BAM12 Registration Roundup!

Get hype! The biggest AusFGC news of the year is the biggest AusFGC event of the year: BAM 2021.

Battle Arena Melbourne is making its comeback in 2021. Held from July 9th-11th, #BAM12 will feature the peak of competitive play for fighting games across Australia as part of the CouchWarriors League, as well as a rare chance for our top talent to battle world-class opposition. Expanding the gaming on offer, alongside BAM will be ITZ Gaming PC LAN (more on that below)!

BAM’s status as Australia’s top Major on the official circuits brings together players and broadcasters from all sorts of games, and CouchWarriors are going in even harder on that big-tent ethos with this year’s event. Whether you count yourself among the hardcore competitors, niche game specialists, casual fans, artists, cosplayers, or game developers, #BAM12 has something to offer.

 

You can buy your ticket to the show – $25 for spectators, $60 for competitors and casual play, along with sign up to individual events through the main portal at smash.gg/BAM12. Now, read on for a quick blow-by-blow of the individual attractions that will make this another amazing BAM!

Registrations are open now at smash.gg/BAM12

OPEN-ENTRY BRACKETS & COMMUNITY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The heart and soul of BAM, our TO’s will be running official brackets for the following games over the weekend: 

  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition 
  • Tekken 7 
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Singles & Doubles) 
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee (Singles & Doubles) 
  • Guilty Gear Strive 
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ 
  • Mortal Kombat 11 
  • Soul Calibur VI 
  • Dead Or Alive 6 
  • Killer Instinct 
  • Rivals of Aether 
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Brawlhalla 

 

That’s a TON of chances for you to become a BAM champion this year! All of these tournaments will feature their own prizes, with timetables staggered across the weekend so you can fit in as many sets as possible. Schedule will be released soon.

 

We’re also producing a second schedule of community-led tournaments, featuring a broad cross-selection of cult-hit games, special rulesets and other fan favourite stipulations. Check the schedule closer to the date so you don’t miss out on these wild and wonderful side events!

 

ARTIST’S ALLEY RETURNS 

Artist's Alley announcement

After a great reception for the community artists appearing at past BAM events, we’re renewing our efforts to attract more amazing local creatives to table at BAM12! However, table space will still be limited compared to a normal convention, so make sure you fill in your application at the link below ASAP (closes June 18th).
Those artists who do secure a spot will be showcasing their work to the entire Australian FGC, as well as the audience of the ITZ Gaming LAN event n! The Artist’s Alley is open to creatives from a variety of disciplines, even if their work doesn’t focus on fighting game characters. We just want to see some incredible art at BAM12!

bit.ly/BAM2021Artists

 

BAM12 INDIECADE

Indiecade announcement

Indie game developers have a special reason to have their work appear at BAM. We’re eager to promote the work of local devs who are creating all genres of game to shine before our huge audience of passionate gamers. While it doesn’t have to be a competitive game, indie devs who have presented at BAM before have relished the insightful feedback on mechanics and game balance from attendees. Fill in the application form below (closes June 6th) to negotiate space for your demo or other preview in our dedicated indiecade space on the main BAM floor! 

bit.ly/BAM2021IndieArcade 

 

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer applications open

Of course, every BAM runs on the skill, charisma and pluck of our heroic volunteers – community members who take the chance to help ensure that the event lives up to its long tradition of excellence. Volunteers get free spectator passes and can also register normally as a competitor – we will work with you to ensure that your volunteer duties don’t clash with your tournament matches! We also treat volunteers to food & drink throughout the weekend, and access to the famed BAM afterparty once the festivities are all wrapped up. It takes all-hands-on-deck to run an event of this size, so fill in the form below, join our TO staff and loyal community, and do your bit to make BAM12 a hit!

bit.ly/BAM2021Volunteer

 

STREAMING TO FANS AT HOME AROUND THE WORLD

As befits the status of an international Major, BAM12 will feature simultaneous streaming broadcast for many of the official brackets, as well as some community tournaments! A list of the main games and streams is below, with full details to be announced closer to the event. Note that some official world series events will instead be featured on the international channels for those circuits.

twitch.tv/couchwarriors – Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11

twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Singles & Doubles)

twitch.tv/melbournemelee – Super Smash Bros. Melee (Singles & Doubles)

twitch.tv/couchwarriors2 – Dragonball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Strive

Further channels for more events to be announced

 

ALL THE MAKINGS OF GREATNESS

Pulling off Australia’s biggest fighting game event ever isn’t easy – but luckily, CouchWarriors has received gracious support for #BAM12 both within the community, and without. We have the tireless efforts of the CouchWarriors committee and regional organizers to thank, along with all of our outstanding volunteers who will be giving their time to make BAM a reality. Our long-time PC hardware sponsor Mwave have once again pledged their support to the event as well as the broader CWLeague tournament season. 

Mwave Sponsorship announcement

Furthermore, this year marks a new partnership with ITZ Gaming LAN – their 1000-seat BYOC LAN will be taking place under the same roof as #BAM12 over the same weekend. We have arranged for both events to be open for spectators from the other sidegiving attendees the chance to take in even MORE exciting tournament action, as well as our range of exhibiting artists and Indiecade developers! Check out ITZ Gaming on social media for further details, or to book a BYOC spot for their event.

 

It’s going to be an absolutely frenetic weekend, a momentary gaming paradise under one massive roof. Don’t forget to register on smash.gg/BAM12 – and we’ll see all of you in July!

 

Cospendium SSBU League – May

The Smash scene has gradually adapted to the all-online tournament season of 2020, and now there are plenty of events being run each month to keep the community ticking. One big positive to come out of this is the number of heretofore undiscovered wi-fi warriors who are proving themselves as serious talent through these tournaments. We’re also seeing different orgs step up and help to support the scene, and that’s what has brought us this new tournament series from Cospendium and FGC powerhouse Kanga Esports.

Cospendium is a new-look convention organisation, hosting events for the gaming, cosplay and fandom communities in Melbourne. CouchWarriors have already partnered with Cospendium to run their live gaming arena at these events, and now Cospendium have furthered their support of the FGC by sponsoring online Smash Ultimate events. Kanga Esports are providing valuable admin assistance, and have enabled the creation of a full online league leading up to Cospendium 2021 in January!

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CouchWarriors teams with Cospendium Convention for Gaming Zone and tournaments!

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Cospendium Cosplay and Games Convention!

Cospendium is a brand new event on the pop culture calendar, which is developing a new approach to convetions and will be including gaming in a big way! 

As a major part of the event, Cospendium and CouchWarriors have joined forces, and with their fantastic support, we’ll be able to bring you an amazing Gaming Zone at Cospendium featuring our core Fighting Game Tournaments, PC Freeplay, Console Freeplay, Indie Games, Gaming Exhibitors, and much more to be announced. The gaming zone will be amazing for new fans and old, whether learning to play, showing your skills, or checking out cool new games.

As part of today’s first announcement we’ll reveal the first tournament titles which will each have a $1,000 prize pool!

Tournament Games with 1,000 Prize Pool
  • Street Fighter V
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Tekken 7

Thanks to the amazing support from Cospendium, who are creating something special with this new convention, the same will be true of the CouchWarriors Gaming Zone. The tournaments hosted here will be consequential, supported with great prizes and an amazing, big screen spectator experience.  

Tournament info

Here are the first round of CouchWarriors Gaming Zone Tournaments at Cospendium!

Each tournament will feature $1,000 cash prize pool, and will be open to everyone with a Cospendium ticket.

Step One: Make sure you have a Cospendium ticket at https://cospendium.com.au/ 

Step Two: Register for your tournaments on http://smash.gg/couchwarriorscospendium

You will be able to preregister online and, if spaces are available, on the day for each tournament.  Major tournaments will be run with a feature stage, and live stream to capture those clutch moments.

Melbourne Esports Open returns with the CouchWarriors Fighting Game Stage

We’re returning to Melbourne Esports Open to bring fighting games to #MEO2019! Catch all the action on the CouchWarriors Fighting Game Stage as part of this major esports festival! MEO is coming up on August 31 to September 1

Five fighting games. $1,000 Base Prize Pool Each.

Compete in Street Fighter V,  Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Super Smash Bros Melee. Melee has an extra $500 thanks to Melbourne Melee, and Dragon Ball has something extra special!

Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour

We’re bringing DBFZ World Tour to the MEO arena! Take part in this Tenkaichi event, claim a share in an added $1,000 cash prize pool and earn points on the world leaderboard. More info on DBFZ World Tour: https://dbfzworldtour.com/

Here’s how you can get involved

With your tickets for event entry, registration for the fighting games are free. Each game is double elimination, entry is open to all comers and skill levels. Compete to show you’re the best, or improve your skills!

SCHEDULE FOR FIGHTING GAMES AT MEO

Saturday

Tekken, Street Fighter V and Dragon Ball FighterZ

Doors Open for registration:Check in at the MEO registration desk between 9am and 10am on the day to confirm your spot in the bracket.

All tournaments will start at 11am. All games are double elimination.

Street Fighter V

Top 8: 2pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

Tekken 7 

Top 8: 3:30pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Two day event. Finalists provided passes for Sunday)

Event Start: Pools 12pm, Semifinals 4pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz

Sunday

Smash 4 and Smash Melee, DBFZ finals

Doors Open for registration:Check in at the MEO registration desk between 9am and 10am on the day to confirm your spot in the bracket.

All tournaments will start at 11am. All games are double elimination.

Finals:

Smash 4 Top 8: 2:00pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash

Smash Melee Top 8: 2:30pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Two day event. Finalists provided passes for Sunday)

Event Start: Top 8: 12pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz

CouchWarriors at Oz Comic-Con 2019

 

Appearing again for the 5th year in a row, CouchWarriors will be bringing your favourite fighting games  tournaments to both days of Oz Comic-Con 2019.

Taking over Oz Comic-Con’s “Gaming Zone” for another year, we will be running tournaments for community favourite games such as Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Street Fighter V, DOA6 and Tekken 7 as well as casual set ups, learn to play sessions and more.

As usual, our convention tournaments are a more casual environment that the usual CouchWarriors events, so if you or someone you know wants to get into the tournament scene or try out a new game there is no better time to give it a shot!!!

For more information about CouchWarriors at OCC2019, as well as the rest of what OCC2019 has to offer, please check out the schedule Here

 

 

 

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:

COUCHWARRIORS HOSTING FIGHTING GAMES AT PAXAUS! OCT 27-29

Doing our part to support PAXAus for yet another year! Read on for our console tournament schedule, but let us share the other awesome activity around the show:

Panels:

What Makes a Fighting Game Good?

Featuring CouchWarriors and Ozhadou Community members! 6pm Friday, Gamespot Theatre

http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/what-makes-a-fighting-game-good

CouchWarriors: 10 Years Building a Gaming Community 9pm Friday, Kookaburra Theatre

http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/couchwarriors-10-years-building-a-gaming-community

Tournament Stages

CouchWarriors team members are helping run these tournament stages:

Throwdown Street Fighter V with Red Bull

Throwdown Esports $16K Street Fighter V tournament at PAX Aus: CouchWarriors Supporting

Injustice 2 with ESL Australia and 18point2

INJUSTICE 2 Major PAXAUS Tournament: $20K Prize pool. CouchWarriors supporting

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 can be found here.

Games Available:

Street Fighter 5
Tekken 7
Injustice 2
Super Smash Bros for WiiU
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

INJUSTICE 2 Major PAXAUS Tournament: $20K Prize pool. CouchWarriors supporting

CouchWarriors is proudly supporting a major Injustice 2 tournament to be hosted at PAX Australia with a prize pool of AUD$20,000!

Qualifiers will be held on Friday 27th. The final eight will compete on Sunday 29th for glory and their share of the massive prize pool:

1st prize: $7,500

2nd place: $5,000

3rd & 4th place: $3,500

REGISTER HERE: https://smash.gg/tournament/injustice-2-major-pax-aus-tournament

When: Round 1 qualifiers – Friday 27th October on the PAX Arena stage

Final 8 – Sunday 29th October on the PAX Arena stage

Where: PAX Australia, Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006

Cost: Entry to the tournament is free. Entry to the Friday session at PAX Australia required, valued at $65 – Sunday passes will be provided for anyone in the final 8 that doesn’t already have one. Tickets are available here.

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER There is a BYOC / Sticks policy for the event. We have some available for emergency and our friendly players will often loan a controller, but we ask you to please bring your own!

Throwdown Esports $16K Street Fighter V tournament at PAX Aus: CouchWarriors Supporting

CouchWarriors is proudly supporting a major Street Fighter V tournament to be hosted at PAX Australia with Throwdown Esports
The event will feature a $16,000 prize pool including a custom built Arcade Cabinet, and for the winner, a trip to Red Bull Kumite in Paris!
We will be hosting qualifying events in Melbourne, Sydney, and online, and assisting with the main event.
Sign up for the event including online qualifiers below!
Dates
Online Qualifiers:
Live Qualifiers:

Finals on Throwdown Stage Saturday 29th October

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