The Pokémon International Championships

The Pokémon International Championships are large events that take place around the globe during the Championship Series season and are open to all players worldwide. These amazing events will feature high Championship Point payouts (equal to previous years' National Championships) and a prize pool value of up to $250,000 per event (based on attendance), spread between the Pokémon TCG and video game competitions.

Travel Awards and Stipends to the International Championships will be available to players worldwide based on Championship Point performance in their home rating zone except South Africa, where Travel Awards will not be distributed. And because there is no residency restriction to compete in an International Championships event, there are now more opportunities for players to travel to major Pokémon events around the world.

2017 Pokémon International Championships Events

RegionLocationDate
European International ChampionshipsLondon, EnglandDecember 9–11, 2016
Oceania International ChampionshipsMelbourne, AustraliaMarch 10–12, 2017
Latin American International ChampionshipsSao Paulo, BrazilApril 21–23, 2017
North American International ChampionshipsIndianapolis, USAJune 30–July 2, 2017

Dates and locations tentative. Please check back for more information on upcoming events.

Championship Points for the 2017 Pokémon TCG International Championships

PlacementChampionship PointsKicker (# of participants)
15000
24004
3–43008
5–820032
9–1610064
17–3280128
33–6460256
65–12840512
129–256201,024

Championship Point values subject to change.

Championship Points for the 2017 Pokémon VG International Championships

PlacementChampionship PointsKicker (# of participants)
15000
24000
3–43000
5–82400
9–1618064
17–32120
128
33–6480
256
65–12840512
129–256201,024

Championship Point values subject to change.


What are the prizes?

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 in order 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

Prizes and prize distribution may be subject to change.

All participants will receive 5 Play! Points and a Pokémon International Championships promo card (while supplies last), just for playing!

Prizes are based on attendance per age division. All prizes are paid in US dollars and subject to applicable tax withholding. Prize winners should consult a qualified tax professional regarding their tax obligations.

Pokémon TCG International Championships Award Values

17–32 players33–6465–128129–226227+
1st$1,000$1,500$2,500$5,000$10,000
2nd$750$1000$1,500$2,500$5,000
3rd–4th$500$750$1,000$1,500$2,500
5th–8th $500$750$1,000$1,500
9th–16th $500$750$1,000
17th–32nd $500$750
33rd–64th $500

Subject to change.

TCG International Championships with age division attendance of fewer than 17 players will not receive prize money.

Additionally, the top 32 Pokémon TCG players will receive Pokémon TCG booster packs, regardless of attendance.

1st–8th place: 216 booster packs

9th–16th place: 72 booster packs

17th–32nd place: 36 booster packs

Pokémon Video Game International Championships Award Values

33–6465–128129–226227–499500+
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

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

2017 Pokémon National Championships

The Pokémon National Championships will no longer be a formal tier of events, but Play! Pokémon may sanction certain special events in select markets, in partnership with local coordinators, to meet player demand.


Last Updated February 14, 2017

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