Battle Arena Melbourne 8 stomps into the history books as the biggest fighting game event ever in Australia, breaking the record set last year with 815 attendees and hitting a peak of 14,000 concurrent viewers during the Street Fighter V finals, this was the most viewed livestream Aus FGC event ever.
Thanks to all the CouchWarriors staff, event partners, and especially players from across multiple fighting game communities that once again made this a special event.
Expressive: SANick does not hide his emotions when he plays melee. Photograph ZG/CouchWarriors
IN the shadows of BAM7, with curtains closed on the international saga, Australia’s melee super major ushered in a new storyline this year as the local crowd took centre stage.
There were no ‘gods’ in play, no MIOM top 20 stars, just Australia and New Zealand’s best battling it out for the coveted boxing glove trophy.
In eventual champion Nick ‘SANick’ Siemelink’s mind the script had already been written, all he had to do was follow it.
Forced to ad-lib through the loser’s bracket, following a shock loss to ACT Ice Climber main Wibbles, SANick ultimately arrived at the final act he’d anticipated – a clash of light versus dark – good against evil.
There was nothing coincidental about the South Australian champion’s choice of white when he sat down to Marth ditto Te-Tuhi ‘SIN | Spud’ Kelly in grand finals of BAM8.
As far as he was concerned it was a pre-ordained finale to a story arc harking back two years to when his melee journey began.
“I like my little story arcs in my life. It just felt like it was meant to be I should play the white Marth,” SANick said.
“I spent a lot of time on green and blue Marth and I actually quite like black Marth but I thought at the end of the day there’s going to be a good versus evil battle (against Spud’s black Marth) for the heart of Australia.”
There was never any doubt in his mind as to who the hero of this story was.
Thanks everyone for coming to the February Ranking Battle. It was a great event, we had 307 attendees, and huge tournaments for Smash 4 with 160 attendees and a fantastic first tournament to launch Street Fighter V with 85 attendees. Here are the results
Carnage (Hakan Dorter) recently ran a farewell SFIV tournament at the CCH venue in Melbourne, and it was a successfull round robin style 32-man tournament with many old faces and hidden dragons returning, such as Jeff “Renzuo” Budiman, Sol, Penh, Rayray, Exis, Bosslogic, Geese, Andy, MiceElf and even Robsux from Sydney came down! It was streamed by Burnout at http://www.twitch.tv/burnoutfighter
And you can check out a YouTube playlist here:
With our first chance to play SFV at CouchWarriors Ranbat for August last weekend, many in the community had their first hands on with the game. Here are a couple of the photos from our Facebook page on the day. Read on for impressions and video!
Getting the chance to play on on one with live opponents in the gamescom build of the game was a great chance for community to get a feel for the upcoming game. The reactions have been generally very positive, and players are looking forward to the game.
CouchWarriors member and avid youtuber, Kevin “Burnout” Kim did a great job at pulling together some analysis of changes between the online beta version, which received coverage on Shoryuken.com
Check out the videos below and look for more community impressions and video from the event soon!