Battle Arena Melbourne 9 Event Features Roundup

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CouchWarriors Battle Arena Melbourne 9: A homegrown, global esports event

International stars will play shoulder to shoulder with local heroes at Melbourne Convention Centre this May on the 12th to 14th.

 

Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest fighting game major, and one of the biggest live esports in ANZ, returns for its 9th annual event on May 12-14. Now taking on two bays in the Melbourne Convention Centre to offer both a community experience and a major esports festival – this year is BIG BAM!

 

With Australia and the world’s best players playing across 8 national championship titles including Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros, and multiple side events, BAM is aiming for a third consecutive year of record breaking attendance. The event will host over 1,000 competitors, plus spectators taking in the excitement live, and hundreds of thousands more viewing from home on Twitch.tv.

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BAM9: The largest event Super Smash Bros event in the southern hemisphere

Across two massive stages, CouchWarriors will proudly feature tournaments across both Super Smash Brothers Melee and Smash 4.

The amazing growth in the Smash community sees its epicentre at BAM. The top Australian players will face off, where you will see the best of the best facing off in the biggest tournament this side of the equator.

Smash 4 will feature International guests, the first challenger is SoCal USA’s Nakat, with more to be announced.

 

BAM9 Guest Artist: Chamba (Street Fighter 2, Udon Comics)

 

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We are pleased to announce the return of special guest Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz to Battle Arena Melbourne in 2017!

The artist for Udon Comics’ Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Street Fighter & Street Fighter V : Life and Death(s) of Charlie Nash, he will be appearing both Saturday 13th 11am-5pm, and Sunday 14th May, 11am-3pm.

Chamba, who was a popular guest at BAM 2014 and 2016, will be available to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!

Prize:

Chamba is providing to #BAM9’s prize pool

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

Street Fighter Blank Cover – $50

 

Hit the break to read Chamba’s Bio 

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World Street Fighter Champions Daigo and Infiltration confirmed for #BAM9

Two mighty World Champions of Street Fighter have been confirmed. Both Daigo and Infiltration will be at #BAM9!
Will you be there?

Daigo Umehara also known as The Beast is a multiple title fighting game champion. He won two consecutive EVO World Championships in Street Fighter IV, and famed for this video, EVO Moment 37.

Lee Seon-woo aka Infiltration burst on to the scene during Street Fighter IV and his powerful, methodical play and ability to “download” an opponent’s playstyle and overcome them has led him to dominance and is the first Street Fighter V EVO World Champion. [Video]

More international player reveals to come!

You can register for Battle Arena Melbourne 9 here

Tekken 7 : New Challengers Tournament @ BAM9!

A NEW CHALLENGER APPROACHES!!

Introducing the Tekken 7 : New Challengers Tournament

The perfect opportunity for new players to experience and explore one of the greatest upcoming fighting game experiences.

Classic 1 vs 1 battles return along with new moves and battle mechanics like Rage Arts, Rage Drives and Power Crushes that make gameplay more accessible for players of all skill levels.

The new challengers tournament will be free to enter and there are plenty of prizes to be won.

Love, Revenge, Pride. Each one of us has a reason to fight.
There are no wrong motives, just the paths we choose to take.

When :
Tournament – Friday 12th of May – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Casuals – All Weekend

Cost : 
Entry to the Tekken Area and Tournament Entry for New Challengers is complimentary

 

Thanks to Bandai Namco for supporting BAM9!

 

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Battle Arena Melbourne 9 Cosplay Competition Announced!

We are pleased to announce Battle Arena Melbourne 9’s official cosplay competition! Join us in your best fighting game costume for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Not only is BAM Australia’s biggest fighting game event, it’s a gaming and esports festival, so we would like to invite everyone to appear in character!

 

There’s over $500 in cash and prizes for the Cosplay alone!  Plus, TOP 3 – Priority Pass to OzComicCon Melbourne 

Photography: On the floor of BAM9, we will have a special photo wall and photographer onsite, so there’ll be great shots to come from the event.

Cosplay Changerooms: There will be a dedicated space off-floor for Cosplayers to change.

 

WHAT:
Battle Arena Melbourne 9 Cosplay Competition

When:
May 13-14

 

Cosplay registration:
Just register in person at the Registration Desk.

Event Entry: Only a spectator pass ($20 for weekend) is required.

Registration Ends 3:00PM Sunday
Pre Judging: Starts 4:00PM Sunday
Competition Starts 6:00PM Sunday

Plus Cosplay Parade Saturday (TIME TBC) with spot prizes

Theme:
Fighting Game characters (Has appeared in a fighting game)

 

Where:
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Bays 1&2

Cost:
Spectator pass – $20

PRIZES:

TOP 3 – Priority Pass to OzComicCon Melbourne

1st Place $300 Cash

2nd place $150

3rd place $50

 

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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

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

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

UPDATE: The international champions are coming! Already confirmed are Daigo, Inflitration and Xian.

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 now!

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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