funded through the Smash community!

More Info: Super Smash Bros at BAM


Cosplay Championship

Become the CouchWarriors Cosplay Champion, showing your fighting spirit in your best fighting game costume for a chance to win some awesome prizes, including tickets to OzComicCon Melbourne and a cash prize pool of $500.

More Info: CouchWarriors Cosplay


Huge range of games and Activity + Afterparty

Plus Side Tournaments and Casual play for a huge range of additional games, Vendor Booths, Artist Alley, an awesome BAM9 Afterparty, and more.

More Info: Guest Artists: Chamba (Street Fighter 2, Udon Comics) & Bosslogic








  • Capcom Pro Tour Premier Event


      • Over $20,000 AUD Cash Prize Pool
      • First time in Australia to have the top status event
      • Provides major points leading to Capcom Cup
      • Attracts world class International players:
      • Official live stream via Capcom Fighters with guest Commentators including Mike Ross from ESPN and CrossCounterTV


  • Tekken 7 Pre-Release Extravaganza


      • First major tournament For Tekken 7 in ANZ
      • Play the final game three weeks before release!
      • Prize pool bonus supported by Namco Bandai (TBC)
      • Dedicated Tekken stage and stream on Twitch with commentary
      • New Challengers Tournament – new Tekken players only. Prizes available including T-shirts, Posters and Tekken goodies
      • Learn to Play with Expert players from the community
      • All Entrants to Tekken Main Tournament get a Free Tekken 7 T Shirt.
      • See the PC version of Tekken 7 in 4K on a massive Samsung TV!
      • Tekken Pass: FREE entry and play on over 40 Tekken 7 machines right across the weekend


  • The largest event Super Smash Bros event in the southern hemisphere


      • Super Smash Bros Melee and Smash 4
      • A major stage for each game!
      • International guests, funded to join the event through the community


  • Cosplay Championship


      • $500 Cash Prize Pool
      • Top 3 Win Priorty Tickets to OzcomicCon Melbourne
      • Saturday: Characters come to life in cosplay parade
      • Sunday: BAM9 CouchWarriors Cosplay Champion


  • Huge range of games and Activity