Pokemon World Championships Winners Compete for Scholarships, Prizes, and Epic Title

Challengers face head to head in various Pokemon games to prove their skill, determination, and worthiness of the "Pokemon World Champion" title.

Participants from around the globe will be brought together by one of our fondest childhood video games-- Pokemon. 

The 2014 Pokemon World Championships are officially underway, and with 100s of challengers from over 25 countries, the competition will undoubtedly be fierce.

The Championships will be held in the United States Capital of Washington D.C., in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Players and audience members alike are welcome to attend, or simply stream the games live from your home computer.

Pokemon World Championships? What Does it Mean?

The competition will consist of the Pokemon Trading Card Game, as well as the Pokemon Video Game, leaving no leaf stone unturned. 

Each Pokemon game type has three tiers of players-- a Junior Division, Senior Division, and Masters Division. 

While many players have simply been invited to attend to the upcoming battle royale, others are perilously working on earning a spot. According to the official website, a Last Chance Qualifier event will be held at the beginning of the broadcast, allowing last-minute competitors to dive head first into a pocket monster-filled war zone. 

The competition will last from Friday, August 15th to Sunday, August 17th, with the winners of the 2014 Pokemon World Championships being crowned. 

This Sounds Incredible! How Do I Watch?

As a matter of fact, it is pretty incredible. To tune in to all the action, the landing page of the official website will be streaming via Twitch, a popular video game streaming website. 

While the times are currently subject to change, coverage (as of now) will be:

Saturday, August 16th

9:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremony

9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Video Game Streaming

5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. - Trading Card Game Streaming

Sunday, August 17th

9:00 a.m. - Trading Card Game Masters Top 4

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Trading Card Game Finals

3:00 p.m.-6:00p.m. - Video Game Finals

6:00 p.m. - Closing Ceremony

Planning on Attending? You'll Receive a Pokemon!

It seems that in order to increase attendance to the official event, the hosts have announced a gift to all who are in the audience Saturday and Sunday. 

A level 50 Aegislash, a Pokemon intended for use in Double Battles, will be wirelessly distribute, with instructions located on multiple posters throughout the event. 

Remember to bring your system in the Nintendo 3DS family and your copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y when you come to the World Championships. Look for instructions posted at the event. The Aegislash distribution will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss it!

In case you were wondering, here is Aegislash's stats in all of its glory:

Lv. 50 Aegislash
Ability: Stance Change
Item: Sitrus Berry
Wide Guard 
King's Shield 
Shadow Ball
Flash Cannon

Join The Fun on Social Media

If you are of the many that cannot make it to the actual event, but are still excited and willing to be involved, the official hashtag of the World Championships is #PlayPokemon.

Search the hashtag on Instagram or Twitter to find anything from Pokemon lineups, card packs, screenshots, and more. 

Get Hyped and Get Involved

With a invitee list, FAQ, decks and team page, and so much more, the event's landing page is not something Pokemon fans will want to miss. 

For more information about the series, and all of the exciting features mentioned above, visit the official 2014 Pokemon World Championship website. Alternatively, you can join the other 20,000 viewers and watch a fish play Pokemon.

Published Aug. 4th 2014
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