Pokémon Video Game Championship Points

Information subject to change. Last updated: 9/27/2016.

Video Game Championship Points are awarded to players based on their finish position at Play! Pokémon Championship Series events. Players will also receive Play! Points. To be eligible for Championship Points and Play! Points, players must have a registered Player ID attached to their Pokémon Trainer Club account and must opt in to the Play! Pokémon program.

VGC events that award Championship Points include:

Understanding the Championship Points System

Each Championship Series event has a Best Finish Limit. This is the maximum number of scores that can count for that series, with higher-scoring placements replacing lower scores. For example, Regionals has a Best Finish Limit of 4. This means that each player can only count their 4 highest Regionals scores. They may play in as many Regionals events as they like, and high scores earned in later events will replace lower scores earned in the first 4.

All Championship Series events award Championship Points to players who finish 1st in their age division. Players finishing below 1st place earn points only if the attendance in their age division reaches a specific threshold. For example, if an age division has at least 8 players, the 3rd- and 4th-place finishers get points. If an age division has at least 32 players, the 5th- through 8th-place finishers get points, and so on. This attendance threshold is called the Kicker.

VG Championship Points Tables

Championship Points will be used to determine various awards during the 2015–2016 season, including Pokémon World Championships invitations.

VGC Premier Challenge

Best Finish Limit (shared with VGC Premier Challenge (Elevated)): 2 per series
Play! Points: 1

Autumn Series: September 1–November 30, 2016

Winter Series: December 1, 2016–March 31, 2017

Spring Series: April 1–June 30, 2017


Placement Championship Points Kicker (# of participants)
1 20
0
2 14
4
3–4 10
8
5–8 6
16
9–16 2
32

VGC Premier Challenge (Elevated: 40 or more total players)

Best Finish Limit (shared with VGC Premier Challenge): 2 per series
Play! Points: 1

Autumn Series: September 1–November 30, 2016

Winter Series: December 1, 2016–March 31, 2017

Spring Series: April 1–June 30, 2017

Placement Championship Points Kicker
1 20
0
2 18
0
3–4 16
0
5–8 14
0
9-16
12
0
17–32 8
64
33–64 4
128
65–128 2
256

VGC Midseason Showdowns

Best Finish Limit: 4
Play! Points: 2

Placement Championship Points Kicker
1 50
0
2 45
0
3-4
40
0
5–8 35
0
9–16 30
0
17–32 18
64
33–64 12
128
65–128 6
256
129–256 1
512

Select Online Competitions

Best Finish Limit: no limit
Play! Points: 1

Placement Championship Points
1 50
2 45
3–4 40
5–8 35
9–16 30
17–32 25
33–64 20
65–128 10
129–256 5

To receive Championship Points or Play! Points for an Online Competition, players must have a Player ID, have a Pokémon Trainer Club account, and be in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program before the competition begins. Points will not be separated by region but will be awarded to the top 256 players worldwide, per age division.

VGC Select Premier Events

Best Finish Limit: 4 (shared with Regionals)
Play! Points: 3

Placement Championship Points Kicker
1 130
0
2 105
0
3–4 80
0
5–8 65 32
9–16 50 64
17–32 35 128
33–64 20 256
65–128 10 512
129-256 5
1,024


VGC Regional Championships

Best Finish Limit: 4 (shared with Select Premier Events)
Play! Points: 3

Placement Championship Points Kicker
1 200
0
2 160
0
3–4 120
0
5–8 100
0
9–16 80
64
17–32 50
128
33–64 30
256
65–128 20
512
129-256 10
1,024

VGC International Championships

Best Finish Limit: 4
Play! Points: 5

Placement Championship Points Kicker
1 500
0
2 400
0
3–4 300
0
5–8 240
0
9–16 180
64
17–32 120
128
33–64 80
256
65–128 40
512
129-256 20
1,024

2017 Pokémon World Championships

The Top 2 players in each age division at the 2017 Pokémon World Championships will receive an invitation and Travel Award to the 2018 World Championships. Other details to be announced later.

Special Events

Special Events take place outside of the standard Championship Series. Most of these occur either as side events at major Championship Series tournaments or as standalone events scheduled at gaming conventions. They have the same Championship Point scale and are included in the same Best Finish Limit as the Championship Series tournament that best matches their anticipated attendance. While their tournament listing may show them as part of a Championship Series tournament, the format and prizes may not be the same.

Championship Series Events

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