Twitch and CouchWarriors Announce ANZ Pathway to EVO World Championships

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.

More info from this Twitch Video

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

https://smash.gg/tournament/battle-arena-melbourne-10/events

 

Media Kit including event Photography can be found here

http://bit.ly/bam10mediakit

Facebook Gallery Day 3

 

More detailed full results, further photography and video replays from BAM10 will be released in the coming days.

 

Follow CouchWarriors social:

Facebook: CouchWarriors | Twitter: @CouchWarriors / #BAM10

Follow Twitch ANZ social: @TwitchANZ

CouchWarriors at PAX AUSTRALIA 2015!

pax_australia_logo1CouchWarriors is proud to be providing the Fighting Game Tournaments services for PAX Australia 2015 this coming weekend Oct 30- Nov 1!

In the Console Tournament area we will have a full suite of consoles set with a library of fighters to play. Join us for one of the many tournaments each day, or come by and practice. We’ll even be providing time for Learn To Play, so if you want to dip your toes into the playing fighters at their best – side by side with other people – now’s your chance.

Tournaments! We have a small set rotating roster of excellent tournament games to play, plus a range of additional games to play in casuals. With some games being played in tournaments more than once over the weekend, we’re looking forward to a Best of the Best playoff each day and Sunday.

You can also challenge your friends with our friendly Winners Stays – Limit of 3 Wins rules for all games.

Schedule:

Friday Saturday Sunday
Doors open 10:00
10:30 Dead or Alive 5: Last Round + Killer Instinct (Learn to Play) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 + Killer Instinct (Learn to Play) Super Smash Bros: Melee + Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Learn to Play)
11:00 Dead or Alive 5: Last Round + Killer Instinct Tournament Tekken Tag Tournament 2 + Killer Instinct Tournament Super Smash Bros: Melee + Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Learn to Play)
13:00 Super Smash Bros for WiiU (Learn to Play) Super Smash Bros for WiiU (Learn to Play) Super Smash Bros for WiiU (Learn to Play)
13:30 Super Smash Bros for WiiU Tournament Super Smash Bros for WiiU Tournament Super Smash Bros for WiiU Tournament
15:30 Guilty Gear Xrd + UMvC3 (Learn to Play) Guilty Gear Xrd + UMvC3 (Learn to Play) Ultra Street Fighter IV (Learn to Play)
16:00 Guilty Gear Xrd + UMvC3 Tournament Guilty Gear Xrd + UMvC3 Tournament Ultra Street Fighter IV Tournament
18:30 Ultra Street Fighter IV (Learn to Play) Ultra Street Fighter IV + Dead or Alive 5: Last Round  (Learn to Play) Close
19:00 Ultra Street Fighter IV Tournament Ultra Street Fighter IV + Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Tournament

Related panel: Travel the World Playing Video Games – Are You Crazy?

Featuring CouchWarriors president Daniel Chlebowczyk and BAM7 USFIV champion Xavier Nardella.

CouchWarriors hosting Fighting Games at OzComicCon! June 27-28

occposterWe are proud to announce we are once again working with OzComicCon Melbourne to present an entertaining Fighting Game area at the convention, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on June 27 and 28.

Join in the fighting game action at OzcomicCon! Beginners to pros welcome!
Learn to play, casual winner-stay matches, and Prize Winning Tournaments will be available each day.

There will even be unique OCC medals for winners!

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UPDATE – DEAD OR ALIVE 5 LAST ROUND TOURNAMENT NOW A QUALIFIER TO DEAD OR ALIVE FESTIVAL IN JAPAN

Schedule

The basic schedule is found in the image below and linked here

2015 Season of Fighting Game Events

Announcing the CouchWarriors schedule of events for 2015! We had a brilliant 2014 with fantastic ranking battle attendances each month, a gangbusters national event in BAM6. We also added Meet N Mash Friday weeklies in the city and hosted tournaments at events like CHAOZ, ANIMAGA and of course PAX AUSTRALIA.

We’re proud to be supporting the fighting game community and looking forward to a fun fighting game filled 2015! We hope to see you at one of these events to compete, learn to play or just have some great sets in your favourite games.

RANKING BATTLES – MONTHLY TOURNAMENTS

We can confirm the first SIX MONTHS of 2015 tournament dates have been booked, on a Saturday every month at our regular Brunswick hall venue just off Sydney road, next to convenient train and tram transport and plenty of parking.

Dates

Jan 24th – Facebook Event available here
Feb 21st
Mar 21st
Apr 18th
May 22,23,24: BAM7 (No Ranbat)
Jun 20th (Tentative)

Players can earn ranking points from participating in tournaments. See last year’s final rankings here

Prizes and medals! We’ll do the same this year. There may be prizes at some of the monthlies as well in addition to the pot prizes. Stay tuned.

MEET N MASH – FRIDAYS WEEKLY IN THE CBD

Join us weekly for fighting game casuals in the Melbourne CBD, at MoeMall Hobby Shop in Bourke St (Near McDonalds)
Find the schedule and info here and watch the CouchWarriors facebook page for regular invites

CCH – FORTNIGHTLY CASUALS

The fortnightly casuals event CCH continues every second Saturday at Collingwood Library in Abbotsford
Find the schedule and more info here

BAM7: BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 7 – MAY 22, 23, 24

The Melbourne community major event, and one of Australia’s main National tournaments, BAM returns. It will once again
be at the CQ Functions Room on Queen and Collins st, Melbourne. We’ve got big plans to entertain the whole community, plus it’s a big year for fighters
with new releases.
For a refresh on some of the great things that happened at last year’s BAM, check out:
Six Reasons You Can’t Miss BAM6
BAM6 Media Wrapup
BAM6 Results and Awards

Community help and volunteering:

We’re all volunteers and always appreciate help from people who want to contribute, which in turn helps the whole community. Want to take part and help keep these great events running?

Volunteers are always welcome and needed, from an extra pair of hands transporting or unpacking gear at ranking battles to running brackets and spreading the word
about each event.

Just bringing your friends to play your favourite game is a big help!

CouchWarriors Committee and Roles:

As a not for profit community organisation, we have a committee and elected official positions. We would like to announce the 2015 officer positions, and some highlight community roles.

Officer positions:
Secretary
Rory Betteridge
Treasurer
Michael “Javi” Thai
President/Chair
Daniel “Berzerk” Chlebowczyk

Further community heads are to be announced as part of the Ranking Battle and BAM organising team. First, we are pleased to announce our head TO for BAM

Battle Arena Melbourne Head Tournament Organiser:
Daniel “Spoony” Finegan

Look forward to more announcements and community initiatives. To enquire about events, community support, volunteering, or sponsorship of BAM and other events, please contact:

Web: CouchWarriors.org
Email: [email protected]
Facebook.com/CouchWarriors
Twitter.com/CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors at PAX AUSTRALIA: Fighting Game Tournaments

pax_australia_logo1It’s the biggest gaming event of the year – and CouchWarriors is proud to be providing the Fighting Game Tournaments services for PAX Australia this coming weekend!

In the Console Tournament area we will have a full suite of consoles set with a library of fighters to play. Join us for one of the many tournaments each day, or come by and practice. We’ll even be providing time for Learn To Play, so if you want to dip your toes into the playing fighters at their best – side by side with other people – now’s your chance.

Tournaments! We have a small set rotating roster of excellent tournament games to play, plus a range of additional games to play in casuals. With some games being played in tournaments more than once over the weekend, we’re looking forward to a Best of the Best playoff each day and Sunday.

You can also challenge your friends with our friendly Winners Stays – Limit of 3 Wins rules for all games.

You can view the Tournament Schedule Here

CW-PAX-Schedule

Plus! Panel! Don’t forget there will be an Australian Fighting Game community panel at PAX, hosted by New Game Plus and featuring panelists from across the scene

Super Ultra Fighting Game Community Panel EX

CouchWarriors Upcoming Events and Activity

Ranking Battle this Sunday

Regular events

Weekly – MoeMall Meet n Mash! – Every Friday, Melbourne CBD

FortnightlyCCH Casual Play – Every second Saturday, Collingwood Town Hall Library

August dates: Saturday 2nd, 16th

MonthlyCouchWarriors Ranking Battles – Sunday Mid Month, Brunswick Mason’s Hall.

Next Monthly is Sunday, August 17th.

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Upcoming Conventions

CHAOz – Cosplayers, Hobbyists and Artists of Oz

August 23-24, 2014. Melbourne University.

CouchWarriors Hosts the Video Game Room

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PAX – Penny Arcade Expo

Oct 31-Nov 2, 2014. Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

CouchWarriors Will Host a Fighting Game Lounge in the Console Freeplay/Tournament Area

 

 PLUS – Make sure you support these Upcoming Fighting Game Majors!

Shadowloo Showdown V

Melbourne August 29-31

http://www.shadowlogic.com.au/

 

Ozhadou Nationals 12

Sydney October 11-12

http://ohn.ozhadou.net/

 

MoeMall Meet ‘N Mash : Fridays Weekly

Thanks to the guys at MoeMall , CouchWarriors hosts weekly Friday night fighting game meetups for all your FGC needs in the Melbourne CBD! With this we will be focusing on an awesome relaxed environment for casual play with various events running through the night. Here’s a few things you can expect from us:

All night long casual setups!
Now with 8 setups for all your playing needs and plenty of space for you to bring your own system and play whatever you want. Make sure to BYO sticks though guys! (Or beg / bribe people there) Even during events there will always be casual setups also free for use.


SF4 League!
Rank battles that will be stacked according to skill. Move up in the ladder and improve along side people around your level. Monthly resets means if you improve you will move up to a new tier! These will run from 7:30pm sharp.


Mystery fighting game tournament!
Every week will be a new game with a chance at salt and glory! We wont announce what it is until right before the event starts after signups! This will run after the SF4 league. I bet one will be Karnov’s Revenge. SF2 Anniversary Edtion? CE-Bipson best Bipson.


Live streamed venue!
A ‘main stage’ will be set up with a webcam overlooking it all that will be constantly streaming. Melbourne Fight Night Fridays Live!


Details, details!

Entry fee will be $10 for the whole night (and morning). We are also trialing a $5 for 3hrs or less. No sign up fees for any event, so feel free to join in to whatever you feel like.

Location: 422 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

Time & Date: Friday 11th July. Doors open 5:30pm. SF4 Ladder begins 7:30pm.

Link to the Facebook event page with further details and be found HERE.

Other Upcoming Events:

Couchwarriors Ranking Battle August

CHAOZ Video Game Room by CouchWarriors August 23-24 (More info TBC)

CCH casual events fortnightly

MoeMall Meet ‘N Mash : Friday 11th from 5:30pm

Thanks to the guys at MoeMall , CouchWarriors Inc will be hosting regular Friday night fighting game meetups for all your Melbourne FGC needs! With this we will be focusing on an awesome relaxed environment for casual play with various events running through the night. Here’s a few things you can expect from us:

All night long casual setups!
Now with 8 setups for all your playing needs and plenty of space for you to bring your own system and play whatever you want. Make sure to BYO sticks though guys! (Or beg / bribe people there) Even during events there will always be casual setups also free for use.


SF4 League!
Rank battles that will be stacked according to skill. Move up in the ladder and improve along side people around your level. Monthly resets means if you improve you will move up to a new tier! These will run from 7:30pm sharp.


Mystery fighting game tournament!
Every week will be a new game with a chance at salt and glory! We wont announce what it is until right before the event starts after signups! This will run after the SF4 league. I bet one will be Karnov’s Revenge. SF2 Anniversary Edtion? CE-Bipson best Bipson.


Live streamed venue!
A ‘main stage’ will be set up with a webcam overlooking it all that will be constantly streaming. Melbourne Fight Night Fridays Live!


Entry fee will be $10 for the whole night (and morning). No sign up fees for any event, so feel free to join in to whatever you feel like.

 Location: 422 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

Time & Date: Friday 11th July. Doors open 5:30pm. SF4 Ladder begins 7:30pm.

Link to the Facebook event page with further details and be found HERE.

Other Upcoming Events:

Couchwarriors Ranking Battle and EVO viewing party July 13

CHAOZ Video Game Room by CouchWarriors August 23-24 (More info TBC)

CCH casual events fortnightly