Pokémon VG World Championships

Event Information

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships will take place from Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-954-2000

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships is an invitation-only event, meaning only those players who earn an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play will be able to compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion. Players who do not receive an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play can compete in side events, watch the main event, or participate in other great activities! There will not be a last chance qualifier at the 2015 Pokémon World Championships. Specific information for side events will be released at a later time.

Securing an Invitation

Top video game players from different rating zones will receive invitations based on their Championship Points standing at the end of the season. Invitations will be divided into two tiers: players who reach a certain Championship Points standing will receive an invitation to play in Day One on Friday, and the best players in each zone automatically qualify for Day Two and will also receive a Travel Award. Invitations will be distributed as follows:

Masters DivisionSenior DivisionJunior Division
US and CanadaTop 40 Top 40 Top 24
EuropeTop 60 Top 60 Top 36
Latin AmericaTop 18 Top 18 Top 10
Asia PacificTop 18 Top 18 Top 10
South AfricaTop 2 Top 2 Top 2

Some players will earn an invitation that allows them to advance directly to Day Two without playing in Friday's rounds. These invitations will also include Travel Awards. Day Two invitations are divided by rating zone as follows:

  • The Top 8 players from the US and Canada rating zone

  • The Top 16 players from the Europe rating zone

  • The Top 2 players from the Latin America rating zone

  • The Top 2 players from the Asia Pacific rating zone

Players in Japan and Korea will be awarded both Friday invitations and Day Two invitations as determined by each country's organized play system.

Players with invitations from the 2014 World Championships will play on Friday unless they qualify for Day Two based on Championship Points.

Tournament Structure

The tournament is run in three phases over three days. The number of Swiss rounds will depend on total attendance at the event. Swiss rounds will use the best-of-three game format.

Friday: All players with Friday invitations will play Swiss rounds. Players with 2 or fewer losses will advance to Day Two Saturday.

Saturday: Swiss rounds for players who earned a Day Two invitation and players who advanced from Friday. This will be a new tournament: match records from Friday will not carry forward, and players are not required to use the same team they played with on Friday.

Late Saturday: A top cut of 8 players will compete in single-elimination rounds.

Sunday: Finals.


All players who have an Invitation to the World Championships will receive an exclusive Pokémon World Championships Welcome Kit as an acknowledgement of their accomplishments during the season. Players must be on site to receive the Welcome Kit.

The top 16 finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following scholarship awards:

1st: $10,000
2nd: $7,500
3rd and 4th: $5,000
5th–8th: $3,000
9th–16th: $1,500

1st and 2nd place also receive:

  • A Pokémon World Championships Trophy

  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered minors) to the 2016 World Championships

  • An invitation to the 2016 World Championships

  • Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion

3rd and 4th place also receive:

  • A Pokémon World Championships Trophy

  • An invitation to the 2016 World Championships

  • Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion

5th through 16th place also receive:

  • Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion

Other Information

  • Invitations will be finalized July 13, 2015. Issues with accounts must be reported to customer service by June 1, 2015.

  • Players who wish to compete in a Pokémon video game event, including the World Championships, must adhere to the Tournament Rules.

  • Invitation and Travel Award winners will receive a packet of important information. Please make sure you read this packet thoroughly and return the requested documents to Pokémon Organized Play by the deadlines given. If you do not, you may lose your seat in the event. The packet will be sent to the email address listed on the player's account.

  • When you show up at a Pokémon video game tournament, there are some things you must have with you:

    • A copy of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

    • A New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, or Nintendo 2DS system. It must be fully charged!

    • A team of legal Pokémon per the Tournament Rules

    • In addition, players are strongly encouraged to bring a charger for their systems, as tournament staff will not have chargers available for loan.

  • Should a player's eligibility to participate in an age division be questioned, proof of age may be requested. Failure to provide proof of age may result in the player being denied participation in the tournament, at the organizer's discretion.

  • There is no entry fee for the Pokémon World Championships. Some side events may charge entry fees.

  • Winners of select National Championships will be guaranteed Travel Awards even if they don't qualify for a Day Two invitation in their rating zone. Should these National winners qualify for a Day Two invitation, these travel awards will not be passed down.

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