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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March ’17 Ranking Points Update

Every month at the CouchWarriors Ranking Battles, the results are tallied and at the end of the year, we’ll celebrate our most consistent placers with a top of table medal.

Here are the Top 3 in each game after March’s Ranbat.
Take a look at the Results Section for the full total.

RoA Points Smash64 Points Melee Points Smash4 Points ProjectM Points
SNC 30 Pete 20 Dekar 28 Snugs 18 Tyler 30
Jet 18 Indefa 20 Fess 20 Ghost 16 Dekar 24
Neeson 16 Mitch 20 SANick 10 Extra 16 Nido 16
SF5 Points DOA5U Points GGXrd Points KoF Points
Somniac 30 AlexMD 26 Feri 26 Somniac 16
Reepuplzorg 18 Berzerk 24 Javi 24 Sketch 16
Zed 12 Ebabil 10 Julian 16 Toxy 10

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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

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!

 

February ’17 Ranking Points Update

Every month at the CouchWarriors Ranking Battles, the results are tallied and at the end of the year, we’ll celebrate our most consistent placers with a top of table medal.

Here are the Top 3 in each game after February’s Ranbat.
Take a look at the Results Section for the full total.

RoA Points Smash64 Points Melee Points Smash4 Points ProjectM Points
SNC 20 Pete 20 Dekar 18 Ghost 16 Tyler 20
Jet 16 Indefa 14 Fess 14 Jdizzle 12 Dekar 16
Osu 10 Mitch 12 SANick 10 Extra 10 Nido 12
SF5 Points DOA5U Points GGXrd Points KoF Points
Somniac 20 AlexMD 18 Javi 18 Toxy 10
Reepuplzorg 10 Berzerk 14 Feri 16 Somniac 8
Burnoutfighter 10 Ebabil 10 Julian 14 Sketch 6

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