Community Contribution Award: Jason O’Callaghan

It is with great pleasure to present this years community award to our colleague and long time friend, Jason O’Callaghan, for his hard work & contributions for the CouchWarriors Committee. It’s thanks to him and the team at New Game Plus, we have been able to run our events and tackle new opportunities. 

From the team and people at CouchWarriors, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, we couldn’t do it without you.

BAM11 feedback form now live!

 

Battle Arena Melbourne 11 was our largest event yet, we would like to thank everyone that came down to compete, spectator or celebrate our passionate community.

Have some thoughts on this years BAM event? We want to hear about it!
Also, as a thank you, we’re giving away 5 Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Headsets to five vocal attendees!

How do you get one of these beauties? Simple!

  1. Fill out our feedback form, remember to include your email!)
    link: https://forms.gle/iAFUy9L44fEPCCJH8
  2. That’s it! (wasn’t so hard, was it?)

We will be announcing the winners at the end of June! Plenty of time to gather your thoughts.

We look forward to hearing from you and good luck!

CouchWarriors at Oz Comic-Con 2019

 

Appearing again for the 5th year in a row, CouchWarriors will be bringing your favourite fighting games  tournaments to both days of Oz Comic-Con 2019.

Taking over Oz Comic-Con’s “Gaming Zone” for another year, we will be running tournaments for community favourite games such as Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Street Fighter V, DOA6 and Tekken 7 as well as casual set ups, learn to play sessions and more.

As usual, our convention tournaments are a more casual environment that the usual CouchWarriors events, so if you or someone you know wants to get into the tournament scene or try out a new game there is no better time to give it a shot!!!

For more information about CouchWarriors at OCC2019, as well as the rest of what OCC2019 has to offer, please check out the schedule Here

 

 

 

Plenty of stuff to do at BAM11 with a Spectator’s pass!

This year’s BAM11 is bigger than ever and there is even more to do!
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 those with a Competitor Passes can play in our hosted tournaments and casual areas, we still have you covered for the full three days.

?? – See our incredible tournaments first hand as our competitors go head to head in the pools and on the stage.

?- Visit the amazing talent visiting the Artist Alley.

? – Play some of the amazing games in the Indiecade.

? – Watch the incredible Cosplay Competition.

5. Interact with our booth vendors.

6. Play at the AMD & MWAVE PC LAN, ran by ITZ Gaming with plenty of tournaments to enter!

The BAM 11 Afterparty is Back!


CouchWarriors is excited to announce that the official BAM11 Afterparty will again be held at the General Assembly at South Wharf!

A gorgeous and large bar/restaurant with outdoor and indoor spaces located right next to MCEC. The afterparty will start on May 19 at 7 PM so you can walk out of MCEC immediately after BAM11 finals day ends and straight into the after party venue! We will have drinks till late together with multiple setups there for runbacks and team matches. Relax over dinner and discuss your BAM weekend, play ping pong, and enjoy good company and drinks by the Melbourne city skyline.

Keep track on the Facebook event 

Read on for menu and info! Venue info – http://www.thegeneralassembly.com.au/about/ Menu – http://www.thegeneralassembly.com.au/food-and-drink/

(Note: Beer sizes are slightly deceiving as the smallest size is larger than a standard pot and the middle size is large than a standard schooner.)

Hope to see you guys there!

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.

 

AGM Officer Roles!

With the Annual General Meeting now wrapped up, we are happy to announce our elected officer roles for 2019!

President – Jack “Pudge” Gorman.
Vice President – Cailan “CK” Kingsbury.
Secretary – Dean “DeanSG” Eddy.
Treasurer – Michael “Javi” Thai.

Brisbane Treasurer – Ellis Johnson

Congratulations and thank you to the whole team for another massive year!

With more exciting events and initiatives to come, the CouchWarriors team in both Melbourne and Brisbane are looking forward to continuing to build these plans for the community.

Thank you to all the players, supporters, volunteers and viewers.

CouchWarriors Crossup – Australia’s Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Saga Event

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Baxter at BAM, the first ANZ Champion in Dragon Ball FighterZ

The biggest fighting game release this year has been Dragon Ball FighterZ! Taking the community by storm, DBFZ has been an immediate hit as a tournament title. The debut major for DBFZ in Australia, BAM10, saw 122 entrants, as VSDS Baxter took home the first championship in a thrilling final.

Now, CouchWarriors is excited to announce we will be hosting a Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Saga Event – one of only seven in the world.  Find out more about Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour here https://dbfzworldtour.com/

This major global fighting game event will take place at our Ranking Battle Season finals, and because it’s a special occasion, we are creating a new event.  CouchWarriors Crossup.

CouchWarriors Crossup will take place over two days, December 15-16, 2018. We will have more announcements around this new major event in the fighting game and esports calendar in the weeks to come.

This event is sure to attract the greatest players from around the world – expect to see top players from across Japan and South East Asia and perhaps even further afield, to battle against our local champions to claim the seventh Dragon Ball and a direct qualification into the World Finals in January.

That’s right, the winner of the event gets a free trip to the DBFZWT Finals! Alongside the incredible opportunity to go to World Finals, there is a $5,000 Prize Pool for Dragon Ball FighterZ

 

Register now!

What – CouchWarriors Crossup – A Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga Event Down Under

When – December 15-16, 2018

Where – Batman Royale: Lieutenant Room. 14 Gaffney St, Coburg North VIC 3058, Australia.

Register Smash.gg/CWC2018

Live Stream – www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz

Venue Fee – $30

DBFZ Tournament Fee – $10

DBFZ Prize Pot Bonus – $5,000

DBFZ Grand Prize – Dragon Ball, Invitation to Dragon Ball FighterZ World Finals

Facebook Event Click Here

 

That’s Not All

 

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Launch Tournament
This will be the first tournament for the major Switch title – Claim the title of inaugural champion! Stay tuned for more announcements.

 

More TournamentsFighting game tournaments and casuals.

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles are a fighters festival! As the CouchWarriors 2018 Ranking Battle Finals, CouchWarriors Crossup will also feature all of the games played in tournaments over the year. More announcements on special events across the event for a range of fighting games to come

BAM Path To Evo Event: Tekken 7, Street Fighter V and Smash Ultimate players earn points on the path to BAM and EVO in 2019!
Event Streaming live on
www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz – Dragon Ball FighterZ
www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors  – Street Fighter V, Tekken 7
www.twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash – Super Smash Bros Ultimate
www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee – Super Smash Bros Melee
www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv – Soul Calibur VI, Dead or Alive 6
 
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