Twitch and CouchWarriors Announce ANZ Pathway to EVO World Championships

This past weekend CouchWarriors’ Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM10) reached its 10th Anniversary. ANZ’s largest open entry esports event, held May 18-20 at Melbourne Convention Centre, once again broke records with over 2,000 attendees. It was also the debut of a major partnership with Twitch TV to reward ANZ players and grow the fighting game esports scene.

 

Announced during BAM10, this will provide flights and accommodation for 3 players who reach the highest placement among Australian or New Zealand players at BAM. Also announced is an ongoing tournament points system which will lead to next year’s BAM11, in which players will once again have the opportunity to prove themselves and win a trip to EVO 2019.

More info from this Twitch Video

Having become a major international event with over 30 global pro players attending, the addition of a premium event reward just for ANZ players provides a clear goal for local players to strive for. In this year’s event, the top players from Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros 4 WiiU were chosen.  These players came out on top:

 

  • Naveed “ChandNY” Iqbal  – Tekken 7
  • Xavier “Somniac” Nardella – Street Fighter V
  • Nick “Extra” McKenzie – Super Smash Bros 4 WiiU

 

The biggest tournament event in ANZ fighting game history, BAM10 grew again with over 2,000 attendees and over $40,000 in cash and prizes. The gaming convention and esports event featured global pro tour stops for Tekken World Tour as a Master Event, and Capcom Pro Tour as a Ranking Event. This alongside a huge lineup of national tournaments and convention activities including access to preview games, indiecade, Nintendo Game zone, PC LAN, Artist Alley and Cosplay.

 

Results from BAM10 can be found here

https://smash.gg/tournament/battle-arena-melbourne-10/events

 

Media Kit including event Photography can be found here

http://bit.ly/bam10mediakit

Facebook Gallery Day 3

 

More detailed full results, further photography and video replays from BAM10 will be released in the coming days.

 

Follow CouchWarriors social:

Facebook: CouchWarriors | Twitter: @CouchWarriors / #BAM10

Follow Twitch ANZ social: @TwitchANZ

Nintendo Play Area at BAM10!

Couchwarriors are proud to announce our Nintendo Play Area, thanks to and , We’ll have competitive and casual play for Splatoon 2 and Pokkén Tournament DX, as well as some casual setups!

The Nintendo play area will be impossible to miss with a beautiful booth build themed to the games.  Expect to see more team ups with CouchWarriors, Madman and Nintendo at the upcoming Madman Anime Festival events!

Meanwhile, look forward to the Nintendo Play area. All players welcome – the area is open even with a Spectator Pass!

BAM10 Cash Prize Bonuses Announced!

CouchWarriors and its partners are pleased to announce ALL Platinum and Gold level tournaments will receive a Pot Bonus!
As a Baseline, we are providing:
  • $1,000 cash to every Platinum tournament
  • $250 cash to every Gold tournament
And with sponsor or partner contributions, these can go up, and of course, general tournament entry goes into the prize pool! Remember the Platinum tournaments registration cuts off Sunday May 13th at midnight!
Register now at www.smash.gg/bam10
Here’s the full pot bonus list:

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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

TEKKEN 7 TO SHOWCASE AT BAM 9, MAY 12-14 AT MELBOURNE EXHIBITION CENTRE

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TEKKEN 7 TO SHOWCASE AT BAM 9, MAY 12-14 AT MELBOURNE EXHIBITION CENTRE

Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest fighting game major, and one of the biggest live E-sports in ANZ, returns for its 9th annual event on May 12-14. Now taking on two bays in the Melbourne Convention Centre to offer both a community experience and a major E-sports festival – this year is BIG BAM!

TEKKEN 7, which is due for release on June 2, will be showcased at BAM 9, giving everyone the opportunity to play the game before release.  Bandai Namco Entertainment has come together with Couchwarriors to sponsor the event and is exhibiting 46 TEKKEN 7 setups, including a range of PS4 and PC, to enable as much free play and competition fun as possible across the three day event.

 

New to BAM9 is the option of FREE entry for ‘casual’ players of TEKKEN 7 and entrants to the ‘Newcomers’ competition on Friday evening.  “With TEKKEN 7 releasing in under a month’s time, we are extremely happy to be involved in E-Sports at BAM 9 with Couchwarriors to enable consumers to play TEKKEN 7 free of charge and to experience E-sports as the growing phenomenon it is in Australia”, says Stephen O’Leary, Product Manager and Bandai Namco Entertainment.

 

“The CouchWarriors team is exceptionally happy to have the support of Bandai Namco to help showcase TEKKEN 7 in its final build weeks before release. As part of a huge community effort that will make BAM9 one of the biggest E-sports events of the year, for the whole fighting game scene it is fantastic to see the mighty TEKKEN return in such strong fashion. From local heroes to international Tekken legends SAINT and JDCR who are coming to the event, this will be an epic way to kick off the next era of TEKKEN!” says Daniel Chlebowczyk of the CouchWarriors Organising Committee.

 

On hand during the BAM9 weekend event will be members of the Sydney and Melbourne TEKKEN communities to help newcomers get accustomed with TEKKEN 7’s mechanics and characters, with hands on demonstrations and Tutorials. Samsung and Scorptec Computers have partnered with Bandai Namco Entertainment to showcase TEKKEN 7 in 4K on PC on the latest PC monitors and an incredible 88 inch 4K TV, which really deliver TEKKEN 7’s Unreal 4 graphics with stunning clarity.

 

Bandai Namco Entertainment has provided an extra $2000 prize money for the main Tekken 7 Tournament and all entrants will receive a FREE TEKKEN 7 T shirt. In addition there will be posters, prizes and exclusive TEKKEN 7 items being given away during the course of the weekend.

 

With Five stages of major and side tournaments across many gaming communities, alongside Cosplay, Artists, and Vendor booths, BAM9 has something for every gaming fan.

 

What: Battle Arena Melbourne 9 #BAM9

When: Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, (Bay 1&2)

 

More Info: www.CouchWarriors.org. Follow updates on the Facebook Event

Trailer: BAM9 Trailer

 

Tekken 7 : New Challengers Tournament @ BAM9!

A NEW CHALLENGER APPROACHES!!

Introducing the Tekken 7 : New Challengers Tournament

The perfect opportunity for new players to experience and explore one of the greatest upcoming fighting game experiences.

Classic 1 vs 1 battles return along with new moves and battle mechanics like Rage Arts, Rage Drives and Power Crushes that make gameplay more accessible for players of all skill levels.

The new challengers tournament will be free to enter and there are plenty of prizes to be won.

Love, Revenge, Pride. Each one of us has a reason to fight.
There are no wrong motives, just the paths we choose to take.

When :
Tournament – Friday 12th of May – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Casuals – All Weekend

Cost : 
Entry to the Tekken Area and Tournament Entry for New Challengers is complimentary

 

Thanks to Bandai Namco for supporting BAM9!

 

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Capcom Pro Tour 2017 Revealed: BAM9 is a Global Premier Event

Capcom has revealed details about the 2017 Capcom Pro Tour structure, confirming Battle Arena Melbourne 9 as a Global Premier Event!

UPDATE: The international champions are coming! Already confirmed are Daigo, Inflitration and Xian.

Unlike last year, winners of Premier events are not guaranteed entry into the year-ending Capcom Cup, but are awarded a large amount of points towards their place on the CPT Global Leaderboards – 400 points, in fact: as many as getting to the Top 4 at Evolution!

BAM is the one of the largest annual fighting game tournaments in the southern hemisphere, and BAM9 will be our biggest year yet. Be sure to book your ticket now!

More information about #CPT2017:
http://capcomprotour.com/capcom-pro-tour-2017-details/

Book now for #BAM9:
http://couchwarriors.org/wp/bam9/

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Battle Arena Melbourne 8 This Weekend – Feature roundup!

CouchWarriors proudly presents Battle Arena Melbourne 8, Australia’s largest fighting game tournament

When: May 13-15, 2016

Where: CQ Functions, 123 Queen St Melbourne.

 

BAM8 returns this weekend for an exciting weekend of top level tournament play and celebration of the fighting game community. The annual Major celebrates the Australian fighting game scene. The Melbourne community is proud to host a national platform for players across the country to come together and compete.

 

With international attention from global leagues Capcom Pro Tour, Dead or Alive Battle Royal, or to compete with our massive Smash Bros community, BAM8 will be one of Australia’s biggest gaming events – not just in fighting games but in all LAN or esports events.

 

After a record breaking 2015, where BAM7 saw 628 attendees play and spectate some incredible moments (BAM7 Results, Photos and Replays), BAM8 is on track to handily surpass it.  At the close of early registration, BAM8 has 574 registered players, which will increase with on day signups and spectators.

(Note: Smash competitor signup is closed. Street Fighter V signups close Friday.)

 

International players are also attending, from 8 top Smash 4 players, and two Street Fighter World Champions, RZR.Xian and EG.Momochi, participating in our Street Fighter V Capcom Pro Tour event.

 

View the Event Trailer (YouTube) Event Trailer (Facebook)

 

Web: http://couchwarriors.org/

Twitter / Facebook #BAM8

 

Summary of the key event features:

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