Pokétrainers will be able to compete within Global Battle Union (GBU) Wi-Fi tournaments this winter, The Pokémon Company International have announced.
It is the first time that results from the Global Battle Union Wi-Fi Competition will count towards the European Pokémon Video Game Championships Series season.
This will begin with the 2012 Video Game Championship Series Winter Battle, set to take place between December 13th – 17th. The top finishers will earn byes at live tournaments, the details of which will be announced shortly.
High-achieving participants will also receive Championship Points, which will could potentially help them earn invitations to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Players can register for the event between Wednesday 5th December at Midnight GMT and Thursday 13th December at 11:59pm GMT through pokemon.co.uk/pgl with kick off also set for December 13th at Midnight GMT.
Those that maintain a low disconnect rate will be awarded a Custap Berry, which gives the Pokémon holding it a better chance to strike first the turn after its HP gets low.
“Incorporating Wi-Fi tournaments into the European Play! Pokémon Video Game Championships Series provides opportunities for players to battle more often,” comments J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International.
“The upcoming GBU Wi-Fi Competitions are an easy way to battle competitively and take a step down the road to the Pokémon World Championships.”
This will be the first of five Global Battle Union Wi-Fi Tournaments, with details as follows:
• Wi-Fi Event: 2012 VGCS Winter Battle – December 13th–17th, 2012
• Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge January – January 24th–28th 2013
• Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge March – March 21st–25th 2013
• Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge April – April 18th–21st 2013
• Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge June – June 20th–24th 2013
For more information about the 2013 Video Game Championship Series season, including rules, regulations, and registration details, please visit pokemon.co.uk/play.