Prizes from THQ at OHNX

We recently announced that OHNX sponsor THQ was providing us with a fantastic collection of prizes to give away at OHNX, including 10 pre-release copies of the eagerly anticipated Street Fighter x Tekken.

We’ll be sharing these prizes between the top 8 places in the tournaments for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as well as placing a large number of prizes into the OHNX prize raffle that will be drawn during the finals on Sunday the 19th of February.

For a complete listing of THQ prizes up for grabs visit the tournament rules page of the OHNX website and scroll down to see the prize details.

A-Cho for Beginners

This weekend we have the tenth OzHadou Nationals tournament. One of the highlights at OHNX will be the renewal of the Street Fighter IV team exhibition between rival cities Sydney and Melbourne. OHNX will be the first time this encounter has taken place on Sydney’s home turf, and things will be a little different as the organisers have elected to swap out the usual “winner stays” format for the so-called a-cho format.

In this special pre-OHN edition of Bracketed I’ll provide an explanation of the a-cho team tournament format. I’ll compare the a-cho format to the “winner stays” approach and explain why a-cho offers unique advantages for tournament organisers and players in an exhibition setting.

OHNX: Players to Watch

With registrations closed and only days left until OHNX begins, the OHN Team has taken some time to look through the competitors for the official tournaments and picked the people we think have a good chance of making top 8 at OHNX in SSF4:AE, UMvC3 and TTT2.

Click on each official tournament game below to see who we’ve nominated as players to watch for at OHNX. You’ll also find profiles for each of our picks so you won’t be unprepared when you run into these top players during the tournament.

You can discuss our picks and make OHNX predictions of your own by posting in the OHNX predictions thread on the forums.

HES Sponsors OHNX

We are pleased to announce the participation of our new sponsor, Home Entertainment Suppliers (HES).

HES is the official Australian distributor for Madcatz products in Australia and are supporting OHNX with Street Fighter IV Tournament Edition Round 2 sticks as 1st place prizes for all official tournaments and Road to Evo tournaments. This means 1st place in SSFIV:AE (Xbox 360), UMvC3 (Xbox 360), TTT2 (PS3), SC5 (PS3) and KOF13 (Xbox 360) will all take home a Madcatz Round 2 TE stick along with their cash prize and championship trophy/medal.

HES is also providing OHNX with one of the first available Madcatz Street Fighter x Tekken sticks, which we’ll be giving away to one lucky attendee in the OHNX Raffle Draw during the finals on Sunday.

For more information about HES visit their website, and remember that you’ll be able to purchase your own SFxT arcade stick soon from The Gamesmen.

Setting the Schedule

As you plan your event you’ll decide on which games to include and what formats you’ll use, along with any extra content you’d like to feature. You’ll also find and reserve a suitable venue. With all that sorted out the next thing you’ll want to do is work out when everything will take place.

This week I’ll discuss the topic of tournament schedules. I’ll run through common tasks and activities relevant to most tournaments and discuss the things you should consider when allocating time for each in your schedule. I’ll also discuss the importance of publishing a detailed schedule before the event, along with the benefits of sticking by it.

OHNX: Registrations Closed, Cash Prizes Announced

Registrations for OHNX are now closed. Thanks to everyone that has registered for the event. Please be sure to check the registration list to make sure we have all your details recorded correctly.

With registrations closed we’ve also locked-in the cash prizes for all of the official tournaments. Remember that top 8 in each official tournament – SSF4:AE, TTT2 and UMvC3 – receives prize money. This includes a bonus $200 for TTT2 donated to OHNX by Kevin Lui.

To find out what players can win in the official tournaments at OHNX, visit the Tournament Rules page of the OHNX website, where we will be providing ongoing updates for prize allocations at OHNX as they become available.

Street Fighter x Tekken change of plans and THQ Prize Pack!

First, the bad news: due to some changes at local distributor THQ, the team will not be able to bring a Street Fighter X Tekken showcase to OzHadou.  THQ have expressed their disappointment that they could not make it this time and pledged support for future events.

But then there’s the good news: The massive prize pack!

THQ will be sending:

HomeFront PC Games
HomeFront Novels
Dawn of War II PC Games
Resident Evil T Shirts
Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Fate of Two Worlds T-Shirts
Additional event copies of Street Fighter Arcade Edition
Asura’s Wrath Art Cards that are signed by the developers

PLUS this enticing early bird SFxT Prize:

10 copies (5 x PS3 and 5 x X360) of Street Fighter X Tekken

These Prerelease promo copies will not be available at the event but winners will be sent copies before the Retail release.

Thanks to THQ for maintaining strong support of OzHadou Nationals!

OHNX: No More Registrations After 10th Feb

Thanks to everyone that has registered for official tournaments at OHNX. The numbers are so good that they’ve blown all our estimates. As a result we’ve had to make some cut-backs on the remaining registration options.

Although registration for the official tournaments is now closed, people can still purchase general venue entry for OHN at the “late fee” price of $50. The entry fee entitles you to play any games at OHNX, and also the right to enter any DIY tournaments. This was going to be payable at the door, however we’ve reached our venue capacity earlier than expected.

In order to avoid overcrowding we are now closing all venue entry registrations on Friday the 10th of February. We will NOT be accepting any entry fees at the door. Spectators can enter for free on the day but are not allowed to play any games.

We apologise for the reduced time to register but we feel this is the most fair compromise. So if you were planning to pay at the door please make sure you register online by this Friday.

OHNX: Last Day to Register

The final day of official tournament registrations for OHNX is tomorrow – Monday the 6th of February. If you do not pay your competitor venue entry fee AND official tournament entry fees via the OHNX registration page by this date you will NOT be able to compete in any official tournaments at OHNX.

For those looking to compete in DIY tournaments or play casual games at OHNX, you should also note that the general venue entry fee will increase to $50 after Monday the 6th of February. Although you can still pay the general entry fee upon arrival at OHNX, we strongly recommend that people lock-in the cheaper rate while they can.

If you have already registered, please take a moment to confirm your details and any applicable seeding points in the registration list at the bottom of the OHNX registration page. Please note that we update this list about once a day. If you have any corrections or concerns please let us know via email.

External Opportunities

This week the distributor for Capcom’s games in Australian, THQ, held a special event in Sydney to promote forthcoming titles including the much-anticipated Street Fighter x Tekken. The Super Ultimate CAPCOM Showcase (Arcade Edition) was a great drawcard for casual and competitive players alike, with Seth Killian from Capcom USA in attendance as well.

In this week’s article I’ll talk about external opportunities that tournament organisers and players come across. I’ll discuss how the community can make the most of these types of events with examples from activities in Sydney.