The road to the 2014 Pokémon World Championships heats up as more than 30 countries across the globe are set to host Pokémon National Championships over the next few months. These national tournaments provide an opportunity for Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video game players to earn an invitation to the most prestigious Pokémon event of the year: the 11th annual Pokémon World Championships, held August 16–17 in Washington, DC.
The 2014 Pokémon U.S. National Championships comes to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 4–6. More than 2,000 Pokémon TCG and video game players from across the country are expected to compete at the open event. Canadian video game players are also eligible to compete at the US National Championships, while the Pokémon TCG Canadian National Championships begins June 28, 2014, in Kitchener, Ontario.
Three European cities will host Pokémon National Championships featuring both Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments. The video game tournaments are open to all Europeans, while the Pokémon TCG tournaments are open to citizens of the host countries.
2014 Pokémon German National Championships: May 3–4, 2014, in Bochum, Germany
2014 Pokémon UK National Championships: May 24–25, 2014, in Manchester, England
2014 Pokémon Italian National Championships: May 31–June 1, 2014, in Assago, Italy
Additional Pokémon National Championships will be held in Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, North America, and South America. Top finishers will move on to the 2014 Pokémon World Championships held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
To find a Pokémon TCG or Video Game National Championships event near you, check out the Pokémon tournament event locator.
Good luck to players around the world competing in your National Championships!