GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: MICK GORDON – KILLER INSTINCT SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER

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We are thrilled to announce our second guest for Battle Arena Melbourne 2014 is something of a rock god for video gamers – Mick Gordon!  Composer for the upcoming many games including Need For Speed, Shootmania Storm, Marvel Super Hero Squad, the upcoming Wolfenstein and of course KILLER INSTINCT

One of the most celebrated features of KI has been the dynamic soundtrack designed by Mick, building on the reputation for the soundtrack since the famous “Killer Cuts” of the first game.

Mick will be appearing at #BAM6 on Saturday 10th May all day for meet and greet, media interviews, and a special 1 hour QandA/Ask Me Anything segment at the end of Killer Instinct pools (approx. 4pm), to show us some behind the scenes insight and sounds.  We’ll see if we can get some game commentary and perhaps even a challenge or two!

Ever wanted to know what goes into the sound design of a game, especially a fighting game?  Now’s your chance. After packing out the panel room at PAX Australia last year, this is a rare opportunity.

Visit Mick Gordon’s official website http://www.mick-gordon.com/

Twitter: @Mick_Gordon

Killer Instinct Soundcloud suite: https://soundcloud.com/mickgordon/killer-instinct-2013-music-1

BIO mg award

Known for his unbridled enthusiasm and tiresome work ethic, Mick has been enjoying the wonderful world of video game sound for most of his adult life with his musical noises attracting companies such as Electronic Arts, THQ, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Sony Entertainment.

An incredibly diverse composer, Mick treats music and sound design the same – “music is just sound design with rules”. It is this direction that gives him the ability to create distinctive textures and memorable themes that not only compliment and enhance the numerous projects that he’s worked on but are also recognized and praised by the people who enjoy them.

Read more at Mick’s official Bio

THE NEW CHALLENGERS: A BAM6 FREE Tournament for new players

THE NEW CHALLENGERSPlay, Learn, Have Fun!  And – Win an Arcade Stick with Custom Artwork!

That’s right, for new players only – we have a special tournament for people to get started in tournament play, just for fun, against fellow new players of a similar level.  This Street Fighter 4 tournament is FREE to enter!

At CouchWarriors one of our big aims in running events is to encourage the fighting game scene to grow, and we want to be as welcoming to new players as possible.

Battle Arena Melbourne is our big annual event, and we want new players, friends of regulars, or spectators, to have the opportunity to get involved in a special tournament just for NEW CHALLENGERS.  In fact, this will be the theme of #BAM6!

We hope players have fun, feel encouraged to play and practice, and come back to compete in events both big and small!

The  Rules: Entry is FREE – but you must be a NEW player.  That means, you have either never entered a major tournament OR, never won a game in a major tournament before.  Entry at discretion of the organisers. An entry cap may be observed.

The Prize: A Razer Atrox Xbox 360 with Special customised art plate (Special art to be revealed)

The task for existing players: Be welcoming! Encourage your friends, or that online sparring partner who has never come down before, to join up and have a good time.

When: Sunday 11th May, the final day of BAM6, at 10am.  Sign up at the Registry desk.

ANNOUNCEMENT: BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 6 IS A SOUTH EAST ASIA MAJORS QUALIFIER

Seeding Points for 5 games, One winner to receive flights and accom to compete in Singapore!

seam2014-logoCouchWarriors and Tough Cookie are pleased to announce that BAM6 on 9th-11th May will be an Official Qualifier for South East Asia Majors (SEAM) in Singapore on 20th-22nd June.

SEAM is the biggest event in the region, attracting top level international players from around the world, and will be a Capcom Pro Tour Premier Tournament.

GRAND PRIZE: The winner of Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition at BAM6 will receive flights to Singapore thanks to BAM, and accommodation in Singapore thanks to SEAM.

Seeding points: The above grand prize winner will also receive seeding points into the SEAM tournament brackets. In addition, while not receiving flights or accommodation, seeding points will be awarded to additional games played at BAM.

The TOP 2 of the following games will also receive Seeding points for SEAM:

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Blaz Blue Chrono Phantasm

So players, practice hard for Battle Arena Melbourne, because your next stop will be Singapore for SEAM!

Register now for Battle Arena Melbourne 6!

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Melbourne BAM qualifier April 5th

Quick Details:

When: April 5th – 1pm-10pm
Where: Abbotsford Masonic Hall
141 Gipps St, Abbotsford, 3067
Cost: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Schedule
2pm – Late – Super Smash Bros Brawl, Melee and Project M
3pm – 6pm – Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
3pm – 6pm – Dead or Alive
4pm – 7pm – Killer Instinct
5pm – 8pm – King of Fighters XIII
5pm – 8pm – Injustice
6pm – 9pm – Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
6pm – 9pm – Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

BAM REGISTRATION
Come down and register in person if you haven’t already registered online.

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER
Since we’re no longer in the Shadowlogic venue, there aren’t going to be a list of Sticks for people to borrow, and while we should have enough equipment to run the tournaments, everyone will appreciate anybody who can bring setups for casuals and DIYs.

HOW TO GET THERE
Park or get off at Collingwood Station…

Walk either down the alley, or down the main street

We hope to see you all there on Saturday and we can’t wait to see who’s in top form leading up to BAM!

Press Release: CouchWarriors and New Game Plus TV announce media and event production partnership

Media Release: CouchWarriors and New Game Plus TV announce media and event production partnership

 Two respected gaming communities working together

 Melbourne, 18th March 2014 – CouchWarriors and New Game Plus are pleased to announce the two long standing community organisations have entered into a media and events partnership. The groups will be working together more closely on upcoming gaming events, including the sixth annual Battle Arena Melbourne, a national major fighting game tournament on May 10-11

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New Game Plus will be producing the live video stream for BAM, creating video previews, interviews, player profiles and coverage of the event. View the NG+ post-event trailer for BAM5 here:

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Announcement: Australian Fighting Game Circuit 2014

The 5 State Majors for the Fighting Game Community in Australia for 2014

 In a nationwide series of tournaments, each of these major events will host the best of Australia’s fighting game talent. Each of the five events will have hundreds of participants and will be live streamed to thousands of viewers in the ever growing gaming spectator audience.

 Players from across the country gather for community, camaraderie, and of course competitive glory. Personal and interstate rivalries are on the line.  Prepare to follow the journey of the players and community from event to event, to see who will become state and national champions.

 With the schedule below, members of the community, whether casual or competitive player, spectator, media or sponsor can see where each major fits in calendar 2014. These are the big ones, and not to be missed.

 Call for Sponsors: Sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available for each event. Plus social, web, local, specialised and cross-event sponsorship.

Media enquiries: Media are also encouraged to cover the events and players.

Contact: Individual event organisers below, or general assistance and queries, at end.

 2014 National Majors Schedule:

Note – Each region also has its own regular casual, ranking, and qualifier events.


  • March 15-16 – Brisbane, Queensland

ButtonSmash 2 www.button-smash.com

  • May 10-11 – Melbourne, Victoria

Battle Arena Melbourne 6 (BAM) www.couchwarriors.org

  • August 29-31 – Melbourne, Victoria

Shadowloo Showdown V www.shadowlogic.com.au

  • October TBC – Sydney, New South Wales

Ozhadou Nationals 13 (OHN) www.ozhadou.net

  • November TBC – Adelaide, South Australia

Southern Cross Championships 2 https://www.facebook.com/SouthAustralianFightingGameCommunity


Additional Information and Contact:

Daniel Chlebowczyk [email protected]

President: CouchWarriors. PR and Marketing: Ozhadou, Buttonsmash.


About The Organisers

Collectively, the Australian Fighting Game community is organised by these groups.

CouchWarriors (BAM): A not for profit community organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the whole fighting game community, managing events, and encouraging new players.  www.couchwarriors.org

 Ozhadou (OHN): A website dedicated to Australia’s fighting game community. Discussion and articles cover a vast range of fighting games, and thus all fighting games fans are welcome.www.ozhadou.net

Shadowlogic (Shadowloo Showdown): Competitive game community, mainly focused on the fighting game genre. Home of Shadowloo Showdown www.shadowlogic.com.au

KeepEtClassy (ButtonSmash): Keep ‘et Classy is a community, an ideology. A place for you to come and play with friends, make new friends and more! www.keepetclassy.com

SAFGC (Southern Cross Championships): Dedicated to growing competitive Fighting Games in South Australia.  https://www.facebook.com/SouthAustralianFightingGameCommunity

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