Capcom Pro Tour 2017 Revealed: BAM9 is a Global Premier Event

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Capcom has revealed details about the 2017 Capcom Pro Tour structure, confirming Battle Arena Melbourne 9 as a Global Premier Event!

Unlike last year, winners of Premier events are not guaranteed entry into the year-ending Capcom Cup, but are awarded a large amount of points towards their place on the CPT Global Leaderboards – 400 points, in fact: as many as getting to the Top 4 at Evolution!

BAM is the one of the largest annual fighting game tournaments in the southern hemisphere, and BAM9 will be our biggest year yet! Be sure to book your ticket soon!

More information about #CPT2017:
http://capcomprotour.com/capcom-pro-tour-2017-details/

Book now for #BAM9:
http://couchwarriors.org/wp/bam9/

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BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 9 Date & Venue Announcement: #BAM9 is going BIG!

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COUCHWARRIORS: BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 9
#BAM9 is going BIG!

As hosts of Australia’s largest fighting game event, and one of the biggest community gaming events in the country, CouchWarriors is proud to make this first announcement.

Each of the last few years has been a record breaker, with over 800 players and spectators enjoying BAM8 last year, we have much more in store in 2017.

Watch the announce video to see why this year’s theme is “BIG BAM”.

Date: May 12, 13 and 14, 2017.
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Hosted in two bays of Melbourne’s famous convention centre, with more space than ever. A major gaming and esports festival for the Fighting Game Community. More BIG announcements to come.

REGISTRATION Available soon

GAME LIST Available soon

Watch this page – http://couchwarriors.org/wp/bam9/

Join the Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1915054368776469/

Hyper Magazine – esports special on sale now featuring Australian Fighting Game scene

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Hyper Magazine, the longest running independent gaming magazine in Australia, has released its quarterly special, with the theme of esports.

The issue features a six page special feature on the Australian fighting game scene by CouchWarriors own Daniel “Berzerk” Chlebowczyk and members of the FGC!

In print at newsagents everywhere now.

The piece features interviews with top players and organisers:
Xavier “Somniac” Nardella (SFV),
Sam “SD” Darroch (Melee),
Adric “Falco” Middleton (SFV),
Jacob “Cabjoy” Bynes (MKX),
Kevin “Burnout” Kim (SFV),
Youssef “FaYd” Faddoul,
Daniel “Spoony” Finegan (CouchWarriors),
Henry “Genxa” Sham (OzHadou)

Plus standalone interviews with Somniac, SD, Berzerk and more.

Here’s a preview shared by Berzerk on Twitter:

 

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COUCHWARRIORS HOSTING FIGHTING GAMES AT OZCOMICCON! JUNE 11-12

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This weekend sees the return of OzcomicCon to Melbourne!  CW_OCC_2016

Among the fun of guests, panels, cosplay and stalls you will find CouchWarriors hosting fighting game casuals and tournaments in the OCC Gaming area.  So come join us to enjoy some gaming at the convention.

We’ll be hosting Learn to Play along with casual matches and tournaments.

Games:

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator
Pokken Tournament
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Super Smash Bros for WiiU
Street Fighter 5
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Here is the schedule, read on for list of games and rules. Click here for live schedule link

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Battle Arena Melbourne 8 This Weekend – Feature roundup!

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CouchWarriors proudly presents Battle Arena Melbourne 8, Australia’s largest fighting game tournament

When: May 13-15, 2016

Where: CQ Functions, 123 Queen St Melbourne.

 

BAM8 returns this weekend for an exciting weekend of top level tournament play and celebration of the fighting game community. The annual Major celebrates the Australian fighting game scene. The Melbourne community is proud to host a national platform for players across the country to come together and compete.

 

With international attention from global leagues Capcom Pro Tour, Dead or Alive Battle Royal, or to compete with our massive Smash Bros community, BAM8 will be one of Australia’s biggest gaming events – not just in fighting games but in all LAN or esports events.

 

After a record breaking 2015, where BAM7 saw 628 attendees play and spectate some incredible moments (BAM7 Results, Photos and Replays), BAM8 is on track to handily surpass it.  At the close of early registration, BAM8 has 574 registered players, which will increase with on day signups and spectators.

(Note: Smash competitor signup is closed. Street Fighter V signups close Friday.)

 

International players are also attending, from 8 top Smash 4 players, and two Street Fighter World Champions, RZR.Xian and EG.Momochi, participating in our Street Fighter V Capcom Pro Tour event.

 

View the Event Trailer (YouTube) Event Trailer (Facebook)

 

Web: http://couchwarriors.org/

Twitter / Facebook #BAM8

 

Summary of the key event features:

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#BAM8 SPECIAL GUEST : JEFFREY “CHAMBA” CRUZ – UDON COMICS ARTIST

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We are pleased to announce the return of special guest Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz to Battle Arena Melbourne in 2016!

The artist for Udon Comics’ Street Fighter Unlimited will be appearing both Saturday 14th 11am-5pm, and Sunday 15th May, 11am-3pm.

Chamba, who was a popular guest at BAM 2014, will be available to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!

To browse through his fantastic art visit theCHAMBA.com

Follow Chamba on Instagram and Twitter

For a hint of what Chamba will be working on for fans at, browse his website or Instagram above to see recent art including amazing Free Comic Book Day sketches.

Prices:

Black & White Single character Headshot Commissions:

A6 postcard – $10

A5 Headboard – $30

Blank Cover – $40

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Prize:

Chamba is providing to #BAM8’s prize pool a one custom colour and one black and white piece illustrated on Limited Gold Foil UDON Street Fighter Unlimited #1 blank sketch cover!

 

Hit the break to read Chamba’s Bio 

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BAM8 is a Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Battle Royal: Worldwide Tournament Qualifier

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CouchWarriors is proud to announce another international pro tour is joining forces with Battle Arena Melbourne 8 for its event on May 13-15, 2016.

Battle Royal is the official worldwide tournament circuit for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, in which each event in the circuit offers a major prize bonus and official sponsorship to the Battle Royal world finals.

This is the first time Battle Royal gone global, with BAM8 one of only two international tournaments included in the prestigious circuit.  Thanks to the generous prize pool, DOA5LR at BAM8 will be a free entry tournament.  Get practicing!

Prizes and International sponsorship

Team Ninja are supporting this tournament with a $1,000 Prize Bonus
The 1st place winner of Dead or Alive 5 will receive player sponsorship of flight, hotel, venue and entry to December’s NEC XVIII finals in the USA

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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Free Entry tournament at BAM8

With such an amazing prize pool and international opportunity on offer, CouchWarriors has made DOA5LR a FREE entry tournament!  (Venue entry to BAM8 is still required)

Players of all levels are welcome to experience the fun of competition or just to participate and enjoy the game with a great community.

UPDATE – Ebabil Guney wins DOA5LR at BAM8

Fantastic effort by Ebabil, winning his first major in a huge tournament with the most competitive top 8 in Aus DOA5 history, after fighting through a 41 player pool.

Watch the final match:

Full BAM8 Event results

Battle Royal Official Website

Thank you to Team Ninja for their incredible support. Follow them:

Dead or Alive FacebookTeam Ninja Twitter

Join the Australian DOA Community on Facebook | DOA Community site FreeStepDodge

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Street Fighter V Launch Feb 20 – Prizes

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Celebrating the launch of Street Fighter V, join us at our major events venue for casual matches, and the first tournament.

Here are the full details of the event. You can preregister at this link

Now lets talk prizes!

1st Place:

  • Chun Li Statue
  • Plantronics RIG500 headset
  • SFV Merchandise incl: bag, key ring, t-shirt and 2x post cards
  • 60% of cash prize pot

2nd Place:

  • Plantronics RIG500 headset
  • SFV Merchandise incl: bag, key ring, t-shirt and 2x post cards
  • 30% of cash prize pot

 

3rd Place:

  • SFV Merchandise incl: bag, key ring, t-shirt and 2x post cards
  • 10% of cash prize pot

Plus x3 copies of the game and more of the above prizes for participation

Thanks to Capcom Australia and Plantronics Gaming for the prize giveaways

Thanks to Playstation and Benq for equipment support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR CAPCOM PRO TOUR: COUCHWARRIORS’ BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 8 AND OZHADOU NATIONALS 14

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FEBRUARY 10, 2016 – Today Capcom, ahead of launching Street Fighter V, announced its Capcom Pro Tour event circuit.  CouchWarriors’ eighth annual Battle Arena Melbourne, Australia’s largest competitive fighting game event, and the fourteenth OzHadou Nationals (Sydney), Australia’s longest running competitive fighting game event, will both be Ranking Events on the international esports series, the Capcom Pro Tour, putting Australia’s best fighting game players in the global spotlight.

By earning Ranking Points at BAM8, OHN14 and other Capcom Pro Tour Ranking Events, competitors can qualify for a place in the prestigious Capcom Cup Finals at the end of the year. In addition, winners of Street Fighter V at each event will be sent to the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals in South Korea; the winner of this CPT Premier event will earn a direct qualification to the Capcom Cup Finals.

The Capcom Cup, in its fourth year, has showcased the best of the best in Street Fighter, with past champions including renowned players Naoto Sako, Yusuke Momochi and “Kazunoko” Ryota Inoue. All three have made appearances in Australia before, so only time will tell what sort of international talent the promise of CPT ranking points might bring to Melbourne and Sydney this year, and which local champions will rise up to challenge the best in the world.

If you’re looking for your own piece of the action, you can register for Battle Arena Melbourne 8, to be held at CQ Functions in Melbourne on May 13-15, and look forward to news regarding OzHadou Nationals 14 in Sydney, closer to its date of August 26-28.  

As part of the wider Australian fighting game community, both CouchWarriors and OzHadou strive to make new players welcome, and host a range of events for players to enjoy and level up their game.

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About CouchWarriors:  CouchWarriors Inc. is a not for profit association created to energise the fighting game community. Starting in 2006 as an informal community group, it created an event series for social play and ranking battles which serves as the heart of the Melbourne scene. The project has blossomed into large events like the major annual, Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), providing tournament services, support and resources for industry including major events such as PAX Australia, and ongoing support to community companion events.

 

About OzHadou:  OzHadou is a group passionate about bringing together fighting gamers throughout Australia. Since its founding in 2001, OzHadou has been establishing connections between fighting gamers nationwide. As the chief fighting game body in Sydney, the OzHadou team has developed extensive tournament experience which culminates annually in the OzHadou Nationals (OHN), Australia’s first and longest running fighting game major, where the nation’s best gather to compete for the coveted title of “OHN champion”.

 

For more information:

contact@couchwarriors.org                     Team@ozhadou.net

www.couchwarriors.org                     www.ozhadou.net

www.facebook.com/couchwarriors           www.facebook.com/ozhadou

www.twitter.com/couchwarriors               www.twitter.com/ozhadou

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