CouchWarriors Expands into Brisbane and Gold Coast

CouchWarriors Esports Organisation Expands into Brisbane and Gold Coast

Leading esports event organisation brings Queensland fighting game organisers into brand, supporting growth of the Australian community.

 

Tuesday September 4, 2018 – CouchWarriors today announced it will be working with the Brisbane and Gold Coast fighting game communities to support growth of events for the Queensland scene.  Monthly ranking events begin this month, and the combined team will launch a new major esports event in 2019.

Primarily Melbourne based, CouchWarriors host a successful monthly ranking event series, events management services at gaming conventions, and Australia’s largest fighting game (FGC) event with the globally recognised Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM – See Infographic).

After a request from QLD based TeamSolid and Checkpoint Esports, with regular venue support from QUT, CouchWarriors brings its expertise, name and resources to join forces and integrate with existing organisers in Queensland. The former TeamSolid will now run events as CouchWarriors QLD.

The aim of joining these communities is to strengthen the events offered in Brisbane and Gold Coast, and for the fighting game scene Australia wide.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with CW during BAM in the past few years, and I am happy to announce that Queensland is finally back on the map with this team up.” said Brisbane based Tom Ho of TeamSolid.

Starting September 29 at QUT, CouchWarriors QLD Ranking Battles will occur monthly. The events will join CouchWarriors Melbourne and Ozhadou’s Sydney YSB events as state destinations for players to gather, practice, and compete.

The events will also be part of the upcoming, Twitch powered BAM Path to EVO series. At each of these events every month, players in Street Fighter V, Tekken and Super Smash Bros 4 will earn points leading to an international qualifier at BAM 2019.

Ellis Johnson, QLD Smash Bros event organiser, added “Together with Couchwarriors, QLD really has an opportunity to improve and showcase their talent on the national stage. I’m really excited to be a part of and see the quality events that are going to result from CouchWarriors’ inclusion in our Sunshine state.”

Players in every fighting game at QLD Ranking Battles will also earn local ranking points. As with all CouchWarriors and FGC monthly events, all players are encouraged to build their local scenes by playing in any games they would like to learn or compete in.

Finally, the combined organisation will work together on BAM, and develop a new Queensland based FGC major to take place in 2019, filling a vacant spot in the Australian fighting game calendar.  More details on the new event will be announced later this year.

Ongoing events will partner with venues at QUT Esports in Brisbane, and Checkpoint Esports Bar in the Gold Coast.  Bar owner Luke Mengler, in support of the QLD fighting game scene, stated:

“Checkpoint is excited to partner with CouchWarriors to help expand the Queensland grass roots scene into professionally run tournaments and help the community grow and provide better prizes and competitions that has never been provided before in Queensland.

We are also excited to help bring back a FGC major event to showcase the local talent against our interstate and international rivals.”

About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors, established 2016, 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.

For more information

www.couchwarriors.org

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

 

Contact

Press [email protected] | General [email protected]

Melbourne Esports Open 2018 Results

With the help of Melbourne Esports Open we were able to bring some of our fiercest fighting game competition to #MEO2018! With the weekend over and our players from five separate events still celebrating their wins, we give you the top 3 for each event.

View the full brackets on Smash GG for each of our events here.

Link through to the announcement post for stream archive links

Tekken 7

  1. Daniel
  2. Kanga | Chand NY
  3. Rame

Street Fighter V

  1. ORDER | ROF
  2. VS.DS | ZG
  3. ORDER | Travis Styles

Dragon Ball FighterZ

  1. Zed
  2. VS.DS | Baxter
  3. Agent17805

Smash 4

  1. Saber
  2. Justice | Joe
  3. Kanga | Jdizzle

Melee

  1. VS.DS | Spud
  2. ORDER | Sora
  3. LGC | DonB

Congratulations to all of our top 3 placing players!

You can find information about Melbourne Esports Open at their website: https://www.melbourneesportsopen.com.au/

CouchWarriors Annual General Meeting 2018

Date: 14th of October.
Time: 1PM-5PM
Venue: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Activity Room 1, 251 Faraday Street Carlton VIC 3053.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1786899318073600//events/1786899318073600/

It’s time for the CouchWarriors Annual General Meeting!
Another successful year behind us, we have a lot to talk about and a lot to be excited for.

CouchWarriors Mission Statement:
CouchWarriors is a non-for-profit association that was created in 2006 to help grow the Melbourne Fighting Game Community. We aim to do this by providing services and events for the community such as: creating welcoming spaces for new and veteran players to learn and play, running monthly ranking tournaments, hosting our national-level tournament Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), and providing support and resources for companion events in the community.

Annual General Meeting:
Our AGM is open to the public, if you feel like you would like to be a part of CouchWarriors and to help out with tournaments and building up the fighting game community in Melbourne, please feel free to come along. Our scene is built on the passion and dedication of volunteers and organisers.

Nominations:
2018 Officer roles and positions of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer will be determined at this event via the nominations of the CouchWarriors Committee. The first rould will be recieved via nomination will be sent out within the next two weeks before the event, Nominees can make themselves known by emailing us at [email protected]

Only CouchWarriors Committee Members can cast votes, be nominated and elected.
A nomination form will be posted leading up to the event, cutoff September 21st.

At the AGM we will discuss an agenda of the following:
– Review of BAM10, Ranking Battles and Conventions,
– Financial review,
– Review & clarification of our mission statement.
– Our direction and strategy moving forward,
– Review of event and management structure,
– Define, nominate and elect secondary officer roles,
– Election of board members,
The secretary will add a detailed agenda based on last year’s AGM agenda soon.

Our current secretary Dean Eddy will be posting a detailed Agenda within the next two weeks leading up to the event, you can find the venue at 6-8 Davies St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia within the Masonic hall in their meeting room.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Fighting game tournaments at Melbourne Esports Open

We’re teaming up with Melbourne Esports Open to bring fighting games to #MEO2018! Catch all the action on the FGC Stage, one of four esports stages on Margaret Court Arena. Join us for the debut of this new major esports event!

With your tickets for event entry, registration for the fighting games are free. Each game is double elimination and has a Prize pool of $1,000!

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 11am on the day to confirm your spot in the bracket.

All tournaments will start at 12pm. All games are double elimination.

Finals:

Street Fighter Top 8: 3pm

Soul Calibur VI Exhibition 3pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

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

Dragon Ball FighterZ Top 8: 3:30pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv

Sunday

Smash 4 and Smash Melee

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: 2:3pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee

 

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CouchWarriors July 2018 Ranking Battle Results

The end of July sees the return of our monthly Ranking Battle events, with one slight change to the schedule. All of our Smash games are now being held under one roof, taking place on the 4th Saturday of each month alongside Rivals of Aether and Pokken!

Not only does our Smash scene benefit from joining together, this means our FGC RanBat will be packing in even more of your favourite games and events, with our TO’s hosting a free Tekken 3v3 tourney this month to start things off. If you are interested in running a bracket for any game for future events, please feel free to let us know and volunteer!

View the full brackets on Smash GG for FGC here and Smash Bros. + ROA here.

See below for the current year rankings to date. Read on after the break for this month’s winners.
(Smash + RoA results and RanBat points will be added after the event takes place)

SF5 Points Tekken 7 Points DOA5LR Points GGXrd Points
Somniac 38 Chand NY 40 Berzerk 32 Ashzu 48
Rupps 24 Lee Min Ho 32 AlexMD 32 Javi 36
syo 22 Aken 24 Ebabil 20 Feri 20
Burnoutfighter & Cadzow_ 18 Bboy Phoenix 20 ROBDAWGG619 14 Rindows & popo 12
DBFZ Points Sm4sh Points Melee Points Project M Points
DaBeast 20 Extra 58 Dekar 46 Tyler 52
Zed 16 Duon 28 Fess 34 Microsoft J 32
MajinBeng 14 Ignis 21 DonB 22 Dekar 23
TANA93 14 Ghost 20 Sora 16 Bubby 23
UNIST Points Injustice 2 Points ROA Points Pokken DX Points
Haiku 54 Zprime 28 OSU 32 AntWerp 48
Tomo009 36 Hazzles 25 SNC 26 Dan Dandy 28
Spoony 28 95leo 20 MAST 18 Sir Banana 24
Julian 19 GooGie 18 Neeson & Stutter 14 Techless 24

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BAM10 Survey – Your Feedback!

This year CouchWarriors celebrated its 10th year of Battle Arena Melbourne with BAM10.

Our biggest event yet, attracting over 2000 attendees, BAM continues to grow and improve year on year. As part of the event this year we sought feedback from our attendees to get a better sense of what we are doing well and where we can improve.

This years event featured the best of Australian and international talent in the fighting game community and there was no lack of entertainment. Matches were electric, with spectators on the edge of their seats, holding their breath as players battled right down to the last inch of health before triumphing. Besides the usual tournaments we also had our first appearance of Nintendo hosting both Splatoon 2 and Pokken tournaments and the PC LAN area that hosted its own tournaments.

 

Let’s take a look at the survey!

 

A little about our community

 

The attendees of BAM10 are all kinds of ages with our attendees being mostly between the ages of 14-30. Most of the respondents were male (96%) but our female community is growing with female respondents competing in events across BAM10 including Street Fighter, Smash Bros. 4, Splatoon 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Most of our attendees had attended a BAM event in the past (60%) but we had a lot of first timers attend this years BAM. Of those who had attended previously, most people had attended more than two events.

Our tournaments

78.5% of responses were competitors with most people competing in Tekken, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter. It was a big job for some our TO’s this year with so many different games being run at BAM10. CouchWarriors has been working hard to ensure tournament bracket updates are timely and easy for people to access. Our community’s feedback showed that this really came through with 89% satisfied with the running of brackets, 84% satisfied with bracket updates and 81% satisfied with the equipment provided.

There were shout outs to our TO’s for doing an amazing job as well as a request for more TO’s to help with some of the larger tournaments to reduce stress if possible.

BAM10 overall

BAM10 was a massive hit with our community with 93% definitely coming back next year  and 94% recommending BAM to their friends. When asked overall how satisfied people were with the event, there were no dissatisfied results which 96% being satisfied with BAM.

This is an excellent result for Australia’s biggest Fighting Game Tournament and is proof of how our hard work, dedication and devotion to BAM is seen and experienced by our attendees.

We’d like to thank everyone who completed the survey for their feedback. There was a lot of amazing ideas and we are looking forward to bringing them to life next year at BAM11!

 

Thanks to Jodie “Eevee” Langford for producing the survey and compiling this article

CouchWarriors June 2018 Ranking Battle Results

CouchWarriors returned for more RanBat action in June, with players coming back refreshed after last months huge turnout at BAM10. Now halfway through the year, it’s time to look at the current points for each of our games.

View the full brackets on Smash GG for FGC + Melee here and Smash4 + ROA here.

See below for the current year rankings to date.  Read on after the break for this month’s winners.
 

SF5 Points Tekken7 Points DOA5LR Points GGXrd Points
Somniac 28 Chand NY 40 Berserk 32 Ashzu 42
Rupps 24 Lee Min Ho 24 AlexMD 32 Javi 34
syo 22 Brownman 17 Ebabil 20 Rindows 12
Burnoutfighter 18 DaBeast & Bboy Phoenix 16 ROBDAWGG619 14 popo 12
Melee Points Sm4sh Points Dragon Ball FighterZ Points UNIST Points
Dekar 36 Extra 50 DaBeast 20 Haiku 44
Fess 30 Duon 24 Zed 16 Tomo009 28
DonB 14 Ghost 20 Tomo009 12 Spoony 24
Microsoft J 14 Ignis 15 King & Issei & MajinBeng & Sketch 10 Julian 18
ROA Points Injustice2 Points Pokken DX Points ProjectM Points
OSU 24 Zprime 28 Antwerp 38 Tyler 44
SNC 16 Hazzles 19 DanDandy 28 Microsoft J 22
Neeson 14 GooGie 18 Sir Banana 24 Dekar 19
MAST & Stutter 12 Ctay 16 Techless 16 Bubby 17

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Gfinity Elite Series SFV Players at Battle Arena Melbourne 10.

The upcoming GFINITY Elite Series will feature a large selection of Street Fighter V players from the community. With BAM10 as the major fighting game event in the calendar year just finished, it’s a great opportunity to look at how these players finished up. How will this latest ranking of the top SFV players in the country play out when the teams face off at Elite Series in the coming weeks?  Their placement at BAM10 will be a good gauge!

The Chiefs main Squad

At the moment, it looks like Chiefs are in the box seat, with the only two Australian players to make top 8 against fierce local and international competition both in that team. In fact, Somniac, as top placer via tiebreak with Bksama, won a trip to Vegas as our EVO representative.

Watch the winning moment: https://clips.twitch.tv/BlazingSmoothLapwingPJSalt

However, a few close calls in pools and previous tournaments suggests some upsets from the likes of ROF and TravisStyles are certainly possible.

Check out all of the players and their teams that came to BAM 10.

See the full BAM10 results list here (Photos and videos linked)

7th Somniac Sydney Chiefs
7th Bksama Sydney Chiefs
9th Travis Styles Melbourne Order
9th ROF Melbourne Order
13th RumoursOfGhosts Melb Avant Gaming
13th ZG Sydney Chiefs
17th GhostChips Brisbane Deceptors
17th Zed Melbourne Order
17th Bug Melbourne Order
17th FREEZA Sydney Roar
25th Camzace Brisbane Deceptors
25th Rupps Perth Ground Zero
25th Caesura Perth Ground Zero
25th BurnoutFighter Melbourne Order
25th Cadzow_ Sydney Roar
25th Dale Sydney Roar
25th Pahnda Sydney Chiefs
33rd RobbieSla. Brisbane Deceptors
33rd SpaceGhost Melb Avant Gaming
33rd Syo Perth Ground Zero
33rd Falco Sydney Chiefs
49th AwildLLAMA Melb Avant Gaming
49th MiM Melbourne Order
65th Staticz Perth Ground Zero
65th Schenkhan Perth Ground Zero
97th AcrylicSaint Sydney Roar
97th Bao Special Brisbane Deceptors

 

BAM10 – Results

What a huge weekend it was at the Melbourne Convention Centre for Battle Arena Melbourne 10!  The CouchWarriors team is incredibly proud of the event and pleased to see so many people had a great time.  With over 2,000 attendees including tons of international star players and commentators, Tekken World Tour, Capcom Pro Tour, the biggest Smash tournaments in the southern hemisphere and the first Dragon Ball FighterZ major in the region among many Spectator friendly activities and preview games, it was an awesome event.

Not to mention, the special prize for three players who now are heading to EVO! From the community buzz and smiling faces at the afterparty, it looks like everyone had a great time, which is the number one thing for us.

Photography, replays and more are to come, but for now, here are the top results across each tournament as found in Smash.GG/BAM10

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

Photos:

Videos:

Full tournament results list below

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