Pokemon Worlds & NA Championships Dates Announced

Jesse Collins,

February 22, 2019 11:18 PM

Pokemon is still big enough that their championships are a big deal every year in both the trading card game and the video games, as shown by recently released details for major Pokemon events.

The Pokemon Company International (also known as TPCi) announced the dates of two of their major events for competitive players of their trading card game and video games: The North America International Championships and the Pokémon World Championships. 

The NA International is set to take place this June 21 - 23, featuring intense Pokemon battles across games like Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the FGC game, Pokken Tournament, and their more analog option of the trading card game. The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio is hosting the event this year.

According to the press release, NA International is "open to players worldwide with no residency restrictions, this tournament provides Pokémon TCG and video game competitors with a final opportunity to score valuable Championship Points in order to secure an invitation to the 2019 World Championships."

As for the more massive Pokemon World Championships (also known, lovingly, as "Worlds"), it will be taking over in Washington D.C. the weekend of August 16 - 18. The prize pool is $500,000 across all events during the weekend. While the event is set at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, this isn't the first time Worlds has taken place there. Five years ago, the 2014 Pokemon Worlds was in the very same place.

To qualify for Worlds, Pokémon TCG and video game players (also known as Trainers) "must have battled at Championship Series events throughout the season and earned enough Championship Points to contend for a spot in the final competition." In the end, winners are named World Champion and earn their share of the huge prize pool.

Earlier this month, the 2019 Oceania Internationals took place in Melbourne, Australia, complete with a $10k grand prize and 500 Championship Points, which earns enough to qualify for the 2019 Worlds automatically. Watch out, because Zapdos is coming through in TCG!

While the big TCG set that's out focuses on the Tag Team GX dynamic, we can also expect a ton of announcements and festivities from Pokemon Day 2019 on February 27. Keep an eye out because we may see a Generation 8 come into play on the Nintendo Switch sooner than we expect!

(Featured image courtesy of Parade via Copelan)


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