Melbourne Esports Open returns with the CouchWarriors Fighting Game Stage

We’re returning to Melbourne Esports Open to bring fighting games to #MEO2019! Catch all the action on the CouchWarriors Fighting Game Stage as part of this major esports festival! MEO is coming up on August 31 to September 1

Five fighting games. $1,000 Base Prize Pool Each.

Compete in Street Fighter V,  Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Super Smash Bros Melee. Melee has an extra $500 thanks to Melbourne Melee, and Dragon Ball has something extra special!

Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour

We’re bringing DBFZ World Tour to the MEO arena! Take part in this Tenkaichi event, claim a share in an added $1,000 cash prize pool and earn points on the world leaderboard. More info on DBFZ World Tour: https://dbfzworldtour.com/

Here’s how you can get involved

With your tickets for event entry, registration for the fighting games are free. Each game is double elimination, entry is open to all comers and skill levels. Compete to show you’re the best, or improve your skills!

SCHEDULE FOR FIGHTING GAMES AT MEO

Saturday

Tekken, Street Fighter V and Dragon Ball FighterZ

Doors Open for registration:Check in at the MEO registration desk between 9am and 10am on the day to confirm your spot in the bracket.

All tournaments will start at 11am. All games are double elimination.

Street Fighter V

Top 8: 2pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

Tekken 7 

Top 8: 3:30pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Two day event. Finalists provided passes for Sunday)

Event Start: Pools 12pm, Semifinals 4pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz

Sunday

Smash 4 and Smash Melee, DBFZ finals

Doors Open for registration:Check in at the MEO registration desk between 9am and 10am on the day to confirm your spot in the bracket.

All tournaments will start at 11am. All games are double elimination.

Finals:

Smash 4 Top 8: 2:00pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash

Smash Melee Top 8: 2:30pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Two day event. Finalists provided passes for Sunday)

Event Start: Top 8: 12pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz

CouchWarriors QLD is running an egg-citing new major, Sunny Side Up!

Brisbane has been lacking a major FGC national event for some time now and thanks to the Couchwarriors team in Brisbane we will finally have a national series grace the sunshine state once again!

Sunny Side Up will be the 2nd fighting game major that Couchwarriors has run this year with BAM11 having being the largest open entry esports event in Australia once again breaking its own record and Couchwarriors Crossup being planned for a sequel later on in the year.

Sunny Side Up is being held at the University of Queensland on the 10th and 11th of August with Australia’s best players gearing up to make the journey to Brisbane, it is expected to be a thrilling weekend of pure FGC action.

Sunny Side Up will earn double points in the second installment of the BAM Path to EVO series! This series finale of the first iteration of the Path to EVO series saw three players win trips to compete at Evolution 2019 in Las Vegas! Information on the BAM Path to EVO series can be found at http://www.bampathtoevo.com.

 

 

Schedule: To be announced

Dates: Saturday, August 10th – Sunday, August 11th 2019

Location: University of Queensland Union Building, St Lucia, 4067, QLD

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/568499486977928/

Registration Details: https://smash.gg/SunnySideUp

 

Entry Fee:

$40 Soft-boiled Egg Registration (Ends Sunday 30th of June Midnight)

$60 Hard-boiled Egg Registration (Ends Thursday 9th of August Midnight).

$70 on day registration (Gold and Silver tournaments, cut off 1hr before tournament start)

Registration for all Platinum level tournaments and Smash titles ends July 31st!

 

Tournament Entry Fees:

$10 per Platinum and Gold tournament

$5 per Silver and DIY tournament

 

Spectator:

$10 Weekend (can convert to Venue entry)

 

IMPORTANT:

If you don’t have a pass, then you will not be allowed onto the venue

Please ensure you have your pass visible at all times.

 

Picking up your Ticket/Pass:

You will need to show a valid form of ID (PayPal Receipt / Smash.GG Account / License) when speaking with the TO’s to pick up your pass.

Speak to our TO’s at the Registration Desk to pick up your passes. Once you have your pass, you will be free to play casuals or when scheduled, play your tournament matches.

 

The Games

Platinum Games:

Super Smash Bros: Melee Singles

Super Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate Singles

Tekken 7

 

Gold Games:

Super Smash Bros: Project Melee

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate Doubles

Super Smash Bros: Melee Doubles

Mortal Kombat 11

Dragonball FighterZ

 

Silver Games:

Project M

Soul Calibur 6

UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st]

Guilty Gear Xrd REV2

BlazBlue: Central Fiction

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

 

MORE SILVER AND DIY GAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

 

Make sure to make your way up to the Sunny Side for Sunny Side Up this August!

BAM Path To EVO Season 2! Ranking League updates with MK11, Double Points Majors and More.

After a successful Season 1, finding champion ANZ players to send to EVO, the world’s biggest tournament, CouchWarriors have announced the BAM Path to EVO Season 2

This special Ranking Series ties across the community monthly RanBat tournaments across Australia and New Zealand, and in regular online events. Gathering these points lets us find the top players across the region, award prize, and provide a free trip to CouchWarriors Crossup at end of year.

Every month as events conclude you can follow the player rankings on a central points ladder. The ladder can be found at BamPathtoEvo.com.au

Each event is live streamed and featured in Twitch.TV front page promotion in ANZ.

Now, as BAM11 has wrapped, we’re resetting the points, adding a NEW game in MK11, and kicking off a new season!

Season 2 Changes

BAM Path To EVO Season 2 will use the same points system, with a twist for upcoming majors, and provide players a set of goals for the second half of 2019.  This Season will lead into our end of year finals event, CouchWarriors Crossup (CWC).

CWC in turn will be the curtain raiser for the next phase, leading to BAM and EVO in 2020.

In a nutshell:

  • Season Dates – June to November, 2019
  • Games:
    • Mortal Kombat 11 (NEW)
    • Street Fighter V
    • Tekken 7
    • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Double Points at Majors – BPTE Points will apply to the following interstate Majors with DOUBLE points. Support your regional major!
    • Sunny Side Up (Brisbane, August 10-11) Register Now
    • Ozhadou Nationals (Sydney, September 23-24)
    • Southern Crossup (Auckland NZ, October 5-6)
  • Top points per Region get travel & entry to CouchWarriors Crossup
    • We’ll reimburse your flight if coming interstate and provide free venue
  • Prizes!
    • Tournament prizes and Subscriber rewards are to be announced.
  • Channels To Follow Subscribe – Sub to any below to CrowdFund more ANZ Player Travel!

Read on for upcoming events and details on the points system

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BAM11 – Results

Another huge weekend has marked the 11th annual Battle Arena Melbourne! BAM11 saw Australia’s biggest fighting game event step into its second decade, and third year at the Melbourne Convention Centre.  The CouchWarriors team, a group of community volunteer organisers is incredibly proud of the event blown away by the response of the community.

Among other achievements, BAM11 had 1,020 unique fighting game competitors! Add to that nearly 500 spectators, PC LAN and Splatoon 2 competitors, and our total attendance by footfall was 4,412! This is by far the biggest open entry esports competition in Australia and New Zealand. Thank you all for another record breaking year!

Of course, the real story of BAM11 every year is the incredible feats in each tournament. With 42 events over 3 days, there were multiple national championships and hundreds of stories of small rivalries to legendary finals including many with international superstars.

We saw the first Mortal Kombat 11 major, the biggest tournament ever for Smash Ultimate and global points on the line in Tekken World Tour and Capcom Pro Tour. In fact, tournament attendances rose across the board. All this, and we crowned ANZ champions in the BAM PATH TO EVO finals for SFV, Tekken and Smash Ultimate, meaning three players are going to EVO World Championships with flight and accom expenses paid.

Hit up the Twitch replays for each game by following the guide in this post

Photos:

Videos:

TWT Recap video

CPT Recap video

Read on for more results and info! (Full results at bottom of post)

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CouchWarriors Crossup – Results, Photos

Over 500 attendees participated in the inaugural CouchWarriors Crossup esports event, combining our traditional end of year community ranking battle across a wide range of fighting games, and special events. For the first time, we were pleased to host a Saga event for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour with international pro talent, and a surge of new players for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, alongside free events for Splatoon 2 and preview of Dead or Alive 6.

Results

Dragon Ball FighterZ (78 entrants): Japanese Champion Kazunoko takes his 4th Saga event title. Top Australian results – Falco (Adelaide) 9th, Baxter (Brisbane) 13th, Dailo (Sydney) 13th, and MajinBeng (Melbourne) 13th.

The final match was a heartbreaker for 2nd place Tachikawa (JP) who came so close, and the anguish of the loss is evident in the series of shots shown here.

 

Super Smash Bros Ultimate (154 entrants): Long running Smash 4 champion DS Extra has on of the closest grand finals he’s faced, with Melbourne regular Ignis making his first grand final and pushing hard with a bracket reset and just going down 3-2.

Full results as reported internationally on Shoryuken and detailed on our Smash.gg listing

Video Recap

Photography

Facebook gallery Saturday 15th December

Facebook gallery Sunday 16th December

High quality archive

Event Live Stream Archives

www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz – Dragon Ball FighterZ

www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors – Street Fighter V, Tekken 7

www.twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash – Super Smash Bros Ultimate

www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee – Super Smash Bros Melee

www.twitch.tv/oceaninksquids – Splatoon 2

Topline stats

 

Attendees 557
Unique Competitors 349
Spectators 208
International players 18
Social and video reach 1,933,897
Max Concurrent views 13,963
Hours Watched 77,104
Media reach 50,064,000 (50 million)

Media Highlights

Red Bull Esports

Kotaku

Dot Esports

PowerUp Gaming

The AU Review

Slasher (Twitter)

Shoryuken / Two

Shacknews

Event Hubs / Two / Three

Thank you to our event partners:

Bandai Namco AU | GG EZ Bar | LG Australia

Madman and Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly

Thanks everyone for coming!

 

BAM11 – Battle Arena Melbourne 11 2019 Announcement

CouchWarriors presents: Battle Arena Melbourne 11 – #BAM11
May 17-19, 2019

Australia’s major fighting game event brings together players across the nation for fun and competition. It’s the largest open entry esports event in the region and an international destination.

The final stage of BAM PATH TO EVO, sending the top ANZ players in three games to EVO World Championships
http://www.bampathtoevo.com

REGISTRATION: SMASH.GG/BAM11

WHERE:
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
Bays 1-2 (Opposite Crown Casino)

More info to come! Join the Facebook event for updates.

Play it early: DEAD OR ALIVE 6 at CWC this Weekend

Thanks to Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja, at CouchWarriors Crossup this weekend, you will be able to play the latest preview build of Dead or Alive 6 direct from Japan’s Dead or Alive Festival. This version of the game is close to finished and has not been shown outside of Japan. More characters are available for play, including Bass, Tina and Mila. Team Muscle!

As the game evolves it’s looking better and better.

Due for release on February 15, 2019, Dead or Alive 6 will be available for casual play and there will be two fun tournaments, 2pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday 

Full schedule here. The DOA events will be streamed on twitch.tv/newgameplustv

All you need to join in is a venue Spectator pass and all Dead or Alive 6 events are FREE to enter.

Register here: www.smash.gg/cwc2018

Try the exciting new fighter before its release, and there will even be prizes! Thanks to Koei Tecmo, the JRPG Atelier Lydie and Suelle will be given away during the tournament. A range of Koei Tecmo titles will also be given away across other games, including Warriors Orochi for Switch, sharing the love with the Smash Bros Ultimate tournament, along with some door prizes too.

Image result for atelier lydie & suelle ps4 Image result for warriors orochi switch

 

COUCHWARRIORS HOSTING FIGHTING GAMES AT PAXAUS! OCT 26-28

Another year at PAXAus for another year of fighting games! We have some exciting stuff in store this year, with early access to the Tokyo Game Show demo of Dead or Alive 6 thanks to the folks at Koei Tecmo Games.

Also a first for us this PAXAus, we’ll be hosting a panel on Saturday to showcase the Console Tournament finals for Dragonball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros 4! Plus, a DOA6 exhibition and some cool surprises and announcements!

Now you can marvel in the comfort of a theatre while the best players at PAX go at it live on stage. Read below for more details.

 

Panels:

CouchWarriors Fighting Game Community Tournament Finals

Featuring the Saturday finals for Smash Bros 4 and DragonBall FighterZ live on stage with commentary! 6:30pm Saturday, Fruitbat Theatre

http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/couchwarriors-fighting-game-community-tournament-finals

 

Console Tournament Area:

CouchWarriors have been called upon once again to host the fighting game section of the Console Tournament area at PaxAus, running through all three days and hosting a wide variety of games to suit any gamer, new or old.

As usual, between tournament sets we are open for learn to play sessions and casual matches. So feel free to take a break between all those panels, cosplaying and indie games to come join in for some competitive fun!

Winners for each tournament will receive a limited edition PAXAus medal!

Direct link to our schedule with tournament rules can be found here.

Games Available:

October RanBat – SoulCalibur VI Launch Event

CouchWarriors has some good things in-store for all of our SoulCalibur fans attending this month’s RanBat! To celebrate the launch of SoulCalibur VI we’ll be giving away a whole assortment of goodies, with door prizes being given away at random and a chance to walk away with full collector packs, with one going to this month’s SCVI champion.

All of this is up for grabs:Winners and door prize:

  • Collector Edition ‘Sophitia’ Figurine

General giveaways to everyone while stocks last!

  • T-Shirts
  • SoulCalibur Playing Cards
  • Metal Plates
  • Free copies of the game for the PlayStation 4!

You can sign up now at https://smash.gg/CWRanbatOCT2018. This month’s RanBat is being held at a new location for CouchWarriors, with Bayview by the Park being host to the big launch event. With all of our monthly events under one roof, be sure to check out the updated schedule before Saturday. You can find more details on the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1705796982846057/.

Doors will open at 10am this Saturday (the 20th of October). Hope to see you all there!

You can find more details about SoulCalibur VI ahead of this week’s release at https://en.bandainamcoent.eu/soulcalibur/soulcalibur-vi.

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