CouchWarriors is proud to announce Battle Arena Melbourne 7 is an official qualifier for the inaugural MORTAL KOMBAT X™ ASIA PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015


The Top placing Australian or New Zealand player will receive a flight to Bangkok, Thailand, and Qualify directly into the top 4 of Mortal Kombat Asia Pacific Championships (MKAC), held at South East Asia Majors.  The winner of the SEAM event will be flown to Las Vegas to compete in Mortal Kombat X at EVO World Championships.

More details on the Mortal Kombat™ X Asia Pacific Championships, South East Asia Major and Qualifier registration can be found on the official site

Four qualifiers will be held in Singapore, Philippines, Australia and Thailand, to determine the final four Kombatants who will battle it out at South East Asia Major in Bangkok, Thailand, to decide who will be Asia Pacific’s Mortal Kombat™ X Champion for 2015.

Kombatants will stand to win a total of USD 10,000 worth of cash and prizes, including the first prize of a fully paid trip to attend Evolution 2015 in Las Vegas, USA.



More Mortal Kombat X Features and Prizes at BAM7

This prestigious prize is on top of the cash and prizes on offer at BAM7 for Mortal Kombat X. There is a $1,000 pot bonus to add to the cash prize generated by tournament entries, to be shared down the top 8 finishers.  MKX product prizes and merchandise including tshirts for MKX entrants from WB Games, all taking place in a themed MORTAL KOMBAT PIT play area.

Play the Two Time World Champion, Perfect Legend, a guest of BAM7

Carl White, aka Perfect Legend, champion Mortal Kombat player who won EVO World Championships in 20011 and 2012 back to back, is appearing at Battle Arena Melbourne 7 to compete, meet Australian players, and challenge all comers. (Note, Perfect Legend is not eligible for the Asia Championships trip but will be participating in the tournament)


Battle Arena Melbourne 7 – NZ and State Qualifiers

The excitement for Battle Arena Melbourne 7 is building, with a series of Qualifiers across Australia and one in New Zealand.  See the details for an event near you.  Each event will also be shared via the BAM7 Facebook Event

Auckland, New Zealand


Date: Saturday May 2
Time: Doors Open at 10am. Tournaments start at 10:30am
Venue: Mighty Ape HQ, 1 Rothwell Avenue, Rosedale, Auckland (The Pickup Area)
Cost: $30



Perth, WA

Ozhadou Perth

Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 11am
Venue: ECU Mt Lawley
Cost: $10 per game

More InformationOzhadou Perth


Melbourne, VIC


Date: Sunday, April 19cw1504poster-prizes
Time: 11am
Venue: Brunswick Masons Hall, 6 Davies St, Brunswick VIC
Cost: $10 Venue, $5 per game

Special Prize pack for MKX available

More information 


Brisbane, QLD


Date: Sunday, April 26
Time: 11am/TBC
Venue: GUF Brisbane: First Floor 279 – 281, Brunswick Street Mall, Fortitude Valley of Chrome Music, Brisbane QLD
Cost: $5 per tournament

More information TBC –


Canberra, ACT


Date: Sunday, April 26
Time: 10am
Venue: Manning Clark Lecture Theatre, Australian National University
Cost: TBC

More information Smashboards – Facebook Vitality Events


Sydney, NSW


Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Location: Red Room, Level 1, 99 York St Sydney NSW 2000
Entry Fee: $15

More information (Full Event Info TBC) –



BAM7 Friday dinner at the Hof!


When: 22 May 2015. 5-7PM
Location: Hofbrahaus. 18-28 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $39 per head

We’ve wanted to have a mass dinner/social event at BAM for a long time now. On BAM Friday we finally have a space and time to get everybody together, whether you’re a smash player or an anime player or a street fighter player or international player, we want everyone to get together before the tournament and have a great time chowing down and catching up.
At the Hofbrahaus, there’s a big hall upstairs with plenty of broad tables that can fit up to 150 of us, so we can get up there and get rowdy FGC style. Because there’s so many of us, we can’t get an ala carte menu, but the preset Bavarian Table Buffet (3 Mains & 3 Sides) is a giant platter of food, enough for everyone on the table. There’s a great Bavarian atmosphere at the Hof and plenty of friendly and fulsome waitresses roaming around. There’s also a bar so we can get our drink on. (I quite like the banana bier.)

It’s in Chinatown on Bourke Street so we can all take the free tram down Bourke Street or walk down to CQ afterwards and continue the fun at BAM with exhibitions and casuals. You can pay for your spot at the dinner at the BAM7 preregistration page Hope to see you all there!

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RANKING BATTLE APRIL 18, 2015 – BAM7 Quals, MKX and more!


MORTAL KOMBAT X Debut Tournament!

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles are a day long fighters festival! Newcomers are welcome as well as tournament veterans.  This is the traditional CouchWarriors event since formation in 2006!

Each “Ranbat” monthly is a chance to play long sets of casual games for practice, but also earn Ranking Points for the tournament games listed below.  Look for regular updates on the ranking points here on the site.  You can view last year’s Ranking Tally here

Come play or BYO your setup. Enjoy some casuals or get in your tournament practice going with our structured events.

Event Info

When: SATURDAY April 18 11am-10pm

Where: Brunswick Masonic Hall 6 Davies St, Brunswick North

Cost: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Facebook Event


Current Schedule

Schedule (Subject to change)

11am – Doors, Casual play
11:30am – Smash Melee Doubles
12pm – Smash Wii U Singles (Finals Stream by NGP)
1:30pm – Smash Project M Singles
2pm – 4pm – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (Stream by NGP)
2pm – 4pm- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
3pm – 4pm – Guilty Gear Xrd (Finals Stream by NGP)

3pm – MORTAL KOMBAT X – (Blue Room)

3:30pm – 6pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV (Stream by NGP)
4pm – Smash Melee Singles
5pm – Smash WiiU Doubles
4pm – 7pm – SkullGirls
6pm – 8pm – Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

Additional tournaments (Times TBC – casual stations available):

Killer Instinct
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Also available for play:

Persona Ultimax
King of Fighters XIII


Provided by New Game Plus

There is a BYOC / Sticks policy for the event. Our friendly players will often loan a controller, but we ask you to please bring your run!  Also, while we should have enough equipment to run the tournaments, everyone will appreciate anybody who can bring setups for casuals and DIYs.


The venue is a short walk from Moreland Train Station, Sydney Road Tram, and there is ample parking at the venue . It’s just off Sydney Rd, before Moreland Rd.

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Star “Street Fighter” comic artist JEFFREY “CHAMBA” CRUZ returns at BAM7!

We are proud to announce the return our special guest, the extraordinary artist, Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz! 

 Artist with Udon Comics on the Street Fighter II Turbo series and veteran of many conventions including San Diego Comic Con and even EVO, Chamba will be available to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!  Attendees were treated to some incredible character sketches last year, so make sure you get your requests to Chamba in early.

Think about what you’d like Chamba to draw for you, and bring a your idea and a clear reference image to show always helps.

To check out more of his amazing work, visit and TheChamba on Twitter.

WHAT – Chamba art commissions 

WHERE – Battle Arena Melbourne 7, CQ Functions, 123 Queen St, Melbourne

WHEN – Appearing from 10am-6pm Saturday 23rd  and 11am-5pm Sunday 24th May


Special BAM7 exclusive artwork and Tshirt

We’ve also had the honor of commissioning Chamba to produce our exclusive BAM7 illustration, which will also be the basis for the event tshirt.



BIO chamba

Jeffrey ‘Chamba’ Cruz is a Melbourne based Comic book artist whose credits include: UDON’s Street Fighter II Turbo series, Super Street Fighter Vol.1 & 2, Skullkickers & Wayward from Image Comics, Cover art for Red Sonja comic by Dynamite1 and Cover art for TMNT: the animated comic, along with concept design for DC’s Bombshell statues and feature film ‘Sucker Punch’.
Above all, his primary goal is to continue work on his Original Graphic Novel ‘RandomVeus’ (also published through UDON) and to simply just draw for as long as he can.

GET OVER HERE! Announcing Special Guest PERFECT LEGEND and more for Mortal Kombat X at BAM7

This May 22-24, fighting game players around the country will gather for the National Major event, BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 7.  Among the epic competitions will be the first large scale tournament for MORTAL KOMBAT X in Australia.

CouchWarriors, in partnership with Warner Bros Games Australia, is proud to announce these special features for MORTAL KOMBAT X


BAM7 will feature a themed tournament play area for the game, the MORTAL KOMBAT PIT.  The atmosphere of the Outworld comes to Melbourne, in this R18+ space.


As the first major competitive event for MORTAL KOMBAT X, WB Games Australia, our Major Sponsor, is providing an amazing prize pool of must-have Mortal Kombat merchandise for participants across the beginner level to top players.  To entice the very best players to strive for the top 8, there is a Cash Prize Pool Bonus of $1,000.

This prize pool will be distributed down through the top 8 finishers, on top of product giveaways and the regular cash prizing drawn from entries.


This is the rare opportunity to play against a world class Mortal Kombat player, two time EVO World Champion, Carl “PERFECT LEGEND” White.  Perfect Legend won the Evolution World Championships for Mortal Kombat 9, back to back in 2011 and 2012.  You can see our announcement trailer below.

Opportunities for Interview

Media who wish to interview Perfect Legend,  please contact us


More information

BAM7 returns on May 22-24, at CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne.  Full schedule of events and Event Registration will be open soon.



About Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat X is NetherRealm Studios’ next highly anticipated installment in its legendary, critically acclaimed fighting game franchise that propels the iconic franchise into a new generation.  Mortal Kombat X is scheduled for release on April15, 2015 for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC



About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors Inc is a not for profit association created to energise the fighting game community.
Hosts of the major annual, Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), providing tournament services, support and resources for industry and community companion events.


BAM7 Games list – First Announcement

Today we are announcing the first list of confirmed games for BAM7.  Battle Arena Melbourne will return on May 22, 23 and 24 at CQ Functions, 123 Queen St Melbourne.  This is promising to be the biggest BAM yet, as we are expanding the floorspace to take over the entire venue with all three function room spaces.

We have many huge announcements to make in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.  Here’s the initial list. These games are either current with new releases or content, or showing up in regular community play:

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Ultra Street Fighter IV

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Mortal Kombat X

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-


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2015 Season of Fighting Game Events

Announcing the CouchWarriors schedule of events for 2015! We had a brilliant 2014 with fantastic ranking battle attendances each month, a gangbusters national event in BAM6. We also added Meet N Mash Friday weeklies in the city and hosted tournaments at events like CHAOZ, ANIMAGA and of course PAX AUSTRALIA.

We’re proud to be supporting the fighting game community and looking forward to a fun fighting game filled 2015! We hope to see you at one of these events to compete, learn to play or just have some great sets in your favourite games.


We can confirm the first SIX MONTHS of 2015 tournament dates have been booked, on a Saturday every month at our regular Brunswick hall venue just off Sydney road, next to convenient train and tram transport and plenty of parking.


Jan 24th – Facebook Event available here
Feb 21st
Mar 21st
Apr 18th
May 22,23,24: BAM7 (No Ranbat)
Jun 20th (Tentative)

Players can earn ranking points from participating in tournaments. See last year’s final rankings here

Prizes and medals! We’ll do the same this year. There may be prizes at some of the monthlies as well in addition to the pot prizes. Stay tuned.


Join us weekly for fighting game casuals in the Melbourne CBD, at MoeMall Hobby Shop in Bourke St (Near McDonalds)
Find the schedule and info here and watch the CouchWarriors facebook page for regular invites


The fortnightly casuals event CCH continues every second Saturday at Collingwood Library in Abbotsford
Find the schedule and more info here


The Melbourne community major event, and one of Australia’s main National tournaments, BAM returns. It will once again
be at the CQ Functions Room on Queen and Collins st, Melbourne. We’ve got big plans to entertain the whole community, plus it’s a big year for fighters
with new releases.
For a refresh on some of the great things that happened at last year’s BAM, check out:
Six Reasons You Can’t Miss BAM6
BAM6 Media Wrapup
BAM6 Results and Awards

Community help and volunteering:

We’re all volunteers and always appreciate help from people who want to contribute, which in turn helps the whole community. Want to take part and help keep these great events running?

Volunteers are always welcome and needed, from an extra pair of hands transporting or unpacking gear at ranking battles to running brackets and spreading the word
about each event.

Just bringing your friends to play your favourite game is a big help!

CouchWarriors Committee and Roles:

As a not for profit community organisation, we have a committee and elected official positions. We would like to announce the 2015 officer positions, and some highlight community roles.

Officer positions:
Rory Betteridge
Michael “Javi” Thai
Daniel “Berzerk” Chlebowczyk

Further community heads are to be announced as part of the Ranking Battle and BAM organising team. First, we are pleased to announce our head TO for BAM

Battle Arena Melbourne Head Tournament Organiser:
Daniel “Spoony” Finegan

Look forward to more announcements and community initiatives. To enquire about events, community support, volunteering, or sponsorship of BAM and other events, please contact:

Email: [email protected]

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