CouchWarriors Annual General Meeting 2019

Date: 17th of November 2019.
Time: 11am (booking to 5pm)
Venue: Level 11, 179 Queen St Melbourne. (

It’s time for the CouchWarriors Annual General Meeting!
Another successful year behind us, we have a lot to talk about and a lot to be excited for.

CouchWarriors Mission Statement:
CouchWarriors is a non-for-profit association that was created in 2006 to help grow the Fighting Game Community. We aim to do this by providing services and events for the community such as: creating welcoming spaces for new and veteran players to learn and play, running monthly ranking tournaments, hosting our national-level tournament Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), and providing support and resources for companion events in the community.

Annual General Meeting:
Our AGM is open to the public, if you feel like you would like to be a part of CouchWarriors and to help out with tournaments and building up the fighting game community in Melbourne, please feel free to come along. Our scene is built on the passion and dedication of volunteers and organisers.

Nominations:
2020 Officer roles and positions of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer will be determined at this event via the nominations of the CouchWarriors Committee. The first round will be recieved via nomination. Nominees can make themselves known by emailing us at [email protected].

Only CouchWarriors Committee Members can cast votes, be nominated and elected.

At the AGM we will discuss an agenda of the following:

– Review of majors including BAM, Ranking Battles and Conventions,
– Financial review,
– Review & clarification of our mission statement.
– Report from each interstate team

– Our direction and strategy moving forward
– Review of event and management structure

– Look ahead to 2020

– Questions/Roundtable

The secretary will add a detailed agenda based on last year’s AGM agenda soon.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

CouchWarriors Expands Further Nationally with South Australia and New South Wales

CouchWarriors Expands Further Nationally with South Australia and New South Wales

After successful growth from Victoria into Queensland, Fighting Game Esports Events organisation brings in Adelaide and Sydney organisers under the CouchWarriors umbrella.

 

CouchWarriors has announced today it is broadening its brand to support esports events in the fighting game and Smash Bros communities of Adelaide and Smash Bros community in Sydney. 

The request from these scenes to join the banner comes after a successful expansion into Brisbane last year, which saw events grow to an average of 160 attendees each month, and launch a successful national major, Sunny Side Up, with over 450 attendees. 

Alongside, events in CouchWarriors home base in Melbourne also saw a big growth for the FGC. Over 1,500 unique competitors attended the national major, BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne) in May, and players across ANZ are participating in the BAM Path To EVO league, in which CouchWarriors sponsored three players to the largest worldwide tournament, EVO in Las Vegas.

Altogether, the Fighting Game esports scene is strong and healthy.

Now, Adelaide FGC and Smash, and Sydney Smash organisers will be working under the CouchWarriors banner to bring the winning formula to monthly events and add to the nationwide circuit of events.

Regular CouchWarriors events in Adelaide and Sydney will start with:

  • CouchWarriors SA “Cheese League” Monthly Ranking Battle
      • When: 3rd Sunday each month
      • Where: Level 5, Union House, Adelaide Uni
      • Next event: Sunday 17th Nov – Click here to Register

 

  • CouchWarriors NSW “Star Forge”: Sydney Smash Monthly
    • When: 4th Sunday each month
    • Where: 5 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007
    • Next event: Sunday 27th Oct- Click here to Register

Majors for Adelaide and Sydney join the Circuit

 

  • Phantom 2020: Sydney Smash/Splatoon Major

These events join BAM, Sunny Side Up and the FGC end of year event, CouchWarriors Crossup, which will be on December 14 at Bayview on the Park. Details here.

You can find all the events listed regularly on the CouchWarriors Facebook events page here, and announced on the Couchwarriors website.

Look for announcements on how these events and more fit in to the 2020 season of #BAMPathToEVO www.bampathtoevo.com.au 

About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors, established 2006, is an expert in gaming tournaments and esports events.  A not for profit with over 10 years experience, grown from the vibrant fighting game community.

Hosts of Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest open entry esports tournament event. CouchWarriors offer casual and grassroots events, scaling to professional tournaments at the national level.  Both beginner to expert players have room with our inclusive approach, from an experienced tournament team.

CouchWarriors also offers commercial events services from tournament organisation and administration, live streaming, event management and staffing.

www.couchwarriors.org | www.bampathtoevo.com.au 

www.facebook.com/couchwarriors | www.twitter.com/couchwarriors | www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

CouchWarriors QLD is running an egg-citing new major, Sunny Side Up!

Brisbane has been lacking a major FGC national event for some time now and thanks to the Couchwarriors team in Brisbane we will finally have a national series grace the sunshine state once again!

Sunny Side Up will be the 2nd fighting game major that Couchwarriors has run this year with BAM11 having being the largest open entry esports event in Australia once again breaking its own record and Couchwarriors Crossup being planned for a sequel later on in the year.

Sunny Side Up is being held at the University of Queensland on the 10th and 11th of August with Australia’s best players gearing up to make the journey to Brisbane, it is expected to be a thrilling weekend of pure FGC action.

Sunny Side Up will earn double points in the second installment of the BAM Path to EVO series! This series finale of the first iteration of the Path to EVO series saw three players win trips to compete at Evolution 2019 in Las Vegas! Information on the BAM Path to EVO series can be found at http://www.bampathtoevo.com.

 

 

Schedule: To be announced

Dates: Saturday, August 10th – Sunday, August 11th 2019

Location: University of Queensland Union Building, St Lucia, 4067, QLD

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/568499486977928/

Registration Details: https://smash.gg/SunnySideUp

 

Entry Fee:

$40 Soft-boiled Egg Registration (Ends Sunday 30th of June Midnight)

$60 Hard-boiled Egg Registration (Ends Thursday 9th of August Midnight).

$70 on day registration (Gold and Silver tournaments, cut off 1hr before tournament start)

Registration for all Platinum level tournaments and Smash titles ends July 31st!

 

Tournament Entry Fees:

$10 per Platinum and Gold tournament

$5 per Silver and DIY tournament

 

Spectator:

$10 Weekend (can convert to Venue entry)

 

IMPORTANT:

If you don’t have a pass, then you will not be allowed onto the venue

Please ensure you have your pass visible at all times.

 

Picking up your Ticket/Pass:

You will need to show a valid form of ID (PayPal Receipt / Smash.GG Account / License) when speaking with the TO’s to pick up your pass.

Speak to our TO’s at the Registration Desk to pick up your passes. Once you have your pass, you will be free to play casuals or when scheduled, play your tournament matches.

 

The Games

Platinum Games:

Super Smash Bros: Melee Singles

Super Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate Singles

Tekken 7

 

Gold Games:

Super Smash Bros: Project Melee

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate Doubles

Super Smash Bros: Melee Doubles

Mortal Kombat 11

Dragonball FighterZ

 

Silver Games:

Project M

Soul Calibur 6

UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st]

Guilty Gear Xrd REV2

BlazBlue: Central Fiction

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

 

MORE SILVER AND DIY GAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

 

Make sure to make your way up to the Sunny Side for Sunny Side Up this August!

Community Contribution Award: Jason O’Callaghan

It is with great pleasure to present this years community award to our colleague and long time friend, Jason O’Callaghan, for his hard work & contributions for the CouchWarriors Committee. It’s thanks to him and the team at New Game Plus, we have been able to run our events and tackle new opportunities. 

From the team and people at CouchWarriors, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, we couldn’t do it without you.

BAM11 feedback form now live!

 

Battle Arena Melbourne 11 was our largest event yet, we would like to thank everyone that came down to compete, spectator or celebrate our passionate community.

Have some thoughts on this years BAM event? We want to hear about it!
Also, as a thank you, we’re giving away 5 Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Headsets to five vocal attendees!

How do you get one of these beauties? Simple!

  1. Fill out our feedback form, remember to include your email!)
    link: https://forms.gle/iAFUy9L44fEPCCJH8
  2. That’s it! (wasn’t so hard, was it?)

We will be announcing the winners at the end of June! Plenty of time to gather your thoughts.

We look forward to hearing from you and good luck!

COUCHWARRIORS HOSTING FIGHTING GAMES AT PAXAUS! OCT 26-28

Another year at PAXAus for another year of fighting games! We have some exciting stuff in store this year, with early access to the Tokyo Game Show demo of Dead or Alive 6 thanks to the folks at Koei Tecmo Games.

Also a first for us this PAXAus, we’ll be hosting a panel on Saturday to showcase the Console Tournament finals for Dragonball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros 4! Plus, a DOA6 exhibition and some cool surprises and announcements!

Now you can marvel in the comfort of a theatre while the best players at PAX go at it live on stage. Read below for more details.

 

Panels:

CouchWarriors Fighting Game Community Tournament Finals

Featuring the Saturday finals for Smash Bros 4 and DragonBall FighterZ live on stage with commentary! 6:30pm Saturday, Fruitbat Theatre

http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/couchwarriors-fighting-game-community-tournament-finals

 

Console Tournament Area:

CouchWarriors have been called upon once again to host the fighting game section of the Console Tournament area at PaxAus, running through all three days and hosting a wide variety of games to suit any gamer, new or old.

As usual, between tournament sets we are open for learn to play sessions and casual matches. So feel free to take a break between all those panels, cosplaying and indie games to come join in for some competitive fun!

Winners for each tournament will receive a limited edition PAXAus medal!

Direct link to our schedule with tournament rules can be found here.

Games Available:

AGM Officer Roles!

With the Annual General Meeting now wrapped up, we are happy to announce our elected officer roles for 2019!

President – Jack “Pudge” Gorman.
Vice President – Cailan “CK” Kingsbury.
Secretary – Dean “DeanSG” Eddy.
Treasurer – Michael “Javi” Thai.

Brisbane Treasurer – Ellis Johnson

Congratulations and thank you to the whole team for another massive year!

With more exciting events and initiatives to come, the CouchWarriors team in both Melbourne and Brisbane are looking forward to continuing to build these plans for the community.

Thank you to all the players, supporters, volunteers and viewers.

October RanBat – SoulCalibur VI Launch Event

CouchWarriors has some good things in-store for all of our SoulCalibur fans attending this month’s RanBat! To celebrate the launch of SoulCalibur VI we’ll be giving away a whole assortment of goodies, with door prizes being given away at random and a chance to walk away with full collector packs, with one going to this month’s SCVI champion.

All of this is up for grabs:Winners and door prize:

  • Collector Edition ‘Sophitia’ Figurine

General giveaways to everyone while stocks last!

  • T-Shirts
  • SoulCalibur Playing Cards
  • Metal Plates
  • Free copies of the game for the PlayStation 4!

You can sign up now at https://smash.gg/CWRanbatOCT2018. This month’s RanBat is being held at a new location for CouchWarriors, with Bayview by the Park being host to the big launch event. With all of our monthly events under one roof, be sure to check out the updated schedule before Saturday. You can find more details on the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1705796982846057/.

Doors will open at 10am this Saturday (the 20th of October). Hope to see you all there!

You can find more details about SoulCalibur VI ahead of this week’s release at https://en.bandainamcoent.eu/soulcalibur/soulcalibur-vi.

CouchWarriors and Twitch extend esports partnership with 2018-19 Fighting Game Ranking Season: BAM Path to EVO

CouchWarriors and Twitch extend esports partnership with 2018-19 Fighting Game Ranking Season: BAM Path to EVO

 

  • Inclusive Esports Ranking season and league ladder for events across ANZ every month.
  • Each event live stream will feature on Twitch TV’s front page.
  • Earn points to set ANZ FGC esports players on a path to Australian championships at BAM
  • Top ANZ BAM players awarded flights, accom for EVO World Championships in Las Vegas!

 

 

Thursday, 27th September – CouchWarriors and Twitch TV have announced BAM Path To EVO, a qualifying path for ANZ fighting game esports players across multiple local and upcoming online events.  The series, featured front page of #1 gaming streaming platform Twitch TV, starts as of this month. Points earned will be tallied on a combined league ladder, leading to the national championships at BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne). From there, champions in three games will go on to EVO World Championships in 2019.  

 

This new phase of the esports partnership will support ongoing events across the ANZ fighting game community. Players at monthly CouchWarriors, Ozhadou and Standing Fierce events around the region will be able to earn points to see who is performing best at local tournaments, while event streams feature on the front page of live streaming platform, Twitch.TV  

 

Players in Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros 4 WiiU will each earn points tallied on a shared leaderboard at BAMPathToEVO.com.au, and the top scorers will receive travel and a qualifier opportunity at BAM11 in May, 2019.  The top ANZ player at BAM in each game, will once again travel to Las Vegas, USA, to participate in the EVO World Championships!

 

The first phase of the partnership began in May at Australia’s largest Fighting game major, BAM. Three champions then played for Australia at EVO. Now, the pathway is now open to more players around Australia and New Zealand, starting this month.

 

National Ladder and Community Partners

The centralised ladder has launched on BAMPathToEVO.com.au and will grow in features as event results roll in. For more information on the ranking points system, visit https://www.couchwarriors.org/bam-path-to-evo-with-twitch/

 

The first three states to join the series with their regular events will be in Victoria and Queensland through CouchWarriors, Sydney through Ozhadou, and New Zealand through Standing Fierce.

 

Next events and where to watch

 

Each regional points champion will be provided travel and entry into BAM11!

 

Online tournaments each month

In addition to the local community events, further points are available for participants in one online tournament each month per game.  More details of each tournament and how to sign up will be shared on couchwarriors.org/bam-path-to-evo-with-twitch/  and BAMPathToEVO.com.au very soon.

 

Events for everyone

Players in other fighting games will still earn local ranking points. So if you love playing more than SFV, Tekken and Smash 4, players are always encouraged to build their local scenes by playing all games they would like to learn or compete in.

 

To find out more about each fighting game community in ANZ, visit:

 

CouchWarriors: www.couchwarriors.org

Ozhadou: www.ozhadou.net

Standing Fierce: www.standingfierce.com

 

How to join as a partner event or sponsor the series: [email protected]

 

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About Twitch

Twitch is the leading social video service and community for gamers where tens of millions of people come together each day from all over the globe to interact around live and on-demand content. This includes watching, talking, and chatting about video games and esports, as well as traditional sports, anime, music, the creative arts, and other shared interests. Twitch also runs TwitchCon, the annual convention for celebrating the Twitch community. For more information about Twitch, visit our Press Center, Twitter feed (#Twitch), and Blog.

 

 

About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors, established 2006, is an expert in gaming tournaments and esports events.  A community run not for profit with over 10 years experience, grown from the vibrant fighting game community.

Hosts of Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest open entry esports tournament event. CouchWarriors offer casual and grassroots events, scaling to tournaments at the national level.  Both beginner to expert players have room with our inclusive approach, from a professionally minded tournament team.

CouchWarriors also offers commercial events services from tournament organisation and administration, live streaming, event management and staffing. CouchWarriors have supported events including Melbourne Esports Open, Madman Anime Festival and PAX Australia.

For more information

www.couchwarriors.org

www.facebook.com/couchwarriors | www.twitter.com/couchwarriors

 

Contact

Press [email protected] | General [email protected]

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