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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BAM11 Official Tshirts!

Revealing the BAM11 official Tshirts! Grab these when you Register for the tournament, or add to your registration. You can also purchase at the event. www.smash.gg/bam11

This year we have two designs. First, a characterful XI symbol with art by JEL!  See more of her amazing work here https://www.artstation.com/jelart

Plus we have a new concept for FGC lifestyle T’s with the FGC BBQ Tshirt! Nice design by CouchWarriors QLD’s own TKjaBBu

Limited numbers at BAM in White and Black. Let us know if you’re interested in more of this kind of thing in future!

CouchWarriors announce Mortal Kombat 11 as Platinum Sponsor for BAM11

[Press Release]

Most anticipated fighting game of 2019, Mortal Kombat™11, announced as Platinum Sponsor for BAM11, Australia’s major fighting game championships.

Thursday May 18, 2019 – In anticipation of this year’s biggest fighting game release, CouchWarriors today announced MORTAL KOMBAT™ 11 as the presenting partner for BAM11 – Australia’s largest open esports event and fighting game championships.

Leading the many prizes on offer, this major BAM11 Mortal Kombat™ 11 tournament will feature a $2,000 AUD cash prize bonus, while every participant will receive exclusive Mortal Kombat™ 11 merch for entering.

BAM11, or Battle Arena Melbourne 11, presented by Mortal Kombat™ 11, will welcome spectators, new players and pro players alike on May 17-19, 2019 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The show floor will feature a dedicated Mortal Kombat™ 11 space where players will compete for the title of first MK11 national champion.

Register for the BAM 11 Mortal Kombat™ 11 tournament here: www.smash.gg/bam11

 

Entering the Realm: Community Launch tournaments in April

To kickstart the return of the famed series to Earthrealm, Mortal Kombat™ 11 will support four tournaments the week of launch packed with prizes. These events will be the first opportunity after the game releases for players to learn new tricks and show off their skills.

 

Mortal Kombat™ 11 is the latest instalment in the critically-acclaimed franchise, developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, and is scheduled for release beginning April 23 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®4 Pro computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch™ system and PC.

 

Pre-order Mortal Kombat™ 11 to receive the in-game, playable character, Shao Kahn. To learn more about Mortal Kombat 11, visit www.mortalkombat.com or join the community conversation on Facebook (MortalKombat), Instagram (@MortalKombat), Twitter (@MortalKombat), Twitch (NetherRealm), YouTube (Mortal Kombat), Discord (MortalKombat) or Reddit (MortalKombat).

FGC Livestreams – Monthly subs PRIZE Announcement [BAM Path To EVO]

As part of the Aus FGC’s collective effort to raise awareness for the scene through BAM Path To EVO, we’re working together to produce live streams of monthly ranbats and majors.  These are great things to support and now, we have another reason to get behind it.

Prizes for subscribers every month! From digital codes from SAVEMI for video game giveaways with, Animelab subscriptions thanks to Madman, and more to be announced, just being a subscriber each month means you can win.

We’ll also have specials and discounts from our supporters to share with the community for watching and subscribing!

Make sure you are subscribed to one or more of these four channels. EVERY channel gets one of the prizes each month!:

BAM Path to EVO is crowdfunded – please support

Remember, every subscription, and bits spend cheering in channels, helps send ANZ players to the world stage!  So please get behind our players and help us bring them to BAM, and then send them to EVO!

 

Giveaways: It works like this.

Every month we check the subs list and draw lucky winners, 1 of each type of prize for the channel

If you’re already subbed, you’re eligible! As we’re just announcing prizes, we’ll do a special subs drive giveaway week until April 19th and announce on the 20th.

Then there will be a regular round up of prizes for the full month of April!

 

So what are the prizes for being a subscriber?

Special launch Prizes – Subscribe by April 19th.

April Prizes

More to be announced + prizes for May onwards!

 

Discounts all April!

Get 10% off the following games on PC thanks to SAVEMI

Just use the special discount code. SAVEMIBAM11

Keep an eye on the Twitch chatbot and stream hosts for more of this in the future!

BAM11 Tournament List

The Couchwarriors team are excited to announce the full tournament lineup for
Battle Arena Melbourne 11.
The tournament structure is in four tiers – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Retro.

 

All Platinum and Gold have premium stage time, both winners will also get to take home the coveted BAM Trophy.

Silver Tournaments are community run tournaments where the winners are awarded the BAM medal.

Retro Tournaments are community run events run entirely for glory.

Register Here!

 

Platinum+ Tournament

Mortal Kombat 11

Platinum Tournaments (Trophy, Stage Time)
Tekken 7
Street Fighter V
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Super Smash Bros Melee
Dragonball FighterZ

Gold Tournaments (Trophy)
Dead or Alive 6
Guilty Gear Xrd
Soul Calibur VI
Super Smash Bros Project Melee

Silver Tournaments (Medal Prize). 
Million Arthur Arcana Blood
The King of Fighters XIV
Blazblue Central Fiction
Ultra Street Fighter IV
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st]
Super Smash Bros. 64
Pokken Tournament DX
Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Skullgirls
Blazblue Cross Tag Battle
Street Fighter II Turbo (Not Pictured)
Rivals of Aether (Not Pictured)

Retro Tournaments
Akatsuki Blitzkampf
Fate/Unlimited Codes
Hokuto no Ken
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R
Vampire Saviors

CouchWarriors Stream Team

Raising more voices in the Aus FGC on #BAMPathToEVO

As part of BAM Path To EVO, CouchWarriors streams hit the Twitch front page for tournaments. Now, we’re broadening the content on our partnered channels with regular shows during the week from personalities in the scene.

Each week, hang out with players and learn more about weekly practice, strategy, tournament analysis or just chill and play some games.

You’ll be able to catch players on a weekly rotating schedule on a dedicated night for each BAMPathToEVO game. Street Fighter Sundays, Tekken Tuesdays, Smash Ultimate Nightly.

Over the month, there will be an online tournament one week, and a guest host streamer each other week. Just follow and subscribe to CouchWarriors and CouchWarriorsSmash, and check out the streamers own channels too. Plus we have a Team Page to watch.

Here is the starting lineup!

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BAM Path To EVO: How to Qualify for finals

BAM Path to EVO confirms finals format will bring four top players from around ANZ to BAM11. The ultimate winner goes on to EVO World Championships.

Today, we’re announcing the finals format for the live streamed esports circuit, BAM Path To EVO, and how players can represent their region in a fight to become the best in Australia and New Zealand. Competitors in Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate can journey from local heroes to recognition at BAM as the best player in ANZ. Then, each champion will represent the ANZ region at EVO, the world’s biggest fighting game tournament.Click through for full size

 

Earning points at each event in BAM Path To EVO will count towards gaining top spot in each region by end of April. We’ll be bring players across the fighting game community together, from Victoria, NSW, Queensland, and New Zealand.

Just join the events and you’ll be ranked. VIC and QLD events are run by CouchWarriors, NSW events will be run by Ozhadou and NZ by Standing Fierce.

Bonus online tournaments also add to your points.

Each region’s #1 seed will receive flights and an invitation to play off at BAM11, on May 17-19, 2019, at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

 

Points are tallied on the shared leaderboard at www.BAMPathToEVO.com

 

At BAM11, there will be a Qualifying bracket to seed the four regions and a fifth player from a Last Chance Online Qualifier. These 5 will play for position on BAM Friday. Then, the top 3 seeds from this qualifier will go into a 4 player Championship bracket on BAM Sunday. Retaining the prestige of a top placing in the main BAM tournament itself, the highest ranked player from the BAM11 tournament will take top seed, completing the Championship bracket. This special finals will play out to find the best player in ANZ.

 

That player will once again travel to Las Vegas, USA, to participate in the EVO World Championships!

Register for BAM11

Let’s break down how it works. Here’s the infographic, followed by further detail in text below. (Click for larger version)

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CouchWarriors AUSFGC Primer #1: Dragon Ball FighterZ

Ever get so emotional in a match you felt like powering up? Hype is the sign of a great fighting game, and few games can get players on their feet – and screaming – like Dragon Ball FighterZ

2018 was a huge year for the game culminating in the Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga event at CouchWarriors Crossup. Before the World Finals at the end of January, lets take a look at what the game is all about, then learn about the top players, and how to get into the local scene.

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