BAM12 Registration Roundup!

Get hype! The biggest AusFGC news of the year is the biggest AusFGC event of the year: BAM 2021.

Battle Arena Melbourne is making its comeback in 2021. Held from July 9th-11th, #BAM12 will feature the peak of competitive play for fighting games across Australia as part of the CouchWarriors League, as well as a rare chance for our top talent to battle world-class opposition. Expanding the gaming on offer, alongside BAM will be ITZ Gaming PC LAN (more on that below)!

BAM’s status as Australia’s top Major on the official circuits brings together players and broadcasters from all sorts of games, and CouchWarriors are going in even harder on that big-tent ethos with this year’s event. Whether you count yourself among the hardcore competitors, niche game specialists, casual fans, artists, cosplayers, or game developers, #BAM12 has something to offer.

 

You can buy your ticket to the show – $25 for spectators, $60 for competitors and casual play, along with sign up to individual events through the main portal at smash.gg/BAM12. Now, read on for a quick blow-by-blow of the individual attractions that will make this another amazing BAM!

Registrations are open now at smash.gg/BAM12

OPEN-ENTRY BRACKETS & COMMUNITY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The heart and soul of BAM, our TO’s will be running official brackets for the following games over the weekend: 

  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition 
  • Tekken 7 
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Singles & Doubles) 
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee (Singles & Doubles) 
  • Guilty Gear Strive 
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ 
  • Mortal Kombat 11 
  • Soul Calibur VI 
  • Dead Or Alive 6 
  • Killer Instinct 
  • Rivals of Aether 
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Brawlhalla 

 

That’s a TON of chances for you to become a BAM champion this year! All of these tournaments will feature their own prizes, with timetables staggered across the weekend so you can fit in as many sets as possible. Schedule will be released soon.

 

We’re also producing a second schedule of community-led tournaments, featuring a broad cross-selection of cult-hit games, special rulesets and other fan favourite stipulations. Check the schedule closer to the date so you don’t miss out on these wild and wonderful side events!

 

ARTIST’S ALLEY RETURNS 

Artist's Alley announcement

After a great reception for the community artists appearing at past BAM events, we’re renewing our efforts to attract more amazing local creatives to table at BAM12! However, table space will still be limited compared to a normal convention, so make sure you fill in your application at the link below ASAP (closes June 18th).
Those artists who do secure a spot will be showcasing their work to the entire Australian FGC, as well as the audience of the ITZ Gaming LAN event n! The Artist’s Alley is open to creatives from a variety of disciplines, even if their work doesn’t focus on fighting game characters. We just want to see some incredible art at BAM12!

bit.ly/BAM2021Artists

 

BAM12 INDIECADE

Indiecade announcement

Indie game developers have a special reason to have their work appear at BAM. We’re eager to promote the work of local devs who are creating all genres of game to shine before our huge audience of passionate gamers. While it doesn’t have to be a competitive game, indie devs who have presented at BAM before have relished the insightful feedback on mechanics and game balance from attendees. Fill in the application form below (closes June 6th) to negotiate space for your demo or other preview in our dedicated indiecade space on the main BAM floor! 

bit.ly/BAM2021IndieArcade 

 

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer applications open

Of course, every BAM runs on the skill, charisma and pluck of our heroic volunteers – community members who take the chance to help ensure that the event lives up to its long tradition of excellence. Volunteers get free spectator passes and can also register normally as a competitor – we will work with you to ensure that your volunteer duties don’t clash with your tournament matches! We also treat volunteers to food & drink throughout the weekend, and access to the famed BAM afterparty once the festivities are all wrapped up. It takes all-hands-on-deck to run an event of this size, so fill in the form below, join our TO staff and loyal community, and do your bit to make BAM12 a hit!

bit.ly/BAM2021Volunteer

 

STREAMING TO FANS AT HOME AROUND THE WORLD

As befits the status of an international Major, BAM12 will feature simultaneous streaming broadcast for many of the official brackets, as well as some community tournaments! A list of the main games and streams is below, with full details to be announced closer to the event. Note that some official world series events will instead be featured on the international channels for those circuits.

twitch.tv/couchwarriors – Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11

twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Singles & Doubles)

twitch.tv/melbournemelee – Super Smash Bros. Melee (Singles & Doubles)

twitch.tv/couchwarriors2 – Dragonball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Strive

Further channels for more events to be announced

 

ALL THE MAKINGS OF GREATNESS

Pulling off Australia’s biggest fighting game event ever isn’t easy – but luckily, CouchWarriors has received gracious support for #BAM12 both within the community, and without. We have the tireless efforts of the CouchWarriors committee and regional organizers to thank, along with all of our outstanding volunteers who will be giving their time to make BAM a reality. Our long-time PC hardware sponsor Mwave have once again pledged their support to the event as well as the broader CWLeague tournament season. 

Mwave Sponsorship announcement

Furthermore, this year marks a new partnership with ITZ Gaming LAN – their 1000-seat BYOC LAN will be taking place under the same roof as #BAM12 over the same weekend. We have arranged for both events to be open for spectators from the other sidegiving attendees the chance to take in even MORE exciting tournament action, as well as our range of exhibiting artists and Indiecade developers! Check out ITZ Gaming on social media for further details, or to book a BYOC spot for their event.

 

It’s going to be an absolutely frenetic weekend, a momentary gaming paradise under one massive roof. Don’t forget to register on smash.gg/BAM12 – and we’ll see all of you in July!

 

BAM Path to EVO Roundup – December 2019 and Season Winners

Another month of fiercely contested events saw the conclusion of the BAM Path To EVO Season 2. The last few points on the line in each of Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and Smash Ultimate then decided which players received sponsored travel to the season-ending Major, CouchWarriors Crossup! So who ultimately emerged on top to be crowned the season champion for their game across Australia & NZ?

Here’s your monthly breakdown of all the BPTE results and rankings for December. For more information about the upcoming Season 3 BPTE events, current standings and the points system itself, check out the Path to EVO website.

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BAM Path To EVO Roundup – November 2019

Another month of fiercely contested events have accelerated the BAM Path To EVO points race. With a trip to EVO 2020 on the line in each of Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and Smash Ultimate, every ranbat and online event is a high-stakes showdown! Who will have the skill and consistency to be crowned the season champion for their game across Australia & NZ?

Here’s your monthly breakdown of all the BPTE results and rankings for November. For more information about upcoming BPTE events, current standings and the points system itself, check out the Path to EVO website.

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BAM Path to EVO Roundup – October 2019

Another month of fiercely contested events have accelerated the BAM Path to EVO points race. With a trip to EVO 2020 on the line in each of Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and Smash Ultimate, every ranbat and online event is a high-stakes showdown! Who will have the skill and consistency to be crowned the season champion for their game across Australia & NZ?

Here’s your monthly breakdown of all the BPTE results and rankings for October. For more information about upcoming BPTE events, current standings and the points system itself,  check out the Path to EVO website.

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Follow the ANZ players at EVO this weekend! Schedule in AEST, BAM Path To EVO

The biggest fighting game tournament in the world is this weekend! EVO 2019 in Las Vegas will draw players from across the globe, including players from Australia and New Zealand. Read on to follow who will be going and the event schedule.

Proudly sponsored by CouchWarriors’ BAM Path To EVO program, three players achieved ANZ champion status at BAM11 this year. As a result their flights and accommodation is taken care of and they have arrived to make their mark at EVO!

Super Smash Bros Smash Ultimate Winner: Bradley Defective Dagger Kun 

Defective Dagger defeated previous Smash Ultimate champion Extra, a changing of the guard moment

Tekken winner: Daniel “Wowzer” Collington 

Wowzer in Tekken is a young player from NZ who in his first major tournament, fought his way through the ANZ special knockout event to win.

Street Fighter V winner: Travis Styles

 

Travis is a top SFV player but couldn’t attend the eastern states events to earn points. He claimed his spot as the top player in the main BAM tournament itself and won through.

There are many more great ANZ players at EVO so keep an eye on the CouchWarriors and FGC twitter accounts, we’ll be sharing their posts as we see them!

 

EVO Schedule in AEST

The official EVO schedule image has been updated by our own Dragon Ball FighterZ and Samurai Shodown TO, Aura, for your viewing convenience!

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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 20-22)
    • Southern Crossup (Auckland NZ, October 5-6)
  • Top points per game 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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