Cospendium SSBU League – May

The Smash scene has gradually adapted to the all-online tournament season of 2020, and now there are plenty of events being run each month to keep the community ticking. One big positive to come out of this is the number of heretofore undiscovered wi-fi warriors who are proving themselves as serious talent through these tournaments. We’re also seeing different orgs step up and help to support the scene, and that’s what has brought us this new tournament series from Cospendium and FGC powerhouse Kanga Esports.

Cospendium is a new-look convention organisation, hosting events for the gaming, cosplay and fandom communities in Melbourne. CouchWarriors have already partnered with Cospendium to run their live gaming arena at these events, and now Cospendium have furthered their support of the FGC by sponsoring online Smash Ultimate events. Kanga Esports are providing valuable admin assistance, and have enabled the creation of a full online league leading up to Cospendium 2021 in January!

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#BAMThrowback – Remembering Our Best Moments

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.

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CouchWarriors teams with Cospendium Convention for Gaming Zone and tournaments!

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Cospendium Cosplay and Games Convention!

Cospendium is a brand new event on the pop culture calendar, which is developing a new approach to convetions and will be including gaming in a big way! 

As a major part of the event, Cospendium and CouchWarriors have joined forces, and with their fantastic support, we’ll be able to bring you an amazing Gaming Zone at Cospendium featuring our core Fighting Game Tournaments, PC Freeplay, Console Freeplay, Indie Games, Gaming Exhibitors, and much more to be announced. The gaming zone will be amazing for new fans and old, whether learning to play, showing your skills, or checking out cool new games.

As part of today’s first announcement we’ll reveal the first tournament titles which will each have a $1,000 prize pool!

Tournament Games with 1,000 Prize Pool
  • Street Fighter V
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Tekken 7

Thanks to the amazing support from Cospendium, who are creating something special with this new convention, the same will be true of the CouchWarriors Gaming Zone. The tournaments hosted here will be consequential, supported with great prizes and an amazing, big screen spectator experience.  

Tournament info

Here are the first round of CouchWarriors Gaming Zone Tournaments at Cospendium!

Each tournament will feature $1,000 cash prize pool, and will be open to everyone with a Cospendium ticket.

Step One: Make sure you have a Cospendium ticket at https://cospendium.com.au/ 

Step Two: Register for your tournaments on http://smash.gg/couchwarriorscospendium

You will be able to preregister online and, if spaces are available, on the day for each tournament.  Major tournaments will be run with a feature stage, and live stream to capture those clutch moments.

CouchWarriors League Announced

CouchWarriors League Announced

National Fighting Game Esports League launched. Season one brings state champions together at BAM, Australia’s international finals

Australian esports events organisation, CouchWarriors, today announces a national points based league for fighting game tournaments. CouchWarriors League (CWL) is tying together monthly Ranking Battle tournaments across four states, with a special reward for top point scorers in each one of four feature titles. The state champions will be rewarded with a paid flight and entry to BAM, Australia’s international fighting game major.

 

The League Season tracks how players fare across “Ranbat” events in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The monthly events are each the focal point for the local community and a step into the esports tournament scene. The success of CouchWarriors local ranking battle events has seen an average of 150 attendees at each city’s gatherings every month

Visit the CouchWarriors League site to follow the latest rankings!

The feature titles awarding travel in the first season of CWL are Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and Super Smash Bros Melee.  Regular online events will also give players across the country the opportunity to edge ahead on points.

We support a big range of tournament titles, which will also have results tracked, so you can see how you compare with your fellow players. 

Every month as events conclude you can follow the player rankings on a central points ladder. The ladder can be found at CouchWarriorsLeague.com.au

Each event is live streamed and featured in Twitch.TV front page promotion in ANZ.

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The Stories of CouchWarriors Crossup 2019

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone across the AUNZ FGC! 2019 has been a year of big tournament turnouts and big tournament performances, capped off by the year-ending mini major CouchWarriors Crossup. Full results from the event have already been reported here, but there’s so much more that goes on at any event like this than those results can really tell.

To make sure we can celebrate everything great about our community and the events we put together, this will be the first of a string of tournament recaps focusing on the best moments, images and personal achievements from those events. If you have any great moments to share or captured some good energy on camera, go ahead and send it to [email protected] so we can add them to the list!

 

THE SEASON FINALE

The BAM Path to EVO has continued to raise the stakes and bring a little continuity to tournaments in its 2nd season. Having shared leaderboards for MK11, SFV, Tekken 7 and Smash Ultimate across multiple regions has also helped spice up the interstate competition, which finally came to a head at this final event of the season. CouchWarriors sponsored travel for the Season 2 winners from interstate, who then had to run the gauntlet of local Victorian killers to make good on their titles. Read more

CouchWarriors Crossup 2 Major Results

The second edition of CouchWarriors Crossup, our end-of-year Mini-Major, was held December 14th at Bayview on the Park in Melbourne. Here’s a summary of the results in every game and how the top matches turned out. A complete listing of match results and brackets for each game can be viewed on Smash.gg here.

CWC2 marked the finale for Season 2 of the BAM Path to EVO! The top ranked players in each of Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11 and Smash Ultimate received sponsored flights to the event to compete. The final standings can be viewed here. Note that NZ players Daniel “Kanga|Wowzer” Cossington (Tekken) and Reagan “S-NET|GhostChips” Kelly (SFV) finished on top in their respective games, but declined the prize.

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Big Cheese 2 Major Results

The second edition of Big Cheese, the South Australian Major, was held over the weekend of December 6th-8th at Union House in Adelaide. Here’s a summary of the results in every game and how the top matches turned out. A complete listing of match results and brackets for each game can be viewed on Smash.gg here.

Results for Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11 and Smash Ultimate count towards the standings for the BAM Path To EVO series for those games, which can be viewed here.

 

Smash Ultimate

1. Kanga|Ghost

2. Joe

3. DS|Extra

The heavy Smash scene involvement made this the biggest event of the Major, as well as having double points at stake for the BAM Path To EVO. The top 8 was a who’s-who of Australia’s best Ultimate players, as befits a true interstate Major.

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CouchWarriors Expands Further Nationally with South Australia and New South Wales

CouchWarriors Expands Further Nationally with South Australia and New South Wales

After successful growth from Victoria into Queensland, Fighting Game Esports Events organisation brings in Adelaide and Sydney organisers under the CouchWarriors umbrella.

 

CouchWarriors has announced today it is broadening its brand to support esports events in the fighting game and Smash Bros communities of Adelaide and Smash Bros community in Sydney. 

The request from these scenes to join the banner comes after a successful expansion into Brisbane last year, which saw events grow to an average of 160 attendees each month, and launch a successful national major, Sunny Side Up, with over 450 attendees. 

Alongside, events in CouchWarriors home base in Melbourne also saw a big growth for the FGC. Over 1,500 unique competitors attended the national major, BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne) in May, and players across ANZ are participating in the BAM Path To EVO league, in which CouchWarriors sponsored three players to the largest worldwide tournament, EVO in Las Vegas.

Altogether, the Fighting Game esports scene is strong and healthy.

Now, Adelaide FGC and Smash, and Sydney Smash organisers will be working under the CouchWarriors banner to bring the winning formula to monthly events and add to the nationwide circuit of events.

Regular CouchWarriors events in Adelaide and Sydney will start with:

  • CouchWarriors SA “Cheese League” Monthly Ranking Battle
      • When: 3rd Sunday each month
      • Where: Level 5, Union House, Adelaide Uni
      • Next event: Sunday 17th Nov – Click here to Register

 

  • CouchWarriors NSW “Star Forge”: Sydney Smash Monthly
    • When: 4th Sunday each month
    • Where: 5 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007
    • Next event: Sunday 27th Oct- Click here to Register

Majors for Adelaide and Sydney join the Circuit

 

  • Phantom 2020: Sydney Smash/Splatoon Major

These events join BAM, Sunny Side Up and the FGC end of year event, CouchWarriors Crossup, which will be on December 14 at Bayview on the Park. Details here.

You can find all the events listed regularly on the CouchWarriors Facebook events page here, and announced on the Couchwarriors website.

Look for announcements on how these events and more fit in to the 2020 season of #BAMPathToEVO www.bampathtoevo.com.au 

About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors, established 2006, is an expert in gaming tournaments and esports events.  A 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 professional tournaments at the national level.  Both beginner to expert players have room with our inclusive approach, from an experienced tournament team.

CouchWarriors also offers commercial events services from tournament organisation and administration, live streaming, event management and staffing.

www.couchwarriors.org | www.bampathtoevo.com.au 

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

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!

Know Your Scene: TEKKEN – an AUSFGC Primer

TEKKEN

Fluid, exciting, technical and beautiful, the Tekken franchise has been among the strongest in the FGC since Tekken 2 & 3 set the benchmark for 3D fighters back on the Playstation. Australian players have a proud history stretching back nearly as far, and with Tekken 7 the size and strength of the scene is at its peak. A wide range of strong locals offer a great starting point for anyone who wants to prove themselves in the King of Iron Fist Tournament!

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