TEKKEN 7 TO SHOWCASE AT BAM 9, MAY 12-14 AT MELBOURNE EXHIBITION CENTRE

Press Release

TEKKEN 7 TO SHOWCASE AT BAM 9, MAY 12-14 AT MELBOURNE EXHIBITION CENTRE

Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest fighting game major, and one of the biggest live E-sports 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 E-sports festival – this year is BIG BAM!

TEKKEN 7, which is due for release on June 2, will be showcased at BAM 9, giving everyone the opportunity to play the game before release.  Bandai Namco Entertainment has come together with Couchwarriors to sponsor the event and is exhibiting 46 TEKKEN 7 setups, including a range of PS4 and PC, to enable as much free play and competition fun as possible across the three day event.

 

New to BAM9 is the option of FREE entry for ‘casual’ players of TEKKEN 7 and entrants to the ‘Newcomers’ competition on Friday evening.  “With TEKKEN 7 releasing in under a month’s time, we are extremely happy to be involved in E-Sports at BAM 9 with Couchwarriors to enable consumers to play TEKKEN 7 free of charge and to experience E-sports as the growing phenomenon it is in Australia”, says Stephen O’Leary, Product Manager and Bandai Namco Entertainment.

 

“The CouchWarriors team is exceptionally happy to have the support of Bandai Namco to help showcase TEKKEN 7 in its final build weeks before release. As part of a huge community effort that will make BAM9 one of the biggest E-sports events of the year, for the whole fighting game scene it is fantastic to see the mighty TEKKEN return in such strong fashion. From local heroes to international Tekken legends SAINT and JDCR who are coming to the event, this will be an epic way to kick off the next era of TEKKEN!” says Daniel Chlebowczyk of the CouchWarriors Organising Committee.

 

On hand during the BAM9 weekend event will be members of the Sydney and Melbourne TEKKEN communities to help newcomers get accustomed with TEKKEN 7’s mechanics and characters, with hands on demonstrations and Tutorials. Samsung and Scorptec Computers have partnered with Bandai Namco Entertainment to showcase TEKKEN 7 in 4K on PC on the latest PC monitors and an incredible 88 inch 4K TV, which really deliver TEKKEN 7’s Unreal 4 graphics with stunning clarity.

 

Bandai Namco Entertainment has provided an extra $2000 prize money for the main Tekken 7 Tournament and all entrants will receive a FREE TEKKEN 7 T shirt. In addition there will be posters, prizes and exclusive TEKKEN 7 items being given away during the course of the weekend.

 

With Five stages of major and side tournaments across many gaming communities, alongside Cosplay, Artists, and Vendor booths, BAM9 has something for every gaming fan.

 

What: Battle Arena Melbourne 9 #BAM9

When: Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, (Bay 1&2)

 

More Info: www.CouchWarriors.org. Follow updates on the Facebook Event

Trailer: BAM9 Trailer

 

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

 

Share the Facebook Post Here

BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 9 Date & Venue Announcement: #BAM9 is going BIG!

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/

BAM8 is a Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Battle Royal: Worldwide Tournament Qualifier

CouchWarriors is proud to announce another international pro tour is joining forces with Battle Arena Melbourne 8 for its event on May 13-15, 2016.

Battle Royal is the official worldwide tournament circuit for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, in which each event in the circuit offers a major prize bonus and official sponsorship to the Battle Royal world finals.

This is the first time Battle Royal gone global, with BAM8 one of only two international tournaments included in the prestigious circuit.  Thanks to the generous prize pool, DOA5LR at BAM8 will be a free entry tournament.  Get practicing!

Prizes and International sponsorship

Team Ninja are supporting this tournament with a $1,000 Prize Bonus
The 1st place winner of Dead or Alive 5 will receive player sponsorship of flight, hotel, venue and entry to December’s NEC XVIII finals in the USA

battleroyale2016

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Free Entry tournament at BAM8

With such an amazing prize pool and international opportunity on offer, CouchWarriors has made DOA5LR a FREE entry tournament!  (Venue entry to BAM8 is still required)

Players of all levels are welcome to experience the fun of competition or just to participate and enjoy the game with a great community.

UPDATE – Ebabil Guney wins DOA5LR at BAM8

Fantastic effort by Ebabil, winning his first major in a huge tournament with the most competitive top 8 in Aus DOA5 history, after fighting through a 41 player pool.

Watch the final match:

Full BAM8 Event results

Battle Royal Official Website

Thank you to Team Ninja for their incredible support. Follow them:

Dead or Alive FacebookTeam Ninja Twitter

Join the Australian DOA Community on Facebook | DOA Community site FreeStepDodge

Read more

AUSTRALIAN EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR CAPCOM PRO TOUR: COUCHWARRIORS’ BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 8 AND OZHADOU NATIONALS 14

ProTour_2016_Logo_ASIA_ Small

 

CouchWarriors logo ozhadou logo

 

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.

cpt blog banner

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

2015 Season of Fighting Game Events

Announcing the CouchWarriors schedule of events for 2015! We had a brilliant 2014 with fantastic ranking battle attendances each month, a gangbusters national event in BAM6. We also added Meet N Mash Friday weeklies in the city and hosted tournaments at events like CHAOZ, ANIMAGA and of course PAX AUSTRALIA.

We’re proud to be supporting the fighting game community and looking forward to a fun fighting game filled 2015! We hope to see you at one of these events to compete, learn to play or just have some great sets in your favourite games.

RANKING BATTLES – MONTHLY TOURNAMENTS

We can confirm the first SIX MONTHS of 2015 tournament dates have been booked, on a Saturday every month at our regular Brunswick hall venue just off Sydney road, next to convenient train and tram transport and plenty of parking.

Dates

Jan 24th – Facebook Event available here
Feb 21st
Mar 21st
Apr 18th
May 22,23,24: BAM7 (No Ranbat)
Jun 20th (Tentative)

Players can earn ranking points from participating in tournaments. See last year’s final rankings here

Prizes and medals! We’ll do the same this year. There may be prizes at some of the monthlies as well in addition to the pot prizes. Stay tuned.

MEET N MASH – FRIDAYS WEEKLY IN THE CBD

Join us weekly for fighting game casuals in the Melbourne CBD, at MoeMall Hobby Shop in Bourke St (Near McDonalds)
Find the schedule and info here and watch the CouchWarriors facebook page for regular invites

CCH – FORTNIGHTLY CASUALS

The fortnightly casuals event CCH continues every second Saturday at Collingwood Library in Abbotsford
Find the schedule and more info here

BAM7: BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 7 – MAY 22, 23, 24

The Melbourne community major event, and one of Australia’s main National tournaments, BAM returns. It will once again
be at the CQ Functions Room on Queen and Collins st, Melbourne. We’ve got big plans to entertain the whole community, plus it’s a big year for fighters
with new releases.
For a refresh on some of the great things that happened at last year’s BAM, check out:
Six Reasons You Can’t Miss BAM6
BAM6 Media Wrapup
BAM6 Results and Awards

Community help and volunteering:

We’re all volunteers and always appreciate help from people who want to contribute, which in turn helps the whole community. Want to take part and help keep these great events running?

Volunteers are always welcome and needed, from an extra pair of hands transporting or unpacking gear at ranking battles to running brackets and spreading the word
about each event.

Just bringing your friends to play your favourite game is a big help!

CouchWarriors Committee and Roles:

As a not for profit community organisation, we have a committee and elected official positions. We would like to announce the 2015 officer positions, and some highlight community roles.

Officer positions:
Secretary
Rory Betteridge
Treasurer
Michael “Javi” Thai
President/Chair
Daniel “Berzerk” Chlebowczyk

Further community heads are to be announced as part of the Ranking Battle and BAM organising team. First, we are pleased to announce our head TO for BAM

Battle Arena Melbourne Head Tournament Organiser:
Daniel “Spoony” Finegan

Look forward to more announcements and community initiatives. To enquire about events, community support, volunteering, or sponsorship of BAM and other events, please contact:

Web: CouchWarriors.org
Email: contact@couchwarriors.org
Facebook.com/CouchWarriors
Twitter.com/CouchWarriors