2017 Pokémon Video Game North American International Championships Player Information

Registration for the event is open to all players in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program. Players must have an active Play! Pokémon account with current and accurate information. If there's an issue with your account, it must be reported to customer service before Friday, June 16, 2017.

This competition will use the 2017 Pokémon VG Championship Series format. Players must comply with the Tournament Rules.

The schedule of events is dependent on the number of competitors, and will be announced on site. All finals matches will be played on Sunday, July 2.

Players' Meeting

A mandatory players' meeting for Masters Division players will be at 9 a.m. Friday, June 30, inside the event space (Halls H and I at the Indiana Convention Center). The players' meeting for Junior and Senior Division players will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday , July 1, also inside the event space. Competitors will need to turn in their pre-completed team sheet during the players' meeting for their age division. Players should be sure to write clearly on their team sheet—illegible writing on a team sheet may incur penalties. Versions of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon from all regions are legal for the event.

Start of Play

Play for the VGC Masters Division will commence as follows:

  • Battle Team locking will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, June 30, inside the event space (Halls H and I at the Indiana Convention Center). Players who are not in line by 8:30 a.m. will be given a Round 1 loss.

  • Round 1 will start at approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 30.

Play for VGC Junior and Senior Division players will commence as follows:

  • Battle Team locking will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 1, inside the event space (Halls H and I at the Indiana Convention Center). Players who are not in line by 8:45 a.m. will be given a Round 1 loss.

  • Round 1 will start at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 1.

Competitors who have not picked up their badge, checked in, and had their Battle Team locked prior to the start of Round 1 for their age division will be dropped from the main tournament, but will still be permitted entry into the event space.

Competition Info

Players must have the following things with them for this tournament:

  • A copy (physical or digital) of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems with the latest game patch installed.

  • A fully charged New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, or Nintendo 2DS system.

  • A team of tournament-legal Pokémon (see the Tournament Rules and check back regularly before the event for updated rules).

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

  • 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.

Prizes

Players at the 2017 Pokémon Video Game North American International Championships will be competing for Championship Points and prizes. The final Championship Point payout is determined by the number of players per age division. All participants will receive 5 Play! Points and several Pokémon International Championships Participation Items (while supplies last), just for playing!

Championship Points

PlacementChampionship PointsKicker (# of participants)
15000
24000
3–43000
5–82400
9–1618064
17–32120128
33–6480256
65–12840512
129–256201,024

Championship Point values subject to change.

Additional Prize Information

Prizes are awarded to the top players in each of three age divisions. Players must have a Pokémon Trainer Club account with a Player ID attached, and must have opted in to the Play! Pokémon program to earn points and awards.

For the Pokémon TCG and Video Game International Championships, the format of each prize is dependent on the age of the recipient. Here are the Internationals prizes for the 2017 Play! Pokémon Championship Series season.

18 years of age and older:

  • Awards of $5,000 or more: Choice of scholarship or cash

  • Awards under $5,000: Cash

Under 18 years of age:

  • Awards of $5,000 or more: Choice of scholarship or Visa Gift Card

  • Awards under $5,000: Visa Gift Card

Award Values

33–64
players
65–128
players
129–226
players
227–499
players
500+
players
1st$500$1,000$1,500$3,000$5,000
2nd$500$750$1,500$2,500
3rd–4th$500$750$1,500
5th–8th$500$750
9th–16th$500

Prizes and prize distribution subject to change.

VG International Championships with age division attendance of fewer than 33 players will not receive prize money.

Additionally, the top 16 video game players will receive Pokémon TCG booster packs, regardless of attendance.

1st–2nd place: 72 booster packs

3rd–8th place: 36 booster packs

9th–16th place: 18 booster packs

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