Thanks to all who attended and competed this weekend as part of the twelfth Battle Arena Melbourne!! After a two year wait, the fighting game community returned to Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre to reunite old friends and reignite old rivalries in the heat of offline competition!
We all compete for different reasons, for fun, for improvement, and to enjoy the challenge of facing our friends and rivals – for the glory!
Plus all games have a split of the entry cash pool, and a cash pot bonus for the four feature CouchWarriors League titles!
Major Titles Prizes:
Street Fighter V, Smash Bros Ultimate, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Strive, Smash Bros Melee, Dragon Ball FighterZ all receive prizes 1st through 3rd as below.
- Top 3 each receive a top notch ASTRO headset:
- A40TR+Mixamp for 1st
- A20 for 2nd
- A10 for 3rd.
- Mwave voucher for Top 3:
- 1st $150
- 2nd $100
- 3rd $50
- We also have $50 from MWAVE for every 1st place singles Medal tournament!
TROPHIES AND MEDALS:
Each of the Trophy titles at BAM will have the famous boxing glove trophy, plus recognition for 2nd place with a Silver medal and 3rd with Bronze.
Each other title will receive a Gold medal for its 1st place Winner!
As Part of CouchWarriors League, our ongoing feature titles have a $500 Pot Bonus. These have a monthly online tournament – making for a weekly CWLeague event – on top of the monthly Ranbat Locals in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Can you topple the best? If you can, an ASTRO A10 Gen 2 and $50 from Mwave can be yours! You must defeat the BAM Bounty in the game they placed top of ladder in. Good luck!
View the BAM 2022 Schedule below. Click for larger versions.
More info on BAM: www.battlearenamelbourne.com.au
We are pleased to announce BAM12’s official cosplay competition! Join us in your best fighting game costume for a chance to win some awesome prizes and your very own BAM Trophy! Not only is BAM Australia’s biggest fighting game event, it’s a gaming festival, so we would like to invite everyone to appear in character!
There’s over $250 in cash and prizes for the Cosplay, Plus, TOP 4 – Passes to CrunchyRoll Expo!
Photography: On the floor of BAM, we will have a photo wall and photographer onsite, so there’ll be great shots to come from the event. We also welcome photographers to join the event!
Cosplay Changerooms: There will be a dedicated space off-floor for Cosplayers to change.
Battle Arena Melbourne 12 Cosplay Competition
BAM Info: www.battlearenamelbourne.com.au
May 15 (Cosplay welcome all three days of event)
Just register in person at the Registration Desk. You can also pre-fill some info for our judges by entering details on this form
Event Entry: Only a spectator pass ($25 for weekend) is required.
- Registration Ends 12:30PM Sunday
- Pre-Judging 1pm to 2pm (Marshall at Photo wall 12:45)
- Parade: 2:30PM Sunday (Marshall at Photo wall 2:15)
Fighting Game characters (Has appeared in a fighting game)
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Bays 23 & 24
Spectator pass – $25
TOP 4 – Pass to CrunchyRoll Expo
1st Place $125 Cash and a BAM Trophy!
2nd place $75
3rd place $50
Plus, Anime Blu-Ray and Merch!
- You must purchase a spectator pass to compete.
- Please register for the cosplay competition at the registration desk at entrance
- Your costume must be a character that has appeared in a fighting game.
- Handmade and bought costumes are both acceptable, however handmade costumes will be rated higher in judging.
- When you’re on stage, we want to see you embody the character! Be ready to answer some questions about your costume, too.
- Most importantly, have fun!
The hype train for Battle Arena Melbourne next month is picking up a ton of steam with each passing week, and we’ve got a couple more announcements here which are sure to help fuel that engine!
Not only has the list of fighting games represented in the tournament schedule grown significantly since the initial announcement, but CouchWarriors have now confirmed the return of the “BAM Bounties” competition – offering special prizes to anyone who can take down the top-ranked players of CouchWarriors League in their favorite game.
There’s a very special atmosphere around the Australian FGC this month – an excitement nobody has felt for several long, major-less years. The twelfth-ever Battle Arena Melbourne finally has a scheduled date and venue, and the biggest international esports tournament on the national calendar is now open for player registration!
Taking place at Melbourne Exhibition Centre from May 13th to May 15th, BAM is a celebration of everything happening in fighting games, right in the heart of the city’s renowned CBD. It’s also the heart of the CouchWarriors League tournament circuit, offering a huge injection of ranking points alongside other prizes and competitions. Attracting champions both domestic and international across a huge range of games, this is the pinnacle of competition for every player (and spectator!) in OCE.
The fires of competition have burned more brightly than ever before across the CouchWarriors League, as we count down the days before the long-awaited BAM12 major. The month of May set a new all-time record for most ranking points on offer, impacting the race across all five CWL games.
In the past, the league rankings have often been dominated by a handful of regional champions who can reliably scoop their local tournament every time – but 2021 is looking different. Not only have we seen a few instances of top players traveling interstate to play spoiler for one event, but almost every game and region is seeing a more even spread of winners as the months roll on. It’s been the perfect way to foreshadow the inevitable clash for bragging rights we’ll see at BAM.
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.
That’s right. BAM is coming back on July 9th to 11th, 2021 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The FGC’s biggest national event will be returning with the hype, community and competition we all love. This year BAM will be colocated with ITZ LAN, a 1,000 seat BYOC PC LAN. Making this “ITZ BAM” even bigger for the gaming community.
Stay tuned for Registration info and more news and updates!
2020 was meant to be an incredible year for our FGC, and specifically for Battle Arena Melbourne. BAM12 had an impressive list of World Tour tournaments to draw top internationals, great sponsors, the CouchWarriors League finale and increasing momentum from years of successful “big BAMs” at the MEC, ready to break all records and make news worldwide. The event is only postponed, not cancelled, so we can still look forward to our annual calendar highlight. But it’s painful to be set back after so much hard work, by a force well outside anybody’s control.
With the originally planned event dates coming and going last weekend, it would have been easy to get sucked into further disappointment. Instead, CouchWarriors took the chance to launch the #BAMThrowback hashtag, asking our community to throw up their best memories and photos from years of BAM past.