#BANC – Battle Arena NightClub Interviews & Recap

Sunday, July 11th saw a year of pent-up competitive energy unleashed from a highly unusual venue. Inflation Nightclub and Entertainment Complex has been a party fixture on Melbourne’s King Street for decades, but they’d never seen anything quite like the crowd of 240+ FGC diehards hollering over the noise of the venue to celebrate a knockout blow. 

 

BANC2021 in full swing

With a brief window to take advantage of lowered COVID restrictions but no way to facilitate a full-sized major, an event was planned to carry on the spirit of BAM in the best available venue, and thus we got to enjoy #BANC – Battle Arena Nightclub 2021.

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ASTRO STEPS INTO THE RING AS THE PRESENTING PARTNER OF COUCHWARRIORS LEAGUE AND BAM

Australia’s premier fighting game esports league and its major event, are now powered by ASTRO GAMING

MEDIA RELEASE: ASTRO Gaming today announced it will be pulling on the gloves and supporting the Australian Fighting Game Community as it becomes the presenting partner of CouchWarriors League and BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne) for 2021-22. As the exclusive partner for headsets, CouchWarriors League will be equipped with ASTRO headsets for events, player prizes and commentators to call the action in top fighting game titles including Street Fighter V, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

CouchWarriors League is the premier esports league for fighting game fans in Australia, with live events across the country in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, along with online tournaments broadcast to thousands of monthly viewers. The CouchWarriors series of events has been an anchor for the fighting game community (FGC) for nearly 15 years. It welcomes grassroots play from casual matches to major tournaments.

Australia’s largest major FGC event, BAM, returns in May 2022, presented by ASTRO. BAM has been the home of amazing moments on the FGC world stage, featuring international talent as stops for world tours including Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour.

Most of all, it is a must attend for fighting game fans nationwide both for connecting with the community, and competing in the national championships. Over 1,000 unique competitors joined the fray in 2019.

“We are incredibly excited at ASTRO Gaming as a major supporter of fighting game esports globally, having sponsored major events including EVO World Championships, CEO and Combo Breaker. BAM is the equivalent major event on the Australian calendar having hosted thousands of competitors and world tours. As part of CouchWarriors League, we look forward to being part of the year-round hype and energy of the fighting game scene” Said Daniel Hall, Senior Category Portfolio Manager, Logitech G and ASTRO Gaming Australia.

“The passion and vibrancy of the fighting game scene calls for an equally passionate partner for the CouchWarriors League and we’re thrilled to have ASTRO on board, supporting the players and tournament organisers in the scene. We’re excited for what the partnership will bring to all our events from local live tournaments nationwide, to our regular online tournaments and major events like BAM. The pedigree and dedication to fighting games by ASTRO worldwide is unmatched” Added Daniel Chlebowczyk, Director of Events Engine, the partnership manager for CouchWarriors League.

The next event will be BANC – Battle Arena NightClub in Melbourne on July 11. https://smash.gg/banc 

Catch the live action across the CouchWarriors Twitch Channel and the CouchWarriors Smash Twitch Channel.

Follow the CouchWarriors League ladder and links to event registration at the official website:

Join the battle at CouchWarriorsLeague.com.au

MWAVE and CouchWarriors League Partnership 2021

We are proud to announce Mwave is supporting CouchWarriors League, which incliudes BAM, as PC Retail Partner!
Mwave have long been a fantastic supporter of the scene, providing digital prize vouchers and the latest awesome tech for our online tournaments in 2020.  Building on that tradition, Mwave is officially supporting the league through 2021
To celebrate, MAY IS MWAVE MONTH and we have prizes for May online & offline events across the country.
  • Each online tournament has Mwave vouchers, $100 1st and $50 2nd.
  • 10 Tournaments at Melb, Bris and Adelaide offline Ranbats in May will receive $50 1st and $20 2nd. (Allocation to be announced)
  • Social Media prize draw for everyone to enter (coming soon)
  • Prize Support across BAM tournaments and Door Prizes to be announced soon!

Make sure you show your appreciation by visiting MWave anytime you need PC parts, accessories and tech at www.mwave.com.au

AMD and MWAVE PC LAN at BAM11

Announcing AMD as Major sponsor of CouchWarriors BAM11!
AMD and CouchWarriors have formed a partnership starting with the PC LAN area at BAM11, supported by MWAVE supplying the AMD PC’s and Prizes.


The first of an ongoing partnership with AMD PCs for live streaming & gaming at  CouchWarriors events.

Lets talk about the PC LAN. You can join any of these tournaments on a Spectator Pass and there are prizes thanks to MWAVE!

Play ApexLegends, Quake Champions, Brawlhalla & more with tournament support from our partners at ITZGamingEvents.

How to Join
Spectators can join! Prebook on PC Pass www.smash.gg/bam11
You can also buy a Spectator pass at the door and join in person.

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CWC Sponsors and PRIZES!

Thanks to our sponsors we have a great set of prizes to give away at CouchWarriors Crossup!

Sponsors and Partners

This year’s event supporters are:

Bandai Namco AU | GG EZ BarLG Australia

Madman and Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly

Prizes

Ordered by game, here are the prizes you can win by playing at or in some cases watching on stream, the action at CouchWarriors Crossup!

Each of the 10 Tournaments below will have an Unlucky Lucky winner, if you play and go out 0-2, you could win a Dragon Ball Super Movie Buy One Get One Free Pass!

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Aside from the $5,000 prize pool, 7th Dragon Ball as a trophy and trip to World Finals? Ok – sure, here are some more!Dragon Ball Super - Part 5

1st to 8th: Special Dragon Ball Australia gift package

Top 2 from ANZ will receive a Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly Admit 2 Ticket

  1. Dragon Ball Super Pt 5 Blu-Ray (Madman)
  2. Dragon Ball Z Broly Movie Collection Blu-Ray (Madman)
  3. Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly Admin 2 Pass
  4. Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly Admin 2 Pass

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

  1. LG 24″ HD Gaming Monitor 24MP59G-P

1st to 4th: Warriors Orochi 4 Switch (Koei Tecmo)

 

Tekken 7

1st: Jump Force (Digital Code ready for release, Bandai Namco),

AND Terra Formars S1 Blu-Ray (Madman)

Soul Calibur VI

1st: Jump Force (Digital Code ready for release, Bandai Namco),

AND  Granblue Fantasy V1 Blu-Ray (Madman)

Street Fighter V

1st to 8th: Street Fighter Plushies!

1st to 4th Megaman 11 (PS4, Capcom)

Guilty Gear Xrd

  1. No Game No Life Bluray (Madman)

UNIST

  1. Ghost in the Shell Bluray (Madman)

Blaz Blue CT

  1. Altelier Lydie & Suelle (PS4, Koei Tecmo)Image result for atelier lydie & suelle ps4

Splatoon 2

Winning team (x4) – AnimeLab 3mth Premium Subscription

Dead or Alive 6

Saturday and Sunday 1st-2nd: Altelier Lydie & Suelle (PS4, Koei Tecmo)

 

PLUS MORE PRIZES FOR LUCKY DRAW AND LIVE STREAM INCLUDING ANIMELAB PREMIUM

CouchWarriors and Twitch extend esports partnership with 2018-19 Fighting Game Ranking Season: BAM Path to EVO

CouchWarriors and Twitch extend esports partnership with 2018-19 Fighting Game Ranking Season: BAM Path to EVO

 

  • Inclusive Esports Ranking season and league ladder for events across ANZ every month.
  • Each event live stream will feature on Twitch TV’s front page.
  • Earn points to set ANZ FGC esports players on a path to Australian championships at BAM
  • Top ANZ BAM players awarded flights, accom for EVO World Championships in Las Vegas!

 

 

Thursday, 27th September – CouchWarriors and Twitch TV have announced BAM Path To EVO, a qualifying path for ANZ fighting game esports players across multiple local and upcoming online events.  The series, featured front page of #1 gaming streaming platform Twitch TV, starts as of this month. Points earned will be tallied on a combined league ladder, leading to the national championships at BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne). From there, champions in three games will go on to EVO World Championships in 2019.  

 

This new phase of the esports partnership will support ongoing events across the ANZ fighting game community. Players at monthly CouchWarriors, Ozhadou and Standing Fierce events around the region will be able to earn points to see who is performing best at local tournaments, while event streams feature on the front page of live streaming platform, Twitch.TV  

 

Players in Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros 4 WiiU will each earn points tallied on a shared leaderboard at BAMPathToEVO.com.au, and the top scorers will receive travel and a qualifier opportunity at BAM11 in May, 2019.  The top ANZ player at BAM in each game, will once again travel to Las Vegas, USA, to participate in the EVO World Championships!

 

The first phase of the partnership began in May at Australia’s largest Fighting game major, BAM. Three champions then played for Australia at EVO. Now, the pathway is now open to more players around Australia and New Zealand, starting this month.

 

National Ladder and Community Partners

The centralised ladder has launched on BAMPathToEVO.com.au and will grow in features as event results roll in. For more information on the ranking points system, visit https://www.couchwarriors.org/bam-path-to-evo-with-twitch/

 

The first three states to join the series with their regular events will be in Victoria and Queensland through CouchWarriors, Sydney through Ozhadou, and New Zealand through Standing Fierce.

 

Next events and where to watch

 

Each regional points champion will be provided travel and entry into BAM11!

 

Online tournaments each month

In addition to the local community events, further points are available for participants in one online tournament each month per game.  More details of each tournament and how to sign up will be shared on couchwarriors.org/bam-path-to-evo-with-twitch/  and BAMPathToEVO.com.au very soon.

 

Events for everyone

Players in other fighting games will still earn local ranking points. So if you love playing more than SFV, Tekken and Smash 4, players are always encouraged to build their local scenes by playing all games they would like to learn or compete in.

 

To find out more about each fighting game community in ANZ, visit:

 

CouchWarriors: www.couchwarriors.org

Ozhadou: www.ozhadou.net

Standing Fierce: www.standingfierce.com

 

How to join as a partner event or sponsor the series: [email protected]

 

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About Twitch

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About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors, established 2006, is an expert in gaming tournaments and esports events.  A community run not for profit with over 10 years experience, grown from the vibrant fighting game community.

Hosts of Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest open entry esports tournament event. CouchWarriors offer casual and grassroots events, scaling to tournaments at the national level.  Both beginner to expert players have room with our inclusive approach, from a professionally minded tournament team.

CouchWarriors also offers commercial events services from tournament organisation and administration, live streaming, event management and staffing. CouchWarriors have supported events including Melbourne Esports Open, Madman Anime Festival and PAX Australia.

For more information

www.couchwarriors.org

www.facebook.com/couchwarriors | www.twitter.com/couchwarriors

 

Contact

Press [email protected] | General [email protected]

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

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