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!
Another huge weekend has marked the 11th annual Battle Arena Melbourne! BAM11 saw Australia’s biggest fighting game event step into its second decade, and third year at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The CouchWarriors team, a group of community volunteer organisers is incredibly proud of the event blown away by the response of the community.
Among other achievements, BAM11 had 1,020 unique fighting game competitors! Add to that nearly 500 spectators, PC LAN and Splatoon 2 competitors, and our total attendance by footfall was 4,412! This is by far the biggest open entry esports competition in Australia and New Zealand. Thank you all for another record breaking year!
Of course, the real story of BAM11 every year is the incredible feats in each tournament. With 42 events over 3 days, there were multiple national championships and hundreds of stories of small rivalries to legendary finals including many with international superstars.
We saw the first Mortal Kombat 11 major, the biggest tournament ever for Smash Ultimate and global points on the line in Tekken World Tour and Capcom Pro Tour. In fact, tournament attendances rose across the board. All this, and we crowned ANZ champions in the BAM PATH TO EVO finals for SFV, Tekken and Smash Ultimate, meaning three players are going to EVO World Championships with flight and accom expenses paid.
Hit up the Twitch replays for each game by following the guide in this post
- View the archives of the Twitch channels via links found here
- Youtube replays being added progressively to BAM11 Playlist and these channels:
- CouchWarriors YouTube
- CouchWarriorsSmash Youtube
- Melbourne Melee Youtube
TWT Recap video
CPT Recap video
Read on for more results and info! (Full results at bottom of post)
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!
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.
- Melbourne, Saturday April 27 – CouchWarriors @ Bayview On The Park | Register | Facebook event
- Brisbane, Sunday April 28 – CouchWarriors @ QUT Gardens Point Campus | Register | Facebook event
- Sydney, Saturday 27 – Ozhadou BRB @ Bankstown Sports Club | Register | Facebook event
- Adelaide, Friday 26 – Adelaide MK @ UniBar Adelaide | Register | Facebook event
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).
CouchWarriors presents: Battle Arena Melbourne 11 – #BAM11
May 17-19, 2019
Australia’s major fighting game event brings together players across the nation for fun and competition. It’s the largest open entry esports event in the region and an international destination.
The final stage of BAM PATH TO EVO, sending the top ANZ players in three games to EVO World Championships
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
Bays 1-2 (Opposite Crown Casino)
More info to come! Join the Facebook event for updates.
BAM10 was a huge event, so the infographic with just a few of the key stats is very tall.
Thank you to all the attendees, spectators, players, viewers, and event partners for making this the biggest open entry esports event in Australia!
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!
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)
|9th||Travis Styles||Melbourne Order|
|13th||RumoursOfGhosts||Melb Avant Gaming|
|25th||Rupps||Perth Ground Zero|
|25th||Caesura||Perth Ground Zero|
|33rd||SpaceGhost||Melb Avant Gaming|
|33rd||Syo||Perth Ground Zero|
|49th||AwildLLAMA||Melb Avant Gaming|
|65th||Staticz||Perth Ground Zero|
|65th||Schenkhan||Perth Ground Zero|
|97th||Bao Special||Brisbane Deceptors|
This past weekend CouchWarriors’ Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM10) reached its 10th Anniversary. ANZ’s largest open entry esports event, held May 18-20 at Melbourne Convention Centre, once again broke records with over 2,000 attendees. It was also the debut of a major partnership with Twitch TV to reward ANZ players and grow the fighting game esports scene.
Announced during BAM10, this will provide flights and accommodation for 3 players who reach the highest placement among Australian or New Zealand players at BAM. Also announced is an ongoing tournament points system which will lead to next year’s BAM11, in which players will once again have the opportunity to prove themselves and win a trip to EVO 2019.
Having become a major international event with over 30 global pro players attending, the addition of a premium event reward just for ANZ players provides a clear goal for local players to strive for. In this year’s event, the top players from Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros 4 WiiU were chosen. These players came out on top:
- Naveed “ChandNY” Iqbal – Tekken 7
- Xavier “Somniac” Nardella – Street Fighter V
- Nick “Extra” McKenzie – Super Smash Bros 4 WiiU
The biggest tournament event in ANZ fighting game history, BAM10 grew again with over 2,000 attendees and over $40,000 in cash and prizes. The gaming convention and esports event featured global pro tour stops for Tekken World Tour as a Master Event, and Capcom Pro Tour as a Ranking Event. This alongside a huge lineup of national tournaments and convention activities including access to preview games, indiecade, Nintendo Game zone, PC LAN, Artist Alley and Cosplay.
Results from BAM10 can be found here
Media Kit including event Photography can be found here
More detailed full results, further photography and video replays from BAM10 will be released in the coming days.
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This year at BAM10, there’s more than ever for you to do, even 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 Competitor Passes can play in our hosted tournaments and casual areas, here is the list of fantastic activity on offer at BAM10.
1. See incredible matches first hand as competitors duke it out in the pools and on stage.
3. Join in the fun at the Nintendo Play Area
We are happy to announce the BAM10 Indiecade! Experience awesome new games from indie developers X-Joy, Bit Dragon and Teepee Studios
Bit Dragon is showcasing Hyper Jam, an 80’s bright neon brawler with intense multiplayer action of weapons and perks.
TeePee Studios and their game Dimensions VS, a free-to-play platform style fighting game akin to Smash Brothers with a diverse cast and familiar control scheme. Check out the awesome BAM inspired skins!
You can check out the teams and their games at the Indiecade Alley at BAM10 – open to everyone including Spectators!