The Pokémon Company International has announced the long-awaited dates and locations for the Pokémon European Video Game Championships. Pokémon Trainers from all over Europe and of all skill levels are encouraged to compete at the open events. At the World Championships, some of the world’s elite Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and videogame players from more than thirty countries will compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion.
Held in three major cities across the continent – Milan, Italy (May 11th-12), Bochum, Germany (May 26), and Birmingham, United Kingdom (June 2)—players will battle for the chance to earn a Travel Award to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada, this August. New to the 2013 Pokémon European Video Game Championships, competitors in good standing will have the opportunity to play in multiple rounds over the course of the event. In this Swiss format, players are not eliminated after a single loss, which allows players to continue playing Pokémon all day long. Top players will advance to a single elimination round format to determine the Pokémon Video Game National Champion. Each event is divided into three age divisions – Junior Division, Senior Division, and Masters Division. The top four Masters Division and Senior Division players and the top eight Junior Division players from each event will win a coveted Travel Award to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver.
Players can build their teams using Pokémon from the National Pokédexi and must play using Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2 videogames for the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo DS family of systems. Players will need to bring their Player ID to their event in order to compete. To get a Pokémon Trainer Club account and Player ID, please visit Pokemon.co.uk. Players can also receive a Player ID when registering at the event.
Players will compete in one of three age divisions, based on their dates of birth:
· Junior Division—born in 2002 or later
· Senior Division—born in 1998, 1999, 2000, or 2001
· Masters Division—born in 1997 or earlier
Also new for the 2013 Pokémon Video Game Championships Series season, The Pokémon Company International has added Global Battle Union (GBU) Wi-Fi tournaments to its listed events, making it easier than ever for Pokémon video game players to have the opportunity to earn invitations to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships. Top finishers in each age division of a qualifying Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi tournament will earn a first round bye at a Pokémon European Video Game Championship event. Top participants will also receive Championship Points, bringing them one step closer to earning an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver. For more information please visit Pokemon.co.uk.
The dates and locations for the upcoming Pokémon Video Game and Trading Card Game National Championships and Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi Tournaments follow below, and Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on the events.
· April 19–22: Video Game Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge April
· Saturday & Sunday, May 11–12: Video Game and TCG Live Event: Italy, Milan, Mediolanum Forum
· Saturday & Sunday, May 25–26: Video Game and TCG Live Event: Germany, Bochum, RuhrCongress Bochum
· Saturday & Sunday, June 1–2: Video Game and TCG Live Event: UK, Birmingham, National Exhibition Center (NEC, Pavilion 1)
· June 21–25: Video GameWi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge June