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.
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.
In addition to the official tournaments, there will be a number of side tournaments run at OHNX, which we refer to as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tournaments.
This year OHN is recognising five DIY tournaments as part of the tournament schedule. The winners in each DIY tournament will receive an official OHNX champion medal courtesy of OzHadou.
Read on to learn more about each DIY tournament game featured at OHNX.
This week I’ve invited hebretto to write an article for Bracketed. hebretto has been a member of the Sydney fighting game community since before OzHadou began. He’s one of the original forum moderators for OzHadou, helping to run tournament brackets with “disciplined” efficiency.
hebretto is a strong supporter of the Australian scene, frequently travelling to compete in tournaments both here and overseas. He also goes out of his way to ensure that visitors enjoy their time in Sydney. In this week’s article hebretto gives us an overview of how a local community can provide good hospitality to people who have travelled to a tournament, helping them to feel welcome and enhancing the experience for all involved.
Congratulations to OzHadou’s “Namco Community Manager” FaYd, who has emerged victorious at the GamespotAU and Namco Bandai Partners pre-launch single elimination tournament for Soul Calibur V in Sydney yesterday.
As the winner FaYd will represent Australia in Europe this March at Namco Bandai’s worldwide Soul Calibur V tournament. If you’d like to challenge FaYd and other Soul Calibur V players, be sure to check out the Soul Calibur V DIY tournament at OHNX on 17-19 Feb 2012 in Sydney.
Visit GamespotAU for a write-up of the event with photos, and you can discuss the tournament in this forum thread.
We have a second dose of OHNX: Regionals action in Melbourne this week, with the first OHNX:R tournament for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 taking place on Thursday 26th Jan 2012. Competitors will be able to earn the first available rank seeds for the TTT2 tournament at OHNX, which is being sponsored directly by Namco Bandai Partners.
We’ll have more news regarding Namco Bandai Partners’ support of OHNX soon. In the meantime, we’ll reminding you that tomorrow night they’re teaming up with GamespotAU and OzHadou to run the first Sydney tournament for the forthcoming Soul Calibur V. Registrations are already closed, but if you’re in the area you might want to stop by and see some of the action for yourself.
For many attendees a tournament is more than a competition to determine the best player. As support for fighting games in arcades continues to decline, community organised tournaments have taken their place as the best environment for playing fighting games offline.
This week I’ll discuss the role of casual play at fighting game tournaments. I’ll review the expectations players have regarding casual play during a tournament, and how you can vary your tournament format to meet these expectations. I’ll also review some of the things organisers can do to provide attendees with the best possible casual play experience.
The OHN Team has issued a public call for volunteers to help with various tasks during the event.
Volunteers will be eligible for a free OHNX shirt and other benefits. However as a volunteer you’ll have less time to play games during the event, so please think carefully before applying.
Visit the call for volunteers forum thread for further details, and email your application by 31st of January 2012.
Come down this Sunday to the M9 Bar in Crown for a chance to win a paid ticket to Sydney to represent Melbourne at OHNX in either SSFIV: AE 2012 or UMVC3.
2nd place in either tournament will also receive a minimum of $50 that can be used towards a trip to OHNX. You can find out more information here.
Spectating is also free, or simply watch the action on the stream.
So, with all the OHNX stuff going on, with regionals and our behind the scenes organising, sometimes things get passed through to you and you have to do a double take to make sure you’re not just seeing things. Case in point, we just got this from the Australian distributor of Capcom titles.