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Gaming peripheral company Astro Gaming recently announced that it had appointed Bluemouth Interactive as its distributor for gaming accessories in the Australia and New Zealand region.
Previously, Astro equipment was only available to local customers who were willing to purchase directly from the company's website. Unfortunately, in many cases, the high cost of shipping negated savings made because of the weak US dollar. Bluemouth Interactive's existing partnerships with retailers, including EB Games, Target, and JB Hi-Fi, means that local gamers will be able to buy in-store and start listening immediately without waiting for delivery. Full pricing for the range is listed below.
The Astro A50 wireless headset: available in July for A$349.95 RRP
The Astro A40 wired headset and A30 wired headset: September release for A$299.95 RRP and A$229.95, respectively.
The Astro A35 wireless headset: slated for release towards the end of 2012 with a A$249.95 RRP.
Australian fighting games league Couch Warriors will be teaming up with the Australian Cyber League (ACL) in Melbourne this weekend to showcase one of the biggest fighting game events of the year.
The two communities will host a special event in Melbourne this weekend to live stream the EVO 2012 fighting games championships taking place on July 6-8 in Las Vegas.
The Melbourne event will also feature a Smash Brothers tournament, as well as casual tournaments. (The casual tournaments will be running with alternative rules to the normal tournaments to mix things up a little.)
Prizes include a Qanba Q4RAF Arcade Joystick, as well as vouchers and DVDs courtesy of Madman Entertainment.
The event will take place from July 7-8 in the Celebrity Room, Moonee Valley Racecourse, McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne.
Entry will cost A$20 per day or A$30 for the whole weekend (fee includes entry to any tournament, save the Smash Brothers tournaments).
For more information, check out the official Facebook event page.
Last weekend, GameSpot AU teamed up with ASUS Australia and the Australian Cyber League to offer Aussie Starcraft II players a three-day tournament and a chance to compete for more than A$5,000 in cash and prizes; including an Asus G75 gaming laptop.
The Asus Starcraft II Pro-Am Tournament saw 32 of the nation's top professional and amateur gamers battle it out in a double-elimination draw that included some of the heaviest hitting names in the local and international scenes. Read our full introductions to the pros in our bios here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. Shoutcasters Dox and Maynarde did a fantastic job in providing commentary throughout the series, as the chat room crowd cheered on their favourite contestants.
Final standings are as listed:
1st place: Bradley "tgun" Seymour (A$1500 cash + Asus G75 Gaming Laptop)
2nd place: Kristoffer "TargA" Marthinsen (A$700 cash)
3rd place: Andrew "mOOnGLaDe" Pender (A$400 cash)
Top 4 amateur players:
* Nicolas "ChadMann" Russo (A$100 cash)
* Kyle "Fridge" Bakker (A$100 cash)
* Brendan "deL" Ferguson (A$100 cash)
* James "Demosthenes" Piskorz (A$100 cash)
A huge thanks to everyone who took part and joined the stream. Missed out on the finals? Watch the last day of play on Twitch.tv here!
Tonight the ASUS Starcraft II Pro Am kicks off in partnership with GameSpot AU. But, who's taking part you ask? Here are the final four of 16 professional players who will be vying for cash and prizes. Be sure to tune into to the tournament from 7pm tonight AEST.
Name: Yojun "YoonYJ" Yun
Team: Gamecom Nv
Yojun "YoonYJ" Yun is one of Australia’s very few competitive Terran players, with several appearances at national championship events over the last two years. By training almost exclusively on the Korean server, YoonYJ takes a lot of pride in regularly beating Code S GSL stars.
Like his fellow Gamecom Nv teammates, he enjoys playing Terran vs Zerg more than any other match-up, not only because of the excitement factor, but because most of South East Asia’s best players are Zerg, and he enjoys the intensity of playing such challenging opponents.
Name: Bradley "tgun" Seymour
Team: It’s Gosu eSports
Bradley "tgun" Seymour is a 21 year old Zerg player from Sydney, and is one of very few Australian players to have competed abroad multiple times. With experience in South Korea’s Global StarCraft League and America’s Major League Gaming, Brad has unique insight into competitive gaming.
Brad is also one of very few Australians who also represents an international team, with the rest of the its-GoSu roster hailing from Canada, America and Korea.
Name: Lucas "Techtron" Tan
Lucas "Techtron" Tan is a 17 year old Zerg player from Melbourne, and although being relatively new to the scene, boasts some impressive results.
Having attended numerous Melbourne events, Lucas strives to defeat his friendly rival deth, as the two pair regularly face each other in the final rounds of local tournaments. The most recent of these was the Australian Cyber League Melbourne Regionals, where both players were awarded invitations to participate in the Blizzard World Championship Series for Australia!
Name: Zi Ray "Light" Wang
Team: Xeria Gaming
Zi Ray "Light" Wang is widely regarded as one of the best Protoss players in the country, despite several periods of inactivity. With numerous appearances at national championships--including the SEA 2011 Battle.net Invitational and WCG Australia 2011--Light has made a name for himself, especially after taking a game from StarTale's Ace and landing himself in second place at the 2011 NRG Hardcore Gamer tournament.
With a hardcore record of 108 games played in a 24 hour ladder session, Light is looking to take it easy when Heart of the Swarm is released.
That's the full roster of pros joining this weekend's ASUS Stracraft II Pro Am. Tune in to GameSpot AU from 7pm AEST to watch all the action.
This week the ASUS Starcraft II Pro Am kicks off in partnership with GameSpot AU. But, who's taking part you ask? Here's the third batch of 16 professional players who will be vying for cash and prizes. We'll be revealing four each day leading up to Friday's kick-off.
Name: Kristoffer "TargA" Marthinsen
City: Gold Coast
Kristoffer "TargA" Marthinsen is a Norwegian real-time strategy legend who has been living and studying in Australia for the past few years. He has had a very successful Starcraft 2 career in both South East Asia and abroad, taking second place at the Australian Cyber League's Sydney 2012 National event and representing Norway and Australia in the North American Star League and Intel Extreme Masters global tournaments.
With the Heart of the Swarm expansion pack on the horizon, TargA is really looking forward to the recently unveiled Battle.net improvements--specifically clan support.
Name: Andrew “mOOnGLaDe” Pender
Team: Gamecom Nv
City: Gold Coast
Andrew “mOOnGLaDe” Pender has been a household name in Australian RTS for nearly 10 years now, having confidently reigned over the WarCraft 3 and StarCraft 2 scenes respectively since 2003.
Having made it all the way to Code A in the Global StarCraft League in Seoul, Korea, Andrew is really looking forward to the fresh multiplayer changes that will be introduced with the Heart of the Swarm expansion, including new maps.
Name: Timothy “Mafia” He
Team: Team Immunity
Having recently joined Team Immunity, Timothy “Mafia” He has been shown one of the strongest, and most consistent tournament performances over the past 12 months. He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s three Zerg powerhouses.
It’s no secret that Tim is in top form for this event, sporting over 1,400 points in his Master League division on the Korean ladder in Season 7, placing him in the very highest echelons of the world.
Name: Alex “Ninja” Smith
Team: Sequential Gaming
Alex “Ninja” Smith is one of the youngest and most intimidating competitive StarCraft 2 players in Australia. For the past two years, we’ve watched as he has risen through the ranks of Aussie Zerg players and today, this 18 year old prodigy from Sequential Gaming is a strong championship contender.
Fresh out of a fourth place finish at the Australian Pro League Sydney 2012 Nationals two months ago, Alex doesn’t have to climb much further to reach the top.
Check back tomorrow for the final four pro players taking part, and the start of our weekend-long tournament.
This week the ASUS Starcraft II Pro Am kicks off in partnership with GameSpot AU. But, who's taking part you ask? Here are the next four of 16 professional players who will be vying for cash and prizes. We'll be revealing four each day leading up to Friday's kick-off.
Name: Daniel "delete" Li
Team: Sequential Gaming
At only 17 years of age, Sequential Gaming’s Daniel “delete” Li has really demonstrated a breakthrough performance lately, taking down some of the heaviest opponents in the recent Australian Cyber League Sydney 2012 Nationals. He also recently won two of the wT weekly events.
Once Daniel is finished with the Heart of the Swarm single-player campaign, he’ll be keeping an eye on professional Protoss players from around the world to see exactly what clever and powerful strategies they can engineer before standing trial before the Blizzard balance tribunal!
Name: Andrew "SenSei" Carmichael
Andrew "SenSei" Carmichael is a 23 year old Protoss player from team Carnage, with a long-standing rivalry with Nv’s deth. He's looking forward to inventing new and unique strategies when Heart of the Swarm is released, and using them to dominate the ladder.
With a top eight finish at the Australian Cyber League’s Gold Coast event, and having taken second place at their Brisbane Regionals, Andrew has made it clear that he’s one of the strongest Protoss players in the scene.
Name: Ethan "iaguz" Zugai
Team: Xeria Gaming
Ethan "iaguz" Zugai is one of Australia’s most outspoken and charismatic Terran players, with a striking resemblance to James Raynor's Engineer--Rory Swann!
Nicknamed the “Gimli Terran”, Xeria Gaming’s 22 year old star is no stranger to competitive play, having represented Australia alongside his fellow Sydney player PiG at the Intel Extreme Masters event in Guangzhou, China. He also took 3rd place at the NRG Hardcore Gamer 2011 tournament in Sydney, where he took a game from StarTale’s Ace.
Name: David "Rossi" Rossi
Team: Gamecom Nv
David "Rossi" Rossi is a 20-year old Terran player. As one of the late-comers to the scene, David is really looking forward to the release of Heart of the Swarm so that he can be a part of the phase where everyone is establishing new build orders and pioneering brave new strategies.
Last year David found himself representing Australia on the world stage, when he went up against the best-of-the-best in the IPL4 Oceanic Qualifiers in Manila. Most recently, he proceeded to play over 34 tournament games in a single weekend, where he took first place in a World Championship Series Australian Qualifier, followed by second place in a Masters Cup!
Check back soon for the next four pro players taking part in our upcoming Starcraft II tournament.
This week the ASUS Starcraft II Pro Am kicks off in partnership with GameSpot AU. But, who's taking part you ask? Here are the first four of 16 professional players who will be vying for cash and prizes. We'll be revealing four each day leading up to Friday's kick-off.
Name: Samuel “Fourby” Tham
Team: Team Carnage
Team Carnage’s Samuel "Fourby" Tham boasts an impressive 2nd place finish at the Australian Cyber League Melbourne 2012 Regionals in March. Sam is happy with the shape Wings of Liberty is currently in. He’s worried about Heart of the Swarm because it has the potential to really shake things up, especially some of the terrifying new Zerg features!
Name: Jared "PiG" Krensel
Team: TT eSports
The face of Tt eSports in Australia, Jared “PiG Krensel has made quite the name for himself over the last year, as one of the most analytical Zerg players in the scene.
Having competed alongside Xeria Gaming’s Iaguz at the Intel Extreme Masters event in China and consistently placed in the top 3 for the World Cyber Games Australia and Australian Cyber League National events, Jared is looking forward to enhancing his skills with the new units and abilities that will come with Heart of the Swarm.
Name: Mark “yang” Richardson
Team: Team Immunity
The newest addition to Team Immunity, yang recently attended the Australian Pro League 2012 National events on the Gold Coast and Sydney, where he took 5th place and finally defeated his rival mOOnGLaDe 2-1 in a best-of-three series.
With the way Wings of Liberty has shaped up, Mark is really enjoying the way PvT plays out. He aims for the late-game where he can keep his opponent busy with multi-prong Zealot warp-in's and using Warp Prisms and High Templar to rain down Psionic Storms on opponents’ workers. As for Heart of the Swarm however, he’s looking forward to seeing how much the Protoss vs. Protoss match-up will evolve.
Name: Cameron "cR.EdgE" Murrin
Adelaide’s undisputed champion--Cameron "cR.EdgE" Murrin is an 18-year old Zerg player from team Carnage. Unlike many, Cam is most excited for the single-player campaign when Heart of the Swarm arrives. Although most people aren’t huge fans of the Starcraft storyline, Cam can’t wait to see how the next chapter plays out.
Although Cam is often inactive and lacks practice, he has earned the unmitigated respect of the Australian SC2 community for his ability to shine when it counts.
Check back tomorrow for the next four pro players taking part in our upcoming Starcraft II tournament.
The EB Games Expo has announced Project Gamer, an opportunity for those who like being in front of the camera to appear in a film reel for the company's upcoming event.
To participate, fans will need to answer the question, "What gamer are you?" on video. EB Games is compiling a collection of responses to screen at the EB Games Expo happening on October 5-7 this year.
Those interested in participating will have the first opportunity to record their thoughts when film crews visit EB Games stores on June 16 at Albert St, Brisbane, and June 23 at Westfield Parramatta, NSW. The best entry in each state will receive an A$100 gift voucher.
Participants who are unable to make it to the stores also have the opportunity to submit their video online via YouTube. Full details are available from the official EB Expo website.
Previously hosted on the Gold Coast, this year EB Expo is heading to a new venue: the Sydney Showgrounds. There, it will cover more than twice the floor area for vendors and exhibitors.
In addition to a range of games to see and play, a variety of attractions will be offered, including freestyle motocross via the EB Arena Spectacular, laser shows, Cosplay, and an on-site EB Games store.
With thanks to Asus and the Australian Cyber League, GameSpot AU is excited to announce an online Starcraft II Pro-Am tournament. We are recruiting 16 GameSpot AU community members to take on 16 of the top Australian Starcraft II players, and compete for the top prize of an Asus G75 laptop, plus AU$1500 cash!
Entrants will need to provide us with their Battle.net IDs and a link to their Starcraft II Battle.net profile on the entry form available here. Then 12 lucky participants will be selected and notified!
The tournament will run from Friday, June 22 until Sunday, June 24, and is online only. Entries close at 12am AEST June 17, 2012. The competition is only open to entrants with a valid South-East Asia Battle.net account.
•1st prize: $1500 plus an Asus G75 gaming laptop (worth over $2000!)
•2nd prize: $700
•3rd prize: $400
•Each of the final four GameSpot AU community players who make it to the last day of the competition will receive a $100 prize.
For the first time in four years, Australia will be sending a team to compete at the Super Battle Opera (SBO) tournament taking place in Japan. SBO is an annual tournament that invites qualifying teams from all over the world to compete in various fighting games.
Last Sunday, a qualifying tournament was held at Timezone Sydney to determine which pair would be victorious in claiming the spot as Australian representatives in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The event saw 38 hopeful players sign up, but it was Mario "MMT" Theodorus and Andrew "Lucky Strikes" Kim who emerged as the winning side, fighting their way through the tournament undefeated.
"This is my first time representing Australia at SBO. I can say whatever happens at the tournament in Japan, it has been my dream fulfilled in terms of Tekken," said MMT.
His teammate Lucky Strikes added, "I'm looking forward to it."
Tournament organiser Youssef "FaYd" Faddoul thanked all supporters, and commented, "I'm really happy with everything that went down."
The team will be battling other international players at SBO, which will occur in Japan on August 4-5 this year.
Retailer GAME Australia has launched a 40-percent-off clearance sale on its online store, despite going into administration earlier this month. The business tweeted from its official account that "the Administrators have given the thumbs up" and denied that it is a closing-down sale.
Although the markdown does require a discount code to be applied online, the clearance sale extends to its physical stores as well.
The Australian arm of the British company went into administration not long after the UK branch experienced difficulties, subsequently removing its stock from the London Stock Exchange and calling for administrators.
Astro Gaming has announced Bluemouth Interactive as the local distributor of gaming accessories for the Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) region. Self-dubbed as being at the "forefront" of North American video gaming lifestyle, Astro Gaming produces gaming peripherals targeted at the hardcore gamer who seeks "hardcore" gear.
Previously, Astro Gaming equipment was only available to ANZ customers who purchased directly via the company's website.
"We are proud to be partnering with Bluemouth Interactive for our AU/NZ distribution," commented Jordan Reiss, founder and vice president of Astro Gaming. "It marks a real milestone that Astro Gaming gear… will soon be available to Australian and New Zealand retailers, through Bluemouth Interactive."
"The evolution from direct-to-consumer selling via our own website to also offering our products through retail is an exciting opportunity," he continued.
Distributor Bluemouth Interactive currently operates as a leading supplier of video game accessories throughout Australia and New Zealand and already partners with several local retailers, including EB Games, Target, and JB Hi-Fi stores.
In signing on as Astro Gaming's distributor, managing director of Bluemouth Interactive David Provan said, "Like Astro, our company lives at the epicentre of gaming lifestyle. The products we've always brought to Australian and New Zealand retailers have been specifically designed for the gamers. Astro Gaming products perfectly fit this philosophy."
Fighting game communities in both Melbourne and Sydney will be hosting regular events, featuring a variety of titles and tournaments to appeal to a broad range of players.
In June, Melbourne's Couchwarriors and Sydney's OzHadou will be hosting events that will feature the launch of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. To celebrate the release of the game, Sega will be giving away codes to download VF5FS for both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.
There are two ways to win the codes: via Twitter or participating in a tournament, with codes available to each group. The game will be released on June 6.
In addition, there will be prizes given away for tournament participation. A winner will also be picked from the Couchwarriors stream during the Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown tournament on June 9.
The Couchwarriors Fighters Festival kicks off on June 9, and OzHadou's York Street Battles commences on June 16.
Australian Tekken players are about to get the chance to represent their country at the Super Battle Opera (SBO) taking place in Japan this year. SBO is an annual fighting-game tournament, which invites selected teams from all over the world to compete in various fighting games.
The Australian qualifiers for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be held in Sydney on June 10, and will be used to decide which duo will head to the international stage. The winning team will have the opportunity to battle it out against the world's top players at SBO in early August.
Earlier this year, Australian players took out the top three spots at international fighting-game tournament Shadowloo Showdown, knocking out fighting-game household names, such as Ryan "Prodigal Son" Hart, Justin "JWong" Wong and Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi.
Entry to the local qualifier costs A$10 per competitor, and can be registered in advance or done on the day of the tournament at Timezone George Street, Sydney. Spectating is free.
When: Sunday, June 10. Sign-ups finish at 6:30 p.m.; tournament begins at 7:00 p.m. Where: Timezone, shop 5/505 George Street, Sydney (next to Event Cinemas)
Cost: A$10 per person; spectating is free.
- One game is first to three rounds (best of five)
- All characters are permitted
- You can not change characters on a game-by-game basis
- Both teams must state their first player before the match
- Before the match, players will compete in scissors-paper-rock, and the winning team gets to choose 1P or 2P or to choose the stage (after the first match, stage selection is always done by the losing team)
- Raven-specific skills in solo mode (such as gauge increase) are prohibited
- All other settings are factory default
- Each team of two can share only a single common character (Eddy/Christie and Kuma/Panda are considered different characters)
- Identical teams are not permitted, but duplication of up to one character will be accepted (Paul + Kazuya and Paul + Heihach" is permitted. Paul + Kazuya and Paul solo mode is also acceptable).
Take a peek behind the independent game-development curtain with Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky's feature-length documentary, Indie Game: The Movie. While the film has already been confirmed for digital distribution, including pre-orders via Steam, Australian screenings are now beginning to pop up.
Digital ad agency Soap Creative is currently organising Sydney screenings of the film at Qantm College on June 12. Tickets are available here, and are strictly limited. Additional screenings may be arranged subject to demand, with potential for larger venues if required. Get in quickly to secure your place.
Melbourne gamers will also get their chance to watch when the film screens on June 8. Soap is also currently in discussions with QUT in Brisbane around similar events.
Melbourne-based fighting community CouchWarriors is kicking off its regular Fighters Festival tournament from tomorrow. The event will run from midday until late, and will include popular games, such as Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, SoulCalibur V, and more.
Sega will be bringing Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown along for a pre-release tournament, with prizes including early copies of the game.
Proclaiming itself the "catalyst for the modern fighting game scene in Melbourne", CouchWarriors has been active since being founded in 2006. Players and spectators of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate in the social event.
A stream of the event will be aired live. Full details are listed below.
Cost: spectating is free; $10 to play all games; tournament entry $2.
Ubisoft Montreal’s upcoming open world first-person shooter Far Cry 3 is deeply rooted in psychological themes, so it is only fitting that the developer has announced an Insane Edition.
The Far Cry 3 Insane Edition includes a survival guide, an insane Vaas Wahine bobble-head and comes wrapped in a cloth case. Owners of the Insane Edition will also receive access to exclusive digital content, including new missions, weapons and aesthetic tweaks.
The game will see players taking on the role of new protagonist Jason Brody, as he struggles to escape from an island teeming with mad inhabitants. Like previous Far Cry games, Far Cry 3 is being built around an open world sandbox experience.
Far Cry 3 will be released in Australia on September 6 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The Insane Edition will retail for A$109.95.
EB Games Australia has confirmed that tickets for its EB Games Expo 2012 event are now on sale to the general public.
In response to feedback provided by visitors at last year's show, this year, EB Games will be offering a variety of passes to tailor to each individual's needs. Ticket types include general admission, Sunday family pass, gamer pass, express gamer pass, and ultimate gamer pass, the last of which provides exclusive access to special areas. Prices range from A$40 to A$500.
The event was previously hosted on the Gold Coast, but the new venue of Sydney Showgrounds will provide more than twice the area for vendors and exhibitors. Last year's expo showcased demonstrations from publishers such as 2K Games, Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, Codemasters, Disney Interactive Studios, EA, Konami, Logitech, Microsoft, Namco Bandai, Nintendo, Plantronics, PlayStation, Razer, Sega, Square Enix, THQ, Turtle Beach, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros.
In addition to a range of games on the show floor, a variety of attractions will be offered, including freestyle motocross via the EB Arena Spectacular, laser shows, and an on-site EB Games store.
The expo officially opens on October 5 and runs for three days.
Australian fighting game fans rejoice! Japanese developer Namco Bandai has announced the local release date for the latest iteration in the Tekken series, Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The title will feature the largest cast of characters to date, including free DLC characters--Michelle Chang, Angel, Kunimitsu, and Ogre--to those who preorder the game ahead of the launch.
Players will also have the chance to order the "We Are Tekken" edition of the game, which includes exclusive metal-case packaging, an original soundtrack, a remixed soundtrack, a 200-page art book, and a behind-the-scenes video with series producer Katsuhiro Harada and other special guests. Pricing has not yet been revealed.
The game will introduce a new Fight Lab mode, which enables players to customise the moves and appearance of new training character Combot. The character can then be used in unranked online matches and offline.
As per the previous Tekken Tag Tournament game, up to four players can each control a single character in pair-play mode for team battle. Additional modes include one-on-one and solo-vs.-tag-team battles, each with its own fighting game experiences.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 launches on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Australia and New Zealand on September 13, this year.
Aussie eSports organiser ESGN has announced that it will be hosting its winter tournament at UNSW's Roundhouse in Sydney.
Scheduled to go for two days, across July 14 and 15, ESGN Live: Winter 2012 will see competitors go head-to-head in games like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, FIFA Soccer 12, and League of Legends. In total, there will be five separate live streams running on Twitch.TV, with one dedicated to League of Legends, three set aside for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on PS3, 360, and PC, and two channels for FIFA that will span the PS3 and 360 tournaments.
Unlike regular eSports competitions, where each game is played on just a single platform, ESGN will be hosting multiplatform tournaments; for example, there are three Call of Duty: Modern Warfare tournaments for each of the respective platforms it was released on.
Tournament aside, ESGN Live: Winter 2012 is also set to play host to a variety of social events. Activities include game swapping, spectator access to watch the tournaments, exhibition stalls, and casual gaming stations.
For more information on ESGN Live: Winter 2012, you can check out the website.