CouchWarriors 2016 End of Year Report

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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 HOSTING FIGHTING GAMES AT PAXAUS! NOV 4-6

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Another year, another huge PAXAus!

CouchWarriors have been called upon once again to host the fighting game section of the Console Tournament area at PaxAus, running through all three days and hosting a wide variety of games to suit any gamer, new or old.

As usual, between tournament sets we are open for learn to play sessions and casual matches. So feel free to take a break between all those panels, cosplaying and indie games to come join in for some competitive fun! Winners for each tournament will receive a limited edition PAXAus medal!

Games Available:

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator
Pokken Tournament
King of Fighters XIV
Super Smash Bros for WiiU
Street Fighter 5
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Direct link to the fighting game schedule can be found here.
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CouchWarriors Annual General Meeting 2016

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It’s time for the CouchWarriors AGM.

When: November 13 at 1PM

Where: 6 Davies St, Brunswick. Masonic Hall.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1779256145696803/

Since we are a non-for-profit organisation, we are required to run this every year and to give one month’s notice to board members and the public.

At the AGM we will discuss an agenda of the following:
-Review of events done this year such as BAM8, ranbats and convention activities
-Financial review
-Review of mission statement and strategies/plans moving forward
-Election of board members: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer.

Our secretary Rory Betteridge will add a detailed agenda based on last year’s AGM agenda soon.

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, we couldn’t do it without you guys.

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

Hope to see you all there!

POKKEN TOURNAMENT AT POKEMON NATIONALS! JULY 2-3

Big news for all you Pokken Tournament fans!

pokken posterWe’re incredibly excited to announce that CouchWarriors, in collaboration with Nintendo Australia and NewGamePlus, will be running the Pokken Tournament gaming area along side this year’s Pokemon VGC Nationals event.

We’ll be hosting casual matches throughout the event, then opening up registration for a double elimination tournament on the Sunday (July 3rd).

Tournament registration opens at 12:30pm and the tournament itself will start at 2:00pm, with the winner taking home some prizes supplied by Nintendo!

FREEPLAY RULES

Winner Stays On – Limit to 3 wins in a row (Then allow two new players on).

Freeplay is only allowed on systems that are not being used for tournament.

TOURNAMENT RULES

In-depth Pokken Tournament game rules can be found here.

Capped 32 man double elimination bracket (If demand is high, a 64 player bracket will be made instead). Please allows for upto 2 hours for a 32 man tournament. If you are unable to stay to play your matches please notify the TO.

Players may use their own controllers, but must remember to desync their wireless controllers between games. Match penalties may apply if an owners wireless controller disrupts another station. WiiU pads will be supplied for free use.

Players may remap their controller settings, but are limited to 30 seconds and may not remap once a game has started.

Basic Ruleset:

  • Matches will be best 2 out of 3 games (First to 2 wins).
  • Only the losing player of the match may swap Pokemon between rounds.
  • Support Pokemon and Cheer skills may be changed by both players between rounds.
  • You may request a “Blind Pick” for your first game of the match.
  • 60 second time limit for Pokemon, Support Pokemon and Cheer skill selection.
  • 10 second time limit for Support Pokemon selection while in-game.
  • Round time is set to default 80 seconds.
  • All Pokemon are legal. Random is legal.
  • All Supports are legal. Random Support is legal.
  • All Cheer skills are legal.
  • Stage is always set to “Ferrum Stadium”.
  • Skill Level and Player Data must be set to OFF and NO accordingly.

LEARN TO PLAY!

At any given time (for a game not currently being run as a tournament), you may ask our friendly CouchWarriors staff members for a basic ‘learn to play’ session to move onwards from button mashing to a competitive playstyle and mindset!

INFORMATION

Entry Cost: Free!!!

When: 2nd & 3rd of July

Where: Melbourne Park Function Centre (Next to the Rod Laver Arena)

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

OFFICIAL STREET FIGHTER V LAUNCH TOURNAMENT – February 20

COUCHWARRIORS Proudly Presents
OFFICIAL STREET FIGHTER V LAUNCH TOURNAMENT
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Supported by Capcom and Playstation 4

Celebrating the launch of Street Fighter V, join us at our major events venue for casual matches, and the first tournament. Who will set the pace for the new era of SFV?

Major prizes for Winners, Runners up, and a range of Participation prizes.

Update – Preregister for the event here

Sponsors:

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Prizes detailed in this post

COUCHWARRIORS RANBATS:

FEBRUARY PREMIUM RANKING BATTLE 2016


– Fighting game tournaments and casuals – ALL Games!
Special event Ranbat at CQ (BAM VENUE) IN THE MELBOURNE CBD!

Note as a premium event there will be a $15 Entry

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles (Ranbat) are a day long fighters festival!
At each Ranbat players can earn ranking points from participating in tournaments, with Prizes and Medals earned at the end of the year!

Event Info

When: SATURDAY February 20th

Where: CQ Functions, 123 Queen St, Melbourne, 3000

Cost: $15 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/213701462314018/

Current Schedule

10am – Doors, Casual play
11am – PM Singles
12pm- Smash 4 doubles
1.30pm- melee doubles
1:30[pm – Guilty Gear Xrd

2:30pm STREET FIGHTER V

3:30pm – MORTAL KOMBAT X
4pm – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
3.30pm- smash 4 singles double elimination
4.30pm- melee singles double elimination
6pm – Rivals of Aether
6:00pm Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

Casuals for more games available!

LIVE STREAM

www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv

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Additional Streams TBC

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER
There is a BYOC / Sticks policy for the event. Our friendly players will often loan a controller, but we ask you to please bring your own!  Also, while we should have enough equipment to run the tournaments, everyone will appreciate anybody who can bring setups for casuals and DIYs.

HOW TO GET THERE

CQ Functions is on Queen St, a short walk up from Melbourne Central train Station, or Flinders St Station.

Upcoming Event Dates

Regular Ranbats will take place at the regular venue Monthly on the 3rd and 4th SATURDAY of every month.

(Except BAM in May and TBC Premium end of year Dec)
Mason Hall, 6 Davies St Brunswick. Subscribe to our Facebook events list and look for updates at www.couchwarriors.org

CCH local casuals January 30

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Chris’ Club House (CCH) is back on this Saturday at the Collingwood Library, for another friendly night of FGC casuals and chillout. For 2016 dates and more details check out the CCH page. If you want a quick video primer of the event check out Burnout’s video of it:

When: January 30 at 3PM till late

Where: Collingwood library, 11 Stanton St, Abbotsford (Next to Collingwood train station)

PLAY STREET FIGHTER V AT RANKING BATTLE AUGUST 22!

Get Ready to RISEUP – we will have a special preview of STREET FIGHTER V at this month’s Ranking Battle event.SF5 Preview

There will be two stations available for players to get a hands on experience in two player offline matches.  It will be the gamescom build, so try Ken and Necalli!

We will be running some house rules to move people through the preview with three matches on, then move to next players for most of the time.  We will also schedule some exhibitions with top players later in the day.

Thank you to Capcom for the opportunity to showcase the new game.

Regular event info follows

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles are a day long fighters festival! Newcomers are welcome as well as tournament veterans.

Each “Ranbat” monthly is a chance to play long sets of casual games for practice, but also earn Ranking Points for the tournament games listed below.  Look for regular updates on the ranking points here on the site.  You can view the current rankings here.

Come play or BYO your setup. Enjoy some casuals or get in your tournament practice going with our structured events.

Event Info

When: SATURDAY AUGUST 22 11am-10pm

Where: Brunswick Masonic Hall 6 Davies St, Brunswick North

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

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/368998999977773/

Current Schedule

Schedule (Subject to change)

11am – Doors, Casual play
11:30am – Super Smash Bros. Wii U doubles
12pm – Super Smash Bros. PM Singles
12pm onward STREET FIGHTER V PREVIEW – CASUALS, EXHIBITIONS
1pm – Super Smash Bros. Melee Doubles
3pm – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
4pm – Guilty Gear Xrd
3pm – MORTAL KOMBAT X
3pm – Super Smash Bros. Wii U Singles
4pm – Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles
3:30pm – 6pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV

 

LIVE STREAM

www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER
There is a BYOC / Sticks policy for the event. Our friendly players will often loan a controller, but we ask you to please bring your run!  Also, while we should have enough equipment to run the tournaments, everyone will appreciate anybody who can bring setups for casuals and DIYs.

HOW TO GET THERE

The venue is a short walk from Moreland Train Station, Sydney Road Tram, and there is ample parking at the venue . It’s just off Sydney Rd, before Moreland Rd.

 

Upcoming Event Dates

 

September
Animaga – Anime and Gaming convention – Melbourne – September 5-6
http://animaga.com.au/

Ozhadou Nationals 13 – Sydney September 11-13
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CouchWarriors Ranking Battle September 19 (Melbourne)(TBC)

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

BAM7 Games list – First Announcement

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Today we are announcing the first list of confirmed games for BAM7.  Battle Arena Melbourne will return on May 22, 23 and 24 at CQ Functions, 123 Queen St Melbourne.  This is promising to be the biggest BAM yet, as we are expanding the floorspace to take over the entire venue with all three function room spaces.

We have many huge announcements to make in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.  Here’s the initial list. These games are either current with new releases or content, or showing up in regular community play:

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Ultra Street Fighter IV

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Mortal Kombat X

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-

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