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.

Timezone Supports OHNX

We are pleased to announce Timezone as an official supporter of OHNX.

Timezone is assisting us by providing a head-to-head cabinet for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at OHNX on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of February. This is great news for TTT2 players, as head-to-head cabinets are the preferred arcade platform of tournament players around the world.

The TTT2 cabinet from Timezone will be added to the cabinet provided by OHNX sponsor Namco Bandai Partners, giving OHNX attendees more time to explore the latest installment of the Tekken franchise under freeplay conditions.

OHNX: Regionals – Adelaide & Canberra

The final round of OHNX: Regionals tournaments for SSF4:AE and UMvC3 is happening this weekend. The first of these is OHNX:R – Adelaide, which is being held on Saturday the 4th of February.

Last but not least we have OHNX:R – Canberra, which is taking place at the Good Games Canberra store on Sunday the 5th of February. This event is supported by Stick Addiction, and a number of Sydney players are expected to attend in a bid to swipe some of Canberra’s OHNX ranking points for themselves.

Competitors with seeding points can be certain that they won’t have to face the likes of ToXY (VIC), robsux (NSW) or NefeliousG (QLD) first round at OHNX. These are your last two chances to secure ranked seeds for SSF4:AE and UMvC3, so be sure to grab them while you can.

Ultimate Capcom Showcase – Quick Wrap-up

Well, one of the biggest public promotional nights Australia has seen for a fighting game has just passed.  Sure, it wasn’t just fighter fans that got their fix – there was also Asura’s Wrath and Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City demoed – but when Capcom sends in Seth Killian, you can be sure he’s there for the fighters!

It was great to finally meet the man we all know, and to grill him on specifics of the games.  His knowledge is first class and he is so nice that he didn’t turn down ANYONE that wanted to chat with him.

As for the event, I think they weren’t ready for how popular it was going to be.  The bar got crowded very quick.  Even if you were lucky to get in early and find space, it didn’t matter once everyone got in as it was packed to the brim.  But the good sign is that this means there are even more fighting game fans than we even knew!  There quite a few people not too familiar with OzHadou.  So hopefully some OHers there last helped point them here to get in touch with more alike players!

Shout outs to all those that came from afar to be there too, and of course to the Shadowloo crew for doing a good job of running a quick bracket under the circumstances!

Check the forum thread for some thoughts on the night.  Or if you were there, post your own!  We’d love to hear from you!

And don’t forget – there’s still another chance to play SFxT before official release: OHNX!

OHNX: Regionals – TTT2 Sydney & Brisbane

The remaining OHNX: Regionals tournaments for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be happening in Sydney and Brisbane arcades this weekend.

First up we have OHNX:R – Sydney for TTT2, which will take place in Timezone on George St on Friday the 3rd of February. Finally OHNX:R – Brisbane for TTT2 will be taking place on Saturday the 4th of February. Competitors at these tournaments will be able to earn rank seeds for the TTT2 tournament at OHNX, which is sponsored by Namco Bandai Partners.

Remember that registrations for OHNX close on Monday the 6th of Febraury. If you want to capitalise on your ranking points for OHNX make sure you register in time, as we will NOT be taking registrations for official tournaments at the OHNX venue.

Madman Sponsors OHNX

The third OHNX sponsor listed in the official OHNX press release is Madman Entertainment, Australia’s leading independent theatrical, home entertainment distribution and rights management company. Madman specialises in the wholesale distribution of DVD and Blu Ray product into sales channels throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Madman have long been supporters of the Australian fighting game community, providing sponsorship to numerous tournaments including OHN7 and EVO APAC. For OHNX Madman will be putting together a great range of DVDs and Blu Ray titles as prizes for attendees and competitors at OHNX. More details regarding these prizes will be announced in the near future.

Namco Bandai Sponsors TTT2 and SC5 at OHNX

As mentioned in the official OHNX press release, one of the sponsors of OHNX is Namco Bandai Partners. We have two of their fighting games at OHNX, with an official tournament for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and a DIY Road to Evo tournament for the forthcoming Soul Calibur V.

Namco Bandai Partners are supporting these games at OHNX by providing console setups for SC5, plus an arcade cabinet for TTT2. This will give OHNX attendees a rare opportunity to play the arcade version of TTT2 on freeplay.

Remember that tournament entries for TTT2 close after Monday the 6th of February, so be sure to register soon for your shot at the first Australian national title in TTT2.