AUSTRALIAN EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR CAPCOM PRO TOUR: COUCHWARRIORS’ BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 8 AND OZHADOU NATIONALS 14

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FEBRUARY 10, 2016 – Today Capcom, ahead of launching Street Fighter V, announced its Capcom Pro Tour event circuit.  CouchWarriors’ eighth annual Battle Arena Melbourne, Australia’s largest competitive fighting game event, and the fourteenth OzHadou Nationals (Sydney), Australia’s longest running competitive fighting game event, will both be Ranking Events on the international esports series, the Capcom Pro Tour, putting Australia’s best fighting game players in the global spotlight.

By earning Ranking Points at BAM8, OHN14 and other Capcom Pro Tour Ranking Events, competitors can qualify for a place in the prestigious Capcom Cup Finals at the end of the year. In addition, winners of Street Fighter V at each event will be sent to the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals in South Korea; the winner of this CPT Premier event will earn a direct qualification to the Capcom Cup Finals.

The Capcom Cup, in its fourth year, has showcased the best of the best in Street Fighter, with past champions including renowned players Naoto Sako, Yusuke Momochi and “Kazunoko” Ryota Inoue. All three have made appearances in Australia before, so only time will tell what sort of international talent the promise of CPT ranking points might bring to Melbourne and Sydney this year, and which local champions will rise up to challenge the best in the world.

If you’re looking for your own piece of the action, you can register for Battle Arena Melbourne 8, to be held at CQ Functions in Melbourne on May 13-15, and look forward to news regarding OzHadou Nationals 14 in Sydney, closer to its date of August 26-28.  

As part of the wider Australian fighting game community, both CouchWarriors and OzHadou strive to make new players welcome, and host a range of events for players to enjoy and level up their game.

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About CouchWarriors:  CouchWarriors Inc. is a not for profit association created to energise the fighting game community. Starting in 2006 as an informal community group, it created an event series for social play and ranking battles which serves as the heart of the Melbourne scene. The project has blossomed into large events like the major annual, Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), providing tournament services, support and resources for industry including major events such as PAX Australia, and ongoing support to community companion events.

 

About OzHadou:  OzHadou is a group passionate about bringing together fighting gamers throughout Australia. Since its founding in 2001, OzHadou has been establishing connections between fighting gamers nationwide. As the chief fighting game body in Sydney, the OzHadou team has developed extensive tournament experience which culminates annually in the OzHadou Nationals (OHN), Australia’s first and longest running fighting game major, where the nation’s best gather to compete for the coveted title of “OHN champion”.

 

For more information:

[email protected]                     [email protected]

www.couchwarriors.org                     www.ozhadou.net

www.facebook.com/couchwarriors           www.facebook.com/ozhadou

www.twitter.com/couchwarriors               www.twitter.com/ozhadou

OFFICIAL STREET FIGHTER V LAUNCH TOURNAMENT – February 20

COUCHWARRIORS Proudly Presents
OFFICIAL STREET FIGHTER V LAUNCH TOURNAMENT
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Supported by Capcom and Playstation 4

Celebrating the launch of Street Fighter V, join us at our major events venue for casual matches, and the first tournament. Who will set the pace for the new era of SFV?

Major prizes for Winners, Runners up, and a range of Participation prizes.

Update – Preregister for the event here

Sponsors:

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Prizes detailed in this post

COUCHWARRIORS RANBATS:

FEBRUARY PREMIUM RANKING BATTLE 2016


– Fighting game tournaments and casuals – ALL Games!
Special event Ranbat at CQ (BAM VENUE) IN THE MELBOURNE CBD!

Note as a premium event there will be a $15 Entry

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles (Ranbat) are a day long fighters festival!
At each Ranbat players can earn ranking points from participating in tournaments, with Prizes and Medals earned at the end of the year!

Event Info

When: SATURDAY February 20th

Where: CQ Functions, 123 Queen St, Melbourne, 3000

Cost: $15 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/213701462314018/

Current Schedule

10am – Doors, Casual play
11am – PM Singles
12pm- Smash 4 doubles
1.30pm- melee doubles
1:30[pm – Guilty Gear Xrd

2:30pm STREET FIGHTER V

3:30pm – MORTAL KOMBAT X
4pm – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
3.30pm- smash 4 singles double elimination
4.30pm- melee singles double elimination
6pm – Rivals of Aether
6:00pm Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

Casuals for more games available!

LIVE STREAM

www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv

www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee

Additional Streams TBC

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER
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 own!  Also, while we should have enough equipment to run the tournaments, everyone will appreciate anybody who can bring setups for casuals and DIYs.

HOW TO GET THERE

CQ Functions is on Queen St, a short walk up from Melbourne Central train Station, or Flinders St Station.

Upcoming Event Dates

Regular Ranbats will take place at the regular venue Monthly on the 3rd and 4th SATURDAY of every month.

(Except BAM in May and TBC Premium end of year Dec)
Mason Hall, 6 Davies St Brunswick. Subscribe to our Facebook events list and look for updates at www.couchwarriors.org

CCH local casuals January 30

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Chris’ Club House (CCH) is back on this Saturday at the Collingwood Library, for another friendly night of FGC casuals and chillout. For 2016 dates and more details check out the CCH page. If you want a quick video primer of the event check out Burnout’s video of it:

When: January 30 at 3PM till late

Where: Collingwood library, 11 Stanton St, Abbotsford (Next to Collingwood train station)

PLAY STREET FIGHTER V AT RANKING BATTLE AUGUST 22!

Get Ready to RISEUP – we will have a special preview of STREET FIGHTER V at this month’s Ranking Battle event.SF5 Preview

There will be two stations available for players to get a hands on experience in two player offline matches.  It will be the gamescom build, so try Ken and Necalli!

We will be running some house rules to move people through the preview with three matches on, then move to next players for most of the time.  We will also schedule some exhibitions with top players later in the day.

Thank you to Capcom for the opportunity to showcase the new game.

Regular event info follows

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles are a day long fighters festival! Newcomers are welcome as well as tournament veterans.

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 the current rankings 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 AUGUST 22 11am-10pm

Where: Brunswick Masonic Hall 6 Davies St, Brunswick North

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

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/368998999977773/

Current Schedule

Schedule (Subject to change)

11am – Doors, Casual play
11:30am – Super Smash Bros. Wii U doubles
12pm – Super Smash Bros. PM Singles
12pm onward STREET FIGHTER V PREVIEW – CASUALS, EXHIBITIONS
1pm – Super Smash Bros. Melee Doubles
3pm – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
4pm – Guilty Gear Xrd
3pm – MORTAL KOMBAT X
3pm – Super Smash Bros. Wii U Singles
4pm – Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles
3:30pm – 6pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV

 

LIVE STREAM

www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER
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.

HOW TO GET THERE

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.

 

Upcoming Event Dates

 

September
Animaga – Anime and Gaming convention – Melbourne – September 5-6
http://animaga.com.au/

Ozhadou Nationals 13 – Sydney September 11-13
www.ozhadou.net

CouchWarriors Ranking Battle September 19 (Melbourne)(TBC)

CouchWarriors hosting Fighting Games at OzComicCon! June 27-28

occposterWe are proud to announce we are once again working with OzComicCon Melbourne to present an entertaining Fighting Game area at the convention, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on June 27 and 28.

Join in the fighting game action at OzcomicCon! Beginners to pros welcome!
Learn to play, casual winner-stay matches, and Prize Winning Tournaments will be available each day.

There will even be unique OCC medals for winners!

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UPDATE – DEAD OR ALIVE 5 LAST ROUND TOURNAMENT NOW A QUALIFIER TO DEAD OR ALIVE FESTIVAL IN JAPAN

Schedule

The basic schedule is found in the image below and linked here

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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RANKING BATTLE FEBRUARY 21, 2015. DOA5LR Launch and More

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.

Launch Tournament – Dead Or Alive 5 Last Round

Thanks to Team Ninja and Mindscape Games we are hosting a launch tournament for DOA5LR, with prize support to be announced shortly

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Event Info

When: SATURDAY February 21 11am-10pm

Where: Brunswick Masonic Hall 6 Davies St, Brunswick North

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

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/346626142212881/?source=1

Current Schedule

11am – Doors, Casual play

11:30am – Smash Melee Doubles
12pm – Smash Wii U Doubles
12:30PM – Smash Project M Singles
2pm – 4pm – Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (stream NGP)
2pm – 4pm – Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
3pm – 4pm – Guilty Gear Xrd (stream NGP)
3:30pm – 6pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV (Stream NGP)
3:30pm – Smash WiiU Singles
4pm – 7pm – SkullGirls
4:30pm – Smash Melee Singles
6pm – 8pm – Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

Also available for play on request or if community BYO added setups:

Killer Instinct
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Injustice
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
King of Fighters XIIII
Persona 4A Ultimax

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER
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.

HOW TO GET THERE

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.

Upcoming Event Dates

Mar 21st

Apr 18th

May 22,23,24: BAM7 (Major Event, No Ranbat)

Jun 20th (Tentative)

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.

RANKING BATTLES – MONTHLY TOURNAMENTS

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.

Dates

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.

MEET N MASH – FRIDAYS WEEKLY IN THE CBD

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

CCH – FORTNIGHTLY CASUALS

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

BAM7: BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 7 – MAY 22, 23, 24

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:
Secretary
Rory Betteridge
Treasurer
Michael “Javi” Thai
President/Chair
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:

Web: CouchWarriors.org
Email: [email protected]
Facebook.com/CouchWarriors
Twitter.com/CouchWarriors

Special Preview – Dead Or Alive 5 Last Round (PS4) Playable at this Sunday’s Ranbat!

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That’s right, you’ll be able to play the new version of Dead or Alive 5 on PS4 ahead of its release in 2015!  Make sure you head to the December Ranking Battle Finals this Sunday 14th and you can be among the first to play the next generation edition of the 3D fighter.

Featuring two new characters,  new stages and environment effects, this looks to build on the solid work put in on DOA5 Ultimate.

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Prizes

Plus, Mindscape Games are giving away copies of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, the DOA soundtrack, and Kasumi mousepads.  There’s been a good run of tournaments for DOA5U this year at Ranking Battles, with a Ranking Season Medal Winner to be decided this Sunday.

Community

Join the Dead or Alive Australian Community on Facebook. Players are regularly setting up games online and sharing news and info.

Follow Tecmo Koei distributor Mindscape Games on Facebook and Twitter, and Team Ninja’s official Dead or Alive Facebook Page.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is out on all platforms including Xbox One, PS4 and Steam PC on February 20th 2015.  Check out the latest character reveal trailer of brutal boss character, Raidou:

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