Pokémon Trainers across Europe can now pencil in dates within their calendars for the 2013 Pokémon European Video Game Championships.
With entry available to players of all skill levels, this year the event will be held across three major cities: Milan, Italy (May 11-12th), Bochum, Germany (May 26th), and Birmingham, United Kingdom (June 2nd).
Those that attend will battle their opponents to earn themselves a Travel Award which will see them participate within the 2013 Pokémon World Championships, due to be held in Vancouver, Canada, this August.
New to this year’s event is that players will no longer be eliminated after a single loss, and therefore be able to play multiple rounds throughout the day.
Then, players topping the leaderboard will advance to a single elimination round format that will eventually determine the Pokémon Video Game National Champion.
As before, each event is divided into three age divisions – Junior Division, Senior Division, and Masters Division, with the top four Masters Division and Senior Division players and the top eight Junior Division players from each event winning their coveted Travel Award prize
As for the rules, players may build teams using the National Pokédex, and must only play using Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2. You will also need to bring your Player ID to compete, which is gained through creating a Pokémon Trainer Club account on the Pokémon website.
Players will once again compete across three separate 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
All tournaments are free to play, with entry granted on a first-come, first-served basis. For the first time in Europe, the Pokémon Video Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) National Championships will occur over the same weekend, at the same venue. The Pokémon TCG portion of the event will only be open to British, German, and Italian players (depending on location).
For more information regarding rules, regulations and registration, it’ll be best to check the Pokémon website.
2013 Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi Tournaments
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.
Dates and Locations for Upcoming Pokémon Video Game and Trading Card Game National Championships and Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi Tournaments
- 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 Game Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge June