We are proud to announce TEAM NINJA, along with Tecmo Koei Europe and Australian Distributor Mindscape, are supporting Battle Arena Melbourne 7!
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Team Ninja are the developer of DEAD OR ALIVE 5 LAST ROUND, which will see Australia’s very best fighting it out in the tournament on Sunday 24th.

International guest PERFECT LEGEND will be participating in the DOA5LR tournament.  Winner of EVO in 2006 for DOA, Perfect Legend remains a big supporter of the game. You can see him explaining the tutorial mode of the game here.



Team Ninja and local distributor Mindscape Australia have offered a round of Tecmo Koei games and special items,


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BAM7 Sponsors: Capcom, CI Games, Deep Silver, Obsidian


We’re happy to have the support of Capcom for Battle Arena Melbourne 7!  Expect more great things to come, while this year we have a fantastic prize bundle to give away:


One special grade Capcom Classic Watch, and five each of the cool mugs and keyrings!


· Devil May Cry Definitive Edition: 2 each for PS4,and Xbox One

· Resident Evil: 2 x Xbox One




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CouchWarriors Headset Sponsor 2015: PLANTRONICS GAMING

CouchWarriors is pleased to announce the return of headset sponsor for 2015, PLANTRONICS GAMING

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PLANTRONICS is a leader in gaming headsets, and has been a great supporter of gaming events, teams and players. Known for quality and innovative headsets, the Plantronics RIG, which incorporates a multi-input mixer, will be deployed at the tournament stations. Look forward to comfort and complete focus when playing tournament matches


In addition to the RIG headset being available for players, there will be a prize pool of headsets for our tournament winners and for prize giveaways.

RIG Headsets (Great with all consoles and PC)

Backbeat Go Wireless Earbuds

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BAM7 Cash Pot Bonuses for EVERY Major Game!

The fun of playing in a major tournament is the main reason for coming, win or lose, you’re going to learn a lot and find new people to play in the community.

For those gunning for the top spots, there’s a lot to motivate you.  The glory of winning a major event which so few get to do; the trophy, the recognition.  Lets not forget though, the cash value of the pot.  Every tournament entry fee goes into this cash prize pool to be shared among the top 4 and in some cases the top 8 placings.  This year, we are encouraging more tournament entries with cash bonuses on top of those pot prize pools – and EVERY game gets at least $100 bonus!

Here’s the big announcement of all the Pot Bonuses we have lined up for the major games at BAM7

Sponsor Pot Bonus
Mortal Kombat WB Games 1000
Smash 4 BenQ 750

CouchWarriors Pot Bonus
Ultra Street Fighter 4 500
Super Smash Bros Melee 500 – This is a Local Hero bonus, distributed among ANZ players only!
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- 100
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 100
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round 100
The King of Fighters XIII 100
Killer Instinct 100

Cosplay 200

Along with regular pot earnings, we will give away…

Over $7,000 in cash.

Total Cash and Prizes for BAM7 will be well over $10,000!



We are pleased to announce Battle Arena Melbourne’s official cosplay competition! Come down in your best fighting game costume for a chance to win some awesome prizes, including an amazing opportunity to get a professional shoot at DCF Studios.  There’s over $1,000 in cash and prizes for the Cosplay alone!

Plus, on the floor BAM7, we will have a special photo wall and photographer onsite, so there’ll be great shots to come from the event.


Battle Arena Melbourne 7 Cosplay Competition

When: May 22-24
Cosplay Sunday May 24 (Arrive by 2:30pm 5pm Presentation)
Theme: Fighting Game characters

Where: 123 Queen St, Melbourne

Join the Facebook Event 

Cost: Spectator pass $5.


1st Place
$500 Voucher DCF Studios: Professional Photo/Video services and Studio time!
Opportunity to have your costume proudly displayed at OzComicCon Melbourne’s Cosplay Area

Top 4
$200 Cash bonus prize pool
Tickets to OzComicCon Melbourne
(Making all the easier to compete in the Australian Championships of Cosplay – Apply online)

Plus more prizes from our Sponsors including WB Games Australia, Capcom and Madman

GET OVER HERE! Announcing Special Guest PERFECT LEGEND and more for Mortal Kombat X at BAM7

This May 22-24, fighting game players around the country will gather for the National Major event, BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 7.  Among the epic competitions will be the first large scale tournament for MORTAL KOMBAT X in Australia.

CouchWarriors, in partnership with Warner Bros Games Australia, is proud to announce these special features for MORTAL KOMBAT X


BAM7 will feature a themed tournament play area for the game, the MORTAL KOMBAT PIT.  The atmosphere of the Outworld comes to Melbourne, in this R18+ space.


As the first major competitive event for MORTAL KOMBAT X, WB Games Australia, our Major Sponsor, is providing an amazing prize pool of must-have Mortal Kombat merchandise for participants across the beginner level to top players.  To entice the very best players to strive for the top 8, there is a Cash Prize Pool Bonus of $1,000.

This prize pool will be distributed down through the top 8 finishers, on top of product giveaways and the regular cash prizing drawn from entries.


This is the rare opportunity to play against a world class Mortal Kombat player, two time EVO World Champion, Carl “PERFECT LEGEND” White.  Perfect Legend won the Evolution World Championships for Mortal Kombat 9, back to back in 2011 and 2012.  You can see our announcement trailer below.

Opportunities for Interview

Media who wish to interview Perfect Legend,  please contact us


More information

BAM7 returns on May 22-24, at CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne.  Full schedule of events and Event Registration will be open soon.




About Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat X is NetherRealm Studios’ next highly anticipated installment in its legendary, critically acclaimed fighting game franchise that propels the iconic franchise into a new generation.  Mortal Kombat X is scheduled for release on April15, 2015 for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC



About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors Inc is a not for profit association created to energise the fighting game community.
Hosts of the major annual, Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), providing tournament services, support and resources for industry and community companion events.


December 2014 Final Ranking Battle Results and Points Tally

The December Ranking Battle results are in!  We had an amazing turnout of 115 attendees.  The Ranking results are added below.  We will update soon with the Smash Bros results.

Ranking season medals were awarded to the top points getters in Smash 4, Smash Melee, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate and Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

There were some great finals prizes given away thanks to Benq, Madman, Five Star Games and Mindscape Games. Plus thanks to Mindscape and Tecmo Koei we had a preview play of the new Dead or Alive 5 Last Round. What a packed event!

Enjoy this wrapup video from New Game Plus

See you all in 2014. Ranking battle season starts January 24th, 2015.

The ongoing Results Tally board has been updated below.

Points earned by players are based on the following system: Read more

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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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.


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:


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!

This month we’ve got the first Super Smash Bros WiiU open tournament plus we find out who will finish at the top of the table in all of the ranked fighting games for this year!

Come play or BYO your setup. Enjoy some casuals or get in your tournament practice going with our structured events.


There will be Ranking Battle Medals for the top of table of Ultra Street Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Smash Bros Melee and Smash 4 (3DS and WiiU Rankings combined), See the current Rankings Table

Prizes and Special Game Preview

We have sponsors on board for this finals event with prizes from BENQ AustraliaMadman Entertainment, Five Star Games and Mindscape Games!

BenQ will be providing THREE Gaming Monitors as giveaway prizes, plus we will have BENQ monitors available for the Smash Community to plug their WiiU’s into at the event.

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Five Star Games on behalf of SEGA have provided a 360 and PS3 copy each of PERSONA 4 ULTIMAX!

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

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!  Plus, Mindscape Games are giving away copies of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, the DOA soundtrack, and Kasumi mousepads.  More details in the announcement post.


Event Info

When: SUNDAY –  December 14th : 12pm-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/345571055622876/

Current Schedule

1pm – Smash Melee Singles
2pm – 4pm – Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
3pm – Smash WiiU Singles
3pm – 6pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV
4pm – 7pm – SkullGirls
4pm – Smash Project M Singles
5:30pm – 8pm – Smash 3DS (Customs off)/PM Singles*
6pm – 9pm – Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
7pm – Smash WiiU Quads Exhibition

Also available for play if community BYO added setups:

Killer Instinct
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
King of Fighters XIIII
Guilty Gear XRD

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.


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.


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