BAM14 – Trailer Launch, Announces Australian TEKKEN and STREET FIGHTER Qualifiers for ESPORTS WORLD CUP

BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne), Australia’s national fighting game community (FGC) Championship, brings the FGC together across an eclectic variety of titles, while presenting a top class competitive event attracting players from around the world. Among its returning world tour partners, this year sees BAM act as a qualifier for ESPORTS WORLD CUP

On May 31, June 1 and June 2, 2024, BAM will host nearly 50 events for gaming communities during major fighting game championships at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

 

  • ESPORTS WORLD CUP Qualifiers (Top 2 placers) for TEKKEN 8 & Street Fighter 6
  • TEKKEN World Tour Master Event with international ladder points and $5,000 prize
  • ARC World Tour Gold Event with international ladder points
  • Major tournaments for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, TEKKEN 8, MORTAL KOMBAT 1, STREET FIGHTER 6, GUILTY GEAR STRIVE among 47+ tournaments
  • Spectator seating, Casual freeplay gaming, Splatoon, Beyblade, Artist Alley and more

As a major event on the global fighting game (FGC) circuit, BAM is both a community event and an international gaming destination. By unique players, BAM is the largest esports event in Australia and will once again host TEKKEN World Tour and Guilty Gear Strive’s Arc World Tour. This year, the event causing a global sensation across esports, the ESPORTS WORLD CUP, will see an Australian qualifier at BAM. 

WORLD TOUR EVENTS AND QUALIFIERS

Esports World Cup: Debuting this year, EWC has created a sensation with its Global Tournament encompassing dozens of the top competitive titles, a massive $60m USD prize pool and world finals. EWC titles at BAM this year are TEKKEN 8 and STREET FIGHTER 6

Tekken World Tour returns to Australia as BAM hosts a Master Event, and world class Tekken players have registered to take the all important points on the TWT leaderboard and a $5,000 cash prize.

Arc World Tour at BAM will be a Gold Event for Guilty Gear Strive and Granblue VS Fantasy Rising – offering big points to qualify for the Arc World Tour finals

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International players of note returning to BAM include TEKKEN masters KNEE (Last year’s BAM champion), Chanel, Rest and Ulsanfrom South Korea, and Thailand’s Book. For Guilty Gear Strive, last year’s BAM champion, IBUSHIGIN|Leo from Japan defends his title, and there are players from Malaysia, Singapore and the USA.

Australian competitors, such as Capcom Cup finalist and 2023 Street Fighter 6 champion Christian “ROF” Dedalija, will have their work cut out for them against their peers from around the country and the world.

BAM is the biggest event of the year across the ANZ fighting game community. Over 1,000 unique players have attended each event since 2019, with players coming from all over the country to claim a coveted BAM trophy and enjoy the fun and glory of competing.

For a look back at BAM 2023, watch the recap trailer here

A sample of images from the event below.

Watch Live: The event will be live streamed on CouchWarriors, CouchWarriorsSmash, the official Tekken World Tour channel and multiple community channels (Schedule is found on the registration page)

Battle Arena Melbourne 14 Wave 2 Games Announcement!


Our second wave of game announcements for BAM14 is here! All of the following games have been added for registration:

  • SAMURAI SHODOWN
  • SOULCALIBUR VI
  • Touhou Hisoutensoku
  • Kamen Rider: Super Climax Heroes
  • Pokken Tournament DX
  • Vampire Savior
  • Yatagarasu Enter the Eastward
  • UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes
  • MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM EXTREME VS. MAXIBOOST ON
  • Brawlhalla (Singles and Doubles)
  • Skullgirls: 2nd Encore
  • BLAZBLUE CENTRALFICTION
  • Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
  • Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising
  • DRAGON BALL FighterZ
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • The King of Fighters Maximum Impact Regulation “A”
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo (30th Anniversary)
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R
  • Killer Instinct (2013)
  • Lethal League Blaze
  • Project+ (Singles and Doubles)
  • HewDraw Remix Singles
  • Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code
  • Them’s Fightin’ Herds
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • SoulCalibur II
  • The King of Fighters XV
  • Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown

All of these games and more can be registered for at https://start.gg/bam14

Your favourite game not there and you would like to run it? Please head on over to the registration page and fill out the tournament submission form! Keep in mind this is a submission form to run games, not a form to request games for somebody else to run.

Events Calendar – March 2024

A huge welcome back to all world warriors, local legends and online grinders joining us for CouchWarriors League 2024! The CWL is even bigger and better this summer season, tracking results from all across Australia before we ultimately crown our national champions at Battle Arena Melbourne in June.

This month will see a full schedule of ranbats, hosting fierce competition in every state, as well as some extra opportunities to pick up points through the RMIT Game Day and (at least for the Guilty Gear crowd) our monthly CWL Online showdown!
Read on for the dates and sign-up links for all of March’s #CWLeague events.

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Fighting Game Tournaments return to TGX with CouchWarriors League

Fighting Games make for an incredible live event spectacle, and anyone can join!  Once again we’re teaming up with THE GAME EXPO to host tournaments for your favourite fighting games!

Whether playing to learn, for fun or for glory and prizes,  all are welcome to enjoy the FGC (Fighting game community) at TGX.

The Game Expo will be at Melbourne Convention Centre on March 23-24, 2024

REGISTER HERE start.gg/thegameexpo

GAMES

  • Street Fighter 6
  • Tekken 8
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Guilty Gear Strive
  • Brawlhalla

PRIZES

  • Cash prize pool across all games of $6,000
  • CouchWarriors League circuit points (Major event double points) – top players get prizes and entry support into national major BAM mid year – www.couchwarriorsleague.com.au

Events Calendar – December 2023

It’s that very special time of year again, one we’ve all been looking forward to for months. A chance to celebrate with friends and loved ones, to look back on the year’s efforts, and then to top it all off with a huge day of fighting game tournaments. That’s right, CouchWarriors Crossup returns in a new one-day format to close out 2023!

This event will also be the CouchWarriors League Winter Season Finale, where our best players land their final blows in the struggle for leaderboard supremacy. There will also be plenty of side-game tournaments, the launch of a Guilty Gear card game, and the CW Community Awards presentation! Read on for the dates and sign-up links for all of December’s #CWLeague events.

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Events Calendar: November 2023

November gives us the opportunity to recharge between a convention-and-major-packed October and the holiday chaos of December. CWL Online events may have concluded for the year, but our regular state ranbats give fighters around Australia the chance to pick up a few more points before the end of the CouchWarriors League Winter Season.

Despite venue issues delaying this schedule release there are still tournaments to sign up for in many states – read on for the dates and sign-up links for all of November’s #CWLeague events.

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Events Calendar: October 2023

By far the biggest month on the back half of our 2023 calendar, October brings us two massive spectacles across its first two weekends. First up, CouchWarriors will once again be representing the FGC at PAX Australia, running tournaments and friendlies out of the console gaming area all weekend!

While PAX AUS isn’t a CWL ranking event, our other marquee event will absolutely make an impact on our seasonal leaderboards. The Big Cheese 4 is the most important opportunity for our elite players since Battle Arena Melbourne – and as always, the chance to redefine the state vs. state pecking order will be a strong motivator.

The logjam of special events means that our regular ranbat schedule is subject to change – read on for the dates and sign-up links for all of September’s #CWLeague events.

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Events Calendar: September 2023

With next month’s Big Cheese 4 looming as a major shakeup of the CouchWarriors League ladder, September’s ranking events will be an important warmup and scouting opportunity for top players across our featured games.

The Tekken scene in particular will have a great chance to measure the form of interstate rivals in this month’s CWL Online bracket. We’re also excited to look outside our CWL featured games and put on several prize-supported tournaments for the Brawlhalla community!
That’s just a taste of the action on offer though – read on for the dates and sign-up links for all of September’s #CWLeague events.

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CouchWarriors League: Winter 2023 Season Details

Our first CouchWarriors League circuit for 2023 concluded in epic fashion at Battle Arena Melbourne 13, crowning national champions for your favourite fighting games in front of a raucous crowd. But with the book now closed on that chapter of history, CWL competition is already building up a fresh head of steam!

It’s time for the Winter 2023 season, and now with the leaderboards wiped clean there’s a massive opportunity for new challengers to step up and make their names. Let’s quickly set the scene: what games are featured as major titles, which tournaments will earn you points to climb the CWL leaderboards, and what is it all leading up to come the end of the year!?

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