Hawaii played home to the conclusion of the 2011–2012 Play! Pokémon season, as Pokéfans from across the globe participated at the 2012 Pokémon World Championships.
Pokémon Trainers from over 30 countries, including the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, each making sure of their attendance through hard work and dedication.
Winners of the invitation-only tournament earned the title of Pokémon World Champion, received a special Pikachu World Championships trophy, and collectively earned more than $100,000 in scholarships.
The Pokémon Company International also chose a select number of finalists and their Pokémon teams, which will be distributed as a Pokémon Trainer avatar in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.
Those that pick up the games will be able to battle these Pokémon World Championships finalists and their teams in the Pokémon World Tournament, a new battle arena featured in the games.
Highlights of the event, including official standings, photos, videos, and player interviews, can be viewed at www.pokemonworldchampionships.com
“The Pokémon World Championships not only showcase some of the best Pokémon TCG and video game players from around the world, they also celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokémon spirit embodies,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International.
“We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2012 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.”
The 2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and Video Game World Champions are as follows:
2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2001 or later)
World Champion: Shuto Itagaki (Japan)
Second Place: Ian Robb (USA)
2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1997–2000)
World Champion: Chase Moloney (Canada)
Second Place: Colter Decker (USA)
2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier)
World Champion: Igor Costa (Portugal)
Second Place: Harrison Leven (USA)
2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2001 or later)
World Champion: Abram Burrows (USA)
Second Place: Brian Hough (USA)
2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1997–2000)
World Champion: Toler Webb (USA)
Second Place: Jaime Martinez Alonso (Spain)
2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier)
World Champion: Ray Rizzo (USA)
Second Place: Wolfe Glick (USA)
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