CouchWarriors 2017 Annual General Meeting

Date: October 1 Sunday
Time: 1PM-5PM
Venue: 6 Davies Street Library Room
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748729842095423/

It’s time for the CouchWarriors Annual General Meeting.

CouchWarriors Mission Statement:

CouchWarriors is a non-for-profit association that was created in 2006 to help grow the Melbourne Fighting Game Community. We aim to do this by providing services and events for the community such as: creating welcoming spaces for new and veteran players to learn and play, running monthly ranking tournaments, hosting our national-level tournament Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), and providing support and resources for companion events in the community.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM is open to the public, if you feel like you would like to be a part of CouchWarriors and to help out with tournaments and building up the fighting game community in Melbourne, please feel free to come along. Our scene is built on the passion and dedication of volunteers and organisers.

CouchWarriors is an open, egalitarian group run by a committee formed of community members. Anyone is welcome to attend regular meetings and have input into the direction of events like BAM.

Nominations:

2017 Officer positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasure) are determined at Annual General Meeting via nomination/election. First Round of Nominations are to be received 2 weeks before event (Nominees can make themselves known in the CouchWarriors Committee private group, or email us at contact@couchwarriors.org).
Not renominating: Daniel “Spoony” Finegan as President.

At the AGM we will discuss an agenda of the following:
-Review of events done this year such as BAM9, ranbats and convention activities
-Financial review
-Review of mission statement and strategies/plans moving forward
-Election of board members
-Procedural review such as ranbat roster/setup
-Review of structure and roles

The secretary will add a detailed agenda based on last year’s AGM agenda soon.

The AGM will be held at 6-8 Davies Street, in the meeting room at the back of the Masonic Hall (Same as the venue of our ranbats, different room).

Hope to see you all there!

CouchWarriors July 22nd Ranbat – Smash 4 and RoA

Hi guys, the Melee+PM+FGC games CouchWarriors ranbat was last week, this Saturday is the ranbat for Smash 4 and Rivals of Aether.

Come for a full day of tournament fun and friendlies.


When: Saturday 22nd of July – 10am-10pm
Where: Brunswick Masonic Hall 6 Davies St, Brunswick North VIC 3056
Cost each day: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442637635831069/
HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE:
1. Make an account with smash.gg
2. visit https://smash.gg/tournament/couchwarriors-july-ranking-battle-smash-4-roa

Schedule:

In the event that we have enough setups (NOTE: Rivals of Aether will not run if there are not enough sign ups)

10:30am – Doubles signups close
11am – Doubles bracket begins
1pm – Singles Sign ups Close
2pm – Singles Pools
Pro Smash 4 Bracket Starts when both waves finish
2:30pm – Rivals of Aether Bracket begins (Sign up at Venue before start time)


Schedule: In the event that we don’t have setups
10:30am – Doubles signups close
11am – Doubles bracket begins
1pm – Singles Sign ups Close
2pm – Singles Double Elimination
2:30pm – Rivals of Aether Bracket begins (Sign up at Venue before start time)


Please remember that the Smash 4 ranbat always falls on the third Saturday of the month, and the FGC+Melee Ranbat falls on the second Saturday.

Remember to also checkout the June CouchWarrior ranking points leaders as you compete at this ranbat! Win prizes and medals at the end of the year.

This ranking table is helpfully collated by our Sarah Morris every month, so thanks Sarah!

 

Battle Arena Melbourne 9 Afterparty announced!

CouchWarriors is excited to announce that the official BAM9 Afterparty will be held at the 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 14 at 7PM so you can walk out of MCEC immediately after BAM9 finals day ends and straight into the afterparty venue! We will have drinks till late together with multiple setups there for your drunken team matches or moneymatches.

Relax over dinner and discuss your BAM weekend, play ping pong, and enjoy good company and drinks by the Melbourne city skyline. Read more

CouchWarriors March Ranbats: 18th (Melee+FGC) & 25th (Smash 4+RoA)

CouchWarriors Ranbats return this March!

Here are the details for this month’s ranbats.

CouchWarriors 18th of March Melee+ Traditional Fighters ranbat

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1839973752954682/

Location: 6-8 Davies Street

Cost: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Preregister: https://smash.gg/tournament/couchwarriors-march-ranking-battle-melee-pm-and-fgc-games

Schedule: 

10am – Doors, Casual play
11am – PM Singles
12.30pm – Melee Doubles
2pm – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
2pm – King Of Fighters XIV
2:30pm – Melee Singles Pools (2 waves)
3pm – Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator (Free)
4pm – Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
5pm – 7pm – Streetfighter V
Top 32 Melee Bracket Start when both waves finish

CouchWarriors 25th of March Smash 4 + Rivals of Aether

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1801113033489409/

Location: 6-8 Davies Street

Cost: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Preregister: https://smash.gg/tournament/couchwarriors-march-ranking-battle-smash-4-roa

Schedule:

In the event that we have enough setups (NOTE: Rivals of Aether will not run if there are not enough sign ups)

10:30am – Doubles signups close
11am – Singles Sign ups Close
11am – Doubles bracket begins
2pm – Singles Pools (Top 32 Will start 30 minutes after pools are done)
2:30pm – Rivals of Aether Bracket begins (Sign up at Venue before start time)

Schedule: In the event that we don’t have setups for RoA

10:30am – Doubles signups close
11am – Singles Sign ups Close
11am – Doubles bracket begins
2pm – Singles Double Elimination
2:30pm – Rivals of Aether Bracket begins (Sign up at Venue before start time)

Updated Ranbat points rankings can be found here.

See you guys there for an exciting day of tournament fun!

 

BAM9 Full games list and registration is live!

The full game list for Battle Arena Melbourne 9, Melbourne’s annual fighting game major has now been released!

Main Games

BAM9 Games

Side Games

BAM9_SideEvents_4

Note: SFV teams will be on Friday night, Pokemon style 3v3 format and have a 32 team cap.

And Pre-registration is now live at SmashGG.

(Pre-registration is $50 venue entry, pre-registration closes two weeks before the event and on the day entry will be $60.
Registration for Smash WiiU and Melee is pre-registration only. All other on-the-day registration for games must be done one hour before the game’s first pool starts.)

If you wish to join the event as a spectator, you are more than welcome! It’s only $20 for the entire weekend to take in the event.

CouchWarriors February Ranbats: 18th (Melee+FGC) & 25th (Smash 4+RoA)

CouchWarriors Ranbats return this February!

Just a reminder that we will stick to this format for the entire year:

3rd Saturday of the month: Melee + Traditionals Fighters Ranbat (e.g. SFV, MKX, GGXrd, DOA5, KOFXIV)

4th Saturday of the month: Smash 4 + Rivals of Aether

Here are the details for this month’s ranbats.

CouchWarriors 18th of February Melee+ Traditional Fighters ranbat

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666377263654815/

Location: 6-8 Davies Street

Preregister: https://smash.gg/tournament/couchwarriors-february-ranking-battle-melee-pm-and-fgc-games

Cost: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Schedule: 

10am – Doors, Casual play
11am – PM Singles
12.30pm – Melee Doubles
2pm – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
2pm – King Of Fighters XIV
2:30pm – Melee Singles Pools (2 waves)
3pm – Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator (Free)
4pm – Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
5pm – 7pm – Streetfighter V
Top 32 Melee Bracket Start when both waves finish

CouchWarriors 25th of February Smash 4 + Rivals of Aether

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1670173219947208/

Location: 6-8 Davies Street

Preregister: https://smash.gg/tournament/couchwarriors-february-ranking-battle-melee-pm-and-fgc-games

Cost: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Schedule:

In the event that we have enough setups (NOTE: Rivals of Aether will not run if there are not enough sign ups)

10:30am – Doubles signups close
11am – Singles Sign ups Close
11am – Doubles bracket begins
2pm – Singles Pools (Top 32 Will start 30 minutes after pools are done)
2:30pm – Rivals of Aether Bracket begins (Sign up at Venue before start time)

Schedule: In the event that we don’t have setups for RoA

10:30am – Doubles signups close
11am – Singles Sign ups Close
11am – Doubles bracket begins
2pm – Singles Double Elimination
2:30pm – Rivals of Aether Bracket begins (Sign up at Venue before start time)

Updated Ranbat points rankings can be found here.

See you guys there for an exciting day of tournament fun!

 

CouchWarriors 2016 End of Year Report

CouchWarriors AGM held at Brunswick Masonic Center, Sunday November 13, 2016


Attending Committee:

Darren Taing, Daniel Finegan (Spoony), Chee Seng Siow (Muttons), George Karakasidis, Aaron Borg (Borgie),  Javi, Daniel Chlebowczyk  (Berzerk), Sarah Morris, Emma Cameron, Anthony Albert Schweitzer Ducusin (Tones), David Lewis, Alex Scott, Will Smith, Lee Thomas Godwin (Light)

Apologies:  Jason O’Callahan, Kevin Kim (Burnout), Kris Staltare, Jack Gorman, Ignis, Rory Betteridge


New members: Emma Cameron

Contents

1: Introduction to attending CW Board:

2: Elections: committee positions

3: Financial Report

4: BAM8 (Battle Arena Melbourne)

5. 2016 CouchWarriors Ranbat Season

6: Outreach event

7. What the future holds?

8: THANK YOU to:


1: Introduction to attending CW Board:

  • Michael Thai “Javi”: Acting Treasurer, anime guy, pushing GG. Looks after bank accounts, signs off on expenditure. Drives van for BAM and CQ events.
  • Daniel Chlebowczyk “Berzerk”: Looks after 3D games (DOA) and VF. Previous president and always been doing PR and marketing. Works in game industries, passing on Sponsorship/PR manager role to Jason.
  • Sarah Morris: Smash TO. Does a lot of registration desk duty, ranking battle reports, “bouncer and stats”.
  • Emma Cameron: (New) Interested in learning more about the competitive FGC. AIE games programming studying. Graduate lawyer. Loves e-sports and sports, wants to see what we got.
  • Anthony Albert Schweitzer Ducusin “Tones”: Equipment manager, does stock takes and labelling and sorting. Makes sure things happen here, streamlines equipment and events and very interested in social media stuff.
  • David Lewis: Representing NGP+ a tv show that talks about video games and pop culture, long-time liaison with CW. Does trailers, stream stuff, graphics. NGP also looking at assisting with affiliation and sponsorship.
  • Darren Taing “Dreadtech”: Acting Vice-President. Head of all Smash, started volunteering for smash and started running the whole thing because everyone is too lazy. Main Smash GG liaison and chief Melee Guy.
  • Daniel Finegan “Spoony”: Acting President. Does a lot of SF stuff and is the main logistics/organisational guy behind ranbats and BAM. Usually ends up being BAM director. Handles scheduling, brackets, seedings, pre-registration. Also former secretary.
  • Chee Seng Siow “Muttons”: Runs CCH (fortnightly casuals FGC meetup), nags people a lot, produces lots of media pieces and does event posting/social media. Capcom TO and former secretary.
  • George Karakasidis: Take charge of convention stuff, helps out at events and CCH. Main Pokken TO. Former Moemall TO.
  • Aaron Borg “Borgie”: George’s right hand when it comes to convention stuff, DOA guy.
  • Alex Scott: Mostly Melee, helps Darren. Smash stuff, proactive on venue exploration. Great with marketing and strategy.
  • Lee Thomas Godwin: Known as “Light.” Started helping as TO in March with Smash 4. Works for Jack who works for Darren. Wants to be content manager for website.
  • Jack Gorman: Main Smash 4 TO and ranbat coordinator. Was in hospital so did not attend AGM. Ignis his main officer is not here. Runs Smash @ Swanston.

2. Elections: committee positions

President: Daniel Finegan “Spoony” (unanimous)

Vice President: Darren Taing “Dreadtech” (unanimous)

Treasurer: Michael Thai “Javi” (unanimous)

Secretary: Chee Seng Siow “Muttons” (unanimous) (Rory did not nominate this year)

Secretarial Understudy: Sarah Morris

Ranbat Coordinator: Sarah and Jack Gorman (Main Smash 4 TO)

Web Content Manager: Lee Thomas Godwin (Light)

Sponsorship/PR manager: Jason O’Callahan

 

General Committee:

  • Matthew Allsop “Ignis”
  • Gab Ferrada
  • Rory Betteridge
  • James Brewer “Brewtality”
  • George Karakasidis
  • Kris Staltare
  • Brendon Watson (Founder of CW)
  • Anthony Albert Schweitzer Ducusin “Tones”
  • Jason Lee Mustapic
  • Edison Phuc Nguyen
  • Kenneth Chan
  • Dom Hynes
  • Will Smith
  • Daniel Chlebowczyk
  • Kevin Burnout Kim
  • Attila Baranyay
  • Baraa Tebeileh
  • James Brewer “Brewtality”
  • Josh Southern “Jash”

For more information about CouchWarriors and to see our entire roster click here.

3. Financial Report

Overall in 2016, Couch Warriors has spent more money than we have received this year reducing our savings year-to-year. This is mainly due to all the assets we have invested into the community for it to grow.

Some examples of the gear that we have bought in 2016 for the community:

* All Smash 4 stream gear including a stream laptop

* All Melee with stream gear including a stream laptop

* Over 10 community monitors, 10 Wii Us, and additional PS4s

We are open to the public’s opinion on how to best spend money to help support and build the community & scene.

4. BAM8 (Battle Arena Melbourne) 8

  • Attendance: 800 in total 641 paying competitors
  • Concurrent Stream Viewers: >14,000
  • Total Stream Views: >130, 000
  • CPT Ranking Event
  • Held at CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne

Games:

Main Games
Super Smash Bros 4 Singles/Teams Super Smash Bros Melee Singles/Teams Street Fighter V
Mortal Kombat X Ultra Street Fighter IV Guilty Gear Xrd
Dead or Alive 5 Blazblue: CPE Tekken 7
Side tournaments
Super Street Fighter II Turbo Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Free tournaments
Beyblade Pokken Tournament

For more information and results on BAM8 click here.

5. 2016 CouchWarriors Ranbat Season

  • February SFV Launch Ranbat at CQ attendance: 307
  • December End of Year Ranbat at CQ attendance: 257
  • Attendance: Average 210 people per monthly ranbat combining FGC+Melee ranbat and Smash 4 Ranbat.
  • Schedule: To remain the same in 2017, FGC+Melee ranbat on third Saturday of the month and Smash 4 on the fourth Saturday of the month.
  • Where: 6 Davies St, Brunswick.

For full 2016 CouchWarriors ranbat points and ranking click here.

6. Outreach events

  • Hosting Fighting Game section at PAX Aus all 3 days Nov 4-6
  • Running Video Gaming area at Animaga convention Aug 27-28
  • Hosting Fighting Game casuals and tournaments at OzcomicCon OCC Gaming area June 11-12
  • Ran Pokken Tournament at Pokemon Nationals in collaboration with NewGame+ and Nintendo Australia July 2-3
  • Supporting Over9k tournaments run by Chris Ho
  • Supporting community event “CCH” with social media marketing

7. What the future holds?

  • Big BAM 9 information coming soon (May 2017)
  • CouchWarriors Ten Year Anniversary!
  • More information on Ranbat End-of-Season prizes and monthly Ranbat door prizes/giveaways
  • More outreach and events especially to support new games coming out in 2017 like Tekken 7.

8. THANK YOU to:

  • New Game Plus
  • “Spidercarnage”
  • Andrew J. Walton
  • Duong Thieu Nguyen “ZGnoud”
  • Youssef Faddoul “FayD”
  • Steve from Namco Bamdai
  • Jason Lee Mustapic “Duon”
  • Yehya El-Liessy “Yehya”
  • Finn Jamieson “Haiku”
  • Charmaine Tan “Gossip girl”
  • Xavier Harding “Revax”
  • Matt “Danog” Joyce
  • Vincent  “Forte” Lim
  • David “Dekar” Moore
  • Dylan “SNC” Lake
  • Cailan Kingsbury
  • Azri Johari
  • Daniel Di Battista “DD”
  • Dean Eddy
  • Abi Ji
  • Dayne Crawley
  • Darcy Higgins
  • Kyle Jensen
  • Izzago Dearnaley
  • Kris Dabrowski
  • Alex Mitchell-Dawson
  • Josh Southern
  • Callum Diamond
  • Chris Ho
  • Harold Arquiza
  • David Lee “Kyokugen”
  • Tom Lee of Team Ninja
  • Bradley D-Yoshii Jolly
  • Steven Nguyen “Xarv”
  • Andrew Pettigrew “VITRIOL the Demonslayer”
  • PAX AUS team
  • Animaga team

 

A BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers, helpers and friendly people! We love you and everything we do is not possible without your generosity and support.


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CouchWarriors 2017 Ranbats are back!

CouchWarriors ranbats are back in 2017! The traditional fighters + Melee ranbat will be on the 21st of JanuaryAnd we have the Smash 4 + Rivals of Aether July Ranbat on the 28th of January. Come for a day of tournament excitement and casuals – place well in the ranbat season and win medals and prizes at the end of the year!

Be sure to check which weekend coincides with the games that you play:

Time: 10:00am – late
Location: 6 Davies St, Brunswick North, VIC 3056
Entry Fee: $10 plus tournaments

Official Facebook event pages: 

CW Traditional Fighters+Melee Jan Ranbat – Jan 21st

CW Smash 4 Jan Ranbat – Jan 28th

CouchWarriors December FINAL Ranbat results!

We had an amazing ranbat to cap off the year – thanks to the guys over at the Virtual Fighting Championship studio we were able to book both rooms at the CQ. (Essentially the entire BAM8 venue). We had 257 registered players, door prizes, medals and prizes for the ranking battle season winners, Virtual Reality fighting game tournaments, livestreams and games all night. Thanks to everybody for coming and click below for the full results! Read more

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