Some info on the current Australian fighting game scene, if you are interested in joining the tournament community or are looking for a place to discuss fighting games with like-minded people online.
- Most of the Street Fighter tournaments in Australia run under the broad banner of OzHadou - http://www.ozhadou.net . Drop by the forums and introduce yourself!
While at one stage tournaments ran in all of the major SF games, regular tournaments are now far and few between, with the only game with a lot of comp at the moment being Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.
The Tekken scene is probably one of the most active. For a while myself and another SF player ran tournaments through http://www.tekken.net in Sydney, but the advent on T5.1 as well as putting the tournaments in the hands of the Tekken players has meant that tournaments have somewhat fallen apart. Nowdays, most of the Sydney scene post on the Australia & Asia forums of Tekken Zaibatsu - http://www.tekkenzaibatsu.com/forums/ , Queenslanders post on http://www.arcadepimp.com, and Melbourne players post on another forum. Ask on Zaibatsu if you really want to find it…
This year, the largest ever fighting games tournament to be run in Australia, OzHadou Nationals 5, will be run on July 1st and 2nd at the UTS Glasshouse in Sydney. Some of the featured games include Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (both running on arcade cabinets), Marvel vs Capcom 2, Capcom vs SNK 2, and Tekken 5. In addition, games such as X-Men Vs Street Fighter, GGXX: Slash, Street Fighter EX2+ and more will be available for casual and tournament play (given appropriate demand). In addition to featuring the top fighting game players from all around Australia, OzHadou are working with Empire Arcadia to bring out some of the top US players, as well as attempting to secure players from Japan and Hong Kong to create a truely worldwide event. At this time Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz and others are expected to attend.
The website for OHN5 will be up shortly, until then details can be found in the OHN5 section of the OzHadou forums.