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!

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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.

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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BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 8 TOURNAMENT RESULTS AND VIDEOS

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Battle Arena Melbourne 8 stomps into the history books as the biggest fighting game event ever in Australia, breaking the record set last year with 815 attendees and hitting a peak of 14,000 concurrent viewers during the Street Fighter V finals, this was the most viewed livestream Aus FGC event ever.

Thanks to all the CouchWarriors staff, event partners, and especially players from across multiple fighting game communities that once again made this a special event.

MATCH RESULTS: We’re excited to share the results from each game below

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Melee report: SANick races to BAM8 crown

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Expressive: SANick does not hide his emotions when he plays melee. Photograph ZG/CouchWarriors


IN the shadows of BAM7, with curtains closed on the international saga, Australia’s melee super major ushered in a new storyline this year as the local crowd took centre stage.

There were no ‘gods’ in play, no MIOM top 20 stars, just Australia and New Zealand’s best battling it out for the coveted boxing glove trophy.

In eventual champion Nick ‘SANick’ Siemelink’s mind the script had already been written, all he had to do was follow it.

Forced to ad-lib through the loser’s bracket, following a shock loss to ACT Ice Climber main Wibbles, SANick ultimately arrived at the final act he’d anticipated – a clash of light versus dark – good against evil.

There was nothing coincidental about the South Australian champion’s choice of white when he sat down to Marth ditto Te-Tuhi ‘SIN | Spud’ Kelly in grand finals of BAM8.

As far as he was concerned it was a pre-ordained finale to a story arc harking back two years to when his melee journey began.

“I like my little story arcs in my life. It just felt like it was meant to be I should play the white Marth,” SANick said.

“I spent a lot of time on green and blue Marth and I actually quite like black Marth but I thought at the end of the day there’s going to be a good versus evil battle (against Spud’s black Marth) for the heart of Australia.”

There was never any doubt in his mind as to who the hero of this story was.

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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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