Community Contribution Award: Jason O’Callaghan

It is with great pleasure to present this years community award to our colleague and long time friend, Jason O’Callaghan, for his hard work & contributions for the CouchWarriors Committee. It’s thanks to him and the team at New Game Plus, we have been able to run our events and tackle new opportunities. 

From the team and people at CouchWarriors, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, we couldn’t do it without you.

CouchWarriors at Oz Comic-Con 2019

 

Appearing again for the 5th year in a row, CouchWarriors will be bringing your favourite fighting games  tournaments to both days of Oz Comic-Con 2019.

Taking over Oz Comic-Con’s “Gaming Zone” for another year, we will be running tournaments for community favourite games such as Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Street Fighter V, DOA6 and Tekken 7 as well as casual set ups, learn to play sessions and more.

As usual, our convention tournaments are a more casual environment that the usual CouchWarriors events, so if you or someone you know wants to get into the tournament scene or try out a new game there is no better time to give it a shot!!!

For more information about CouchWarriors at OCC2019, as well as the rest of what OCC2019 has to offer, please check out the schedule Here

 

 

 

BAM11 launches today, breaks ground for ANZ esports with over 1,000 pre-reg! Full Feature lineup.

Australian fighting game championships BAM11 launches today, breaks ground for ANZ esports with over 1,000 competitors pre-registered

Australia’s largest open esports event, breaks a major attendance milestone and offers $50,000+ Prize Pool at its 11th Annual event.  Full gaming festival schedule announced.

 

Melbourne, Friday May 17, 2019 – CouchWarriors announced today that Australia’s national championship for fighting games, part of global esports circuits, has confirmed over 1,000 players are already preregistered to compete, a 15% increase year on year. BAM11 is on track to beat last year’s 2,000 total attendance. Record breaking numbers have signed up for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Tekken, Mortal Kombat and more. Across all events, there is over $50,000 in cash and prize value to be won. Also a gaming festival with cosplay, artist alley, indie developers and a PC LAN, the full schedule of features for players and spectators has been announced.

 

BAM11, presented by Mortal Kombat 11, returns to Melbourne Convention Centre starting today Friday, 17th May and running to Sunday 19th May.

 

 

  • Some tournaments are still open including for spectators.
  • All major tournaments will be streamed live on Twitch.TV. Full schedule
  • Watch the Event Trailer:

 

BAM11 attracts international pro players to Australia, while simultaneously launching local players on the global scene. Three ANZ based players will win trips to EVO World Championships in Las Vegas.

 

BAM11 is the Australian stop for global circuits for Tekken 7 as a Master event in the Tekken World Tour, and Street Fighter V as a Ranking Event on the Capcom Pro Tour.

Among the 42 events at BAM11, this is first mega event for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and the first major for Mortal Kombat 11, the event presenting partner.

 

An unmissable event in the gaming community, especially for fighting game fans. As an open entry event, every player has the chance to play world champions, and become a national champion. The record breaking numbers continue in individual tournaments.

 

  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate – 340 entrants. The biggest fighting game tournament in ANZ history
  • Tekken 7 – 257 entrants. The biggest Tekken event in ANZ history, returning for the second time as a Master event on the Tekken World Tour
  • Mortal Kombat 11 – 122 entrants, Mortal Kombat’s biggest ever ANZ tournament
  • Street Fighter V – 120 entrants, 6th year on the Capcom Pro Tour.
  • Super Smash Bros Melee – 140 entrants. The grand tradition continues

 

Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V have multiple world famous international players arriving on our shores including JDCR (South Korea), Xian (Singapore), Gamerbee (Taiwan), Kbrad (USA) and Bonchan (Japan)

Activity for Spectators, Gaming and Pop Culture fans

https://www.couchwarriors.org/bam11-spectator-activity/

Alongside these marquee tournaments there are hundreds of players across 42 events.  It’s not only fighting games, as BAM11 plays host to great features that Spectators can enjoy

 

 

Competitor passes for five “Platinum” level titles are closed but Gold and Silver level tournaments are still open, and Spectator tickets are available all weekend for only $20 including at the door.

BAM Path To EVO – launching ANZ players on the world stage

www.bampathtoevo.com.au

BAM11 will also determine which 3 ANZ players will be declared best in region for Tekken, Street Fighter and Smash Bros, winning a trip to the EVO World Championships in Las Vegas in the finals of the BAM Path To EVO series.

Qualifier info https://www.couchwarriors.org/bam-path-to-evo-how-to-qualify/

 

Schedule and Where to Watch

https://www.couchwarriors.org/schedule/

All these tournaments will be live streamed on Twitch.TV channels

 

More information

 

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. To learn more about CouchWarriors, visit www.couchwarriors.org, www.facebook.com/couchwarriors, or www.twitter.com/couchwarriors

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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Plenty of stuff to do at BAM11 with a Spectator’s pass!

This year’s BAM11 is bigger than ever and there is even more to do!
If you only enter the event with a Spectator pass! It’s only $20 for the whole weekend available online or at the door. While only those with a Competitor Passes can play in our hosted tournaments and casual areas, we still have you covered for the full three days.

?? – See our incredible tournaments first hand as our competitors go head to head in the pools and on the stage.

?- Visit the amazing talent visiting the Artist Alley.

? – Play some of the amazing games in the Indiecade.

? – Watch the incredible Cosplay Competition.

5. Interact with our booth vendors.

6. Play at the AMD & MWAVE PC LAN, ran by ITZ Gaming with plenty of tournaments to enter!

The BAM 11 Afterparty is Back!


CouchWarriors is excited to announce that the official BAM11 Afterparty will again be held at the General Assembly at South Wharf!

A gorgeous and large bar/restaurant with outdoor and indoor spaces located right next to MCEC. The afterparty will start on May 19 at 7 PM so you can walk out of MCEC immediately after BAM11 finals day ends and straight into the after party venue! We will have drinks till late together with multiple setups there for runbacks and team matches. Relax over dinner and discuss your BAM weekend, play ping pong, and enjoy good company and drinks by the Melbourne city skyline.

Keep track on the Facebook event 

Read on for menu and info! Venue info – http://www.thegeneralassembly.com.au/about/ Menu – http://www.thegeneralassembly.com.au/food-and-drink/

(Note: Beer sizes are slightly deceiving as the smallest size is larger than a standard pot and the middle size is large than a standard schooner.)

Hope to see you guys there!

The BAM11 Indiecade!

The BAM11 Indiecade is back for it’s second year in a row! Come check out some of these indie titles and chat to the developers first hand about your experience!

 

GOATi Entertainment

Featuring their game “22 Racing Series”, GOATi entertainment joins us for BAM11. Described as “Wipeout, meets Gran Turismo, meets Starcraft, meets Monopoly” 22 Racing Series is a high speed physics based strategy racer like you’ve never played before! Come by their booth throughout the weekend to give them game a shot and be greeted by certainly the most unique racer you will play this year.

http://www.goatientertainment.com/

Boss Battle Records

Creating music for several fantastic games such as Orwell, This is the Police and most recently Wargroove, Boss Battle Records is coming games in hand to BAM11 for a fantastic weekend of tunes and games. Showcasing one the latest games from developer Chucklefish (makers of fantastic indies such as Stardew Valley, Starbound and Timespinners) Wargroove promises tactical co-op battles for up to 4 players, robust customisation tools, and of course, top tier music. Make sure to take a breather from your intense tournament matches and come check out Boss Battle Records’ booth at BAM11.

https://bossbattlerecords.com/

The BAM11 Artist Alley!

Battle Arena Melbourne 11 is fast approaching for it’s eleventh year in a row and we are excited to announce this years guests attending our artist alley!

Chamba

Jeffery “CHAMBA” Cruz is a renowned artist known for his work at UDON’s Street Fighter Comic series. Always a friend to the community (even doing some offical work for BAM in previous years, including the fantastic shirts for BAM9 in 2017) Chamba is back again for another year to sell and show off his fantastic, unique and stylish fighting game inspired art that is sure to bring a lot of personal flare to any player who wants to show off their FGC passion.
theCHAMBA.com

 

Danyon Street

Danyon Street is a full time Freelance artist that has worked for a number of small film companies,game development groups, self published authors and startups.

Danyon also travels the country selling his art as printed posters that range from fan art to personal work. During conventions he also takes traditional ink commissions in addition to bookings for future work, from fan art pieces to a client’s personal visions.
www.artstation.com/baronomega

 

Guzzardi Art

Shenae and Mel Guzzardi, identical twins from Melbourne, Australia. They will be selling prints of their artwork based on video games, anime, film and pop culture, as well as offering commissions for custom art pieces.
guzzardiart.weebly.com

 

Spintintin

Spin is an avid Nintendo fan, so the staple franchises you can expect to see at his table include such great Nintendo staples as Splatoon, Smash Bros. and Pokemon. Spin will be selling A4 and A5 prints, badges and stickers! As a personal message Spin says “I’m excited to meet you all – it’s going to be a fantastic weekend. See you there!”
spintintin.artstation.com/

 

Ranescu

Featuring charms and badges of fan favorites, curated by the local Fighting Game Community. Commissions also available on-site.
irenescu.wixsite.com/home

 

Edyucation

Edyucation creates art that blends character illustration and graphic design together into unique art pieces. As a novice Smash Bros. player for 5 years Ed is ready to give back to the community by sharing and selling their art at BAM11.
Edyucation will be featuring Smash Bros. related art as well as some additional game fanart at this year’s BAM so come take a look and add some great art to your personal collection.

 

Know Your Scene: TEKKEN – an AUSFGC Primer

TEKKEN

Fluid, exciting, technical and beautiful, the Tekken franchise has been among the strongest in the FGC since Tekken 2 & 3 set the benchmark for 3D fighters back on the Playstation. Australian players have a proud history stretching back nearly as far, and with Tekken 7 the size and strength of the scene is at its peak. A wide range of strong locals offer a great starting point for anyone who wants to prove themselves in the King of Iron Fist Tournament!

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