Published on May 31st, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning


BAM, the national fighting game championship now brings the world back to Australia: Street Fighter 6, Tekken World Tour, Arc World Tour, and the best in Smash Ultimate feature on June 9-11th at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

In May 2022 BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne) showed Australian esports is back as the first major live gaming and esports event to return, and the players responded heartily with a fantastic event which 1,000 players attended. Watch the BAM 2022 wrapup trailer

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Now BAM in 2023 sees the return of world tour events and the debut of Street Fighter 6, which has already registered more players to compete then any in the Street Fighter V era. Running one week after launch, BAM is an official Capcom approved tournament, and there will be a Street Fighter 6 experience zone for new players and spectators.

Tekken World Tour returns to Australia as BAM hosts a Master Event, and world class Tekken players have registered to take the all important points on the TWT leaderboard and a $5,000 cash prize.

Likewise, for the first time in Australia, the Arc World Tour at BAM will be a Qualifier for Guilty Gear Strive – the winning player will qualify for the Arc World Tour in Los Angeles.

A community event at heart, not only is there a tournament for every fighting flavour, including major titles Super Smash Bros, DragonBall FighterZ, Mortal Kombat, and more.

Not only for tournament players, there will be plenty for Spectators in the Freeplay Zone and an Artist Alley section to enjoy.  A major tournament, a community and cultural staple for gamers, BAM must attend for fighting game fans nationwide and indeed around the world.

International players of note who are signed up include Tekken masters KNEE (EVO and BAM champion), Chanel, Rest and Ulsan from South Korea, while Japan’s Pinya, Rangchu and Thailand’s Book also appear, among others. On the Guilty Gear and Street Fighter pro side, Saudi Arabia’s Latif (EVO Strive winner and Street Fighter grand finalist) will be attending BAM.

International commentators Markman and Pochspice will help call the Tekken World Tour action.

As part of CouchWarriors League, which encompasses live and online events around the nation, the points table reveals the top players to watch in key titles vying for the status of national champion.

Returning local BAM champions to look for include Super Smash Bros Ultimate: JDizzle; Tekken 7: Hangman Kid; Street Fighter V: ROF; Guilty Gear Strive: Tito_Ed

Catch the live action at the official Tekken World Tour and Arc System Works channels, alongside CouchWarriors Twitch and CouchWarriors Smash Twitch.


About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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