It has been a tough month or two for any community that relies on live events – our FGC included. Those following our social media accounts will know that the realities of the coronavirus pandemic have forced CouchWarriors to make a number of changes to our 2020 plans, including postponing tournaments or moving them online. To ensure an easy reference for our community over the next few months, we’re collecting those announcements in one place.
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.
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
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
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
- Big Cheese 2: SA Major
- When: December 7-8, 2019
- Where: Union House, Adelaide SA 5000
- Click Here to Register
- Phantom 2020: Sydney Smash/Splatoon Major
- When: March 7-8, 2020
- Where: UNSW Roundhouse Sydney, NSW
- Click here to Register
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
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.
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
$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
$10 Weekend (can convert to Venue entry)
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.
Super Smash Bros: Melee Singles
Super Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
Super Smash Bros: Ultimate Singles
Super Smash Bros: Project Melee
Super Smash Bros: Ultimate Doubles
Super Smash Bros: Melee Doubles
Mortal Kombat 11
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!
The team at CouchWarriors would like to humbly thank Ellis Johnson for his work along with his team in Queensland for the CouchWarriors Community. It’s thanks to the efforts of him and his team that we have been able to extend our events and community to the Sunshine State.
Thank you for your invaluable work!
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.
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!
- Fill out our feedback form, remember to include your email!)
- 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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- Collector Edition ‘Sophitia’ Figurine
General giveaways to everyone while stocks last!
- 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.