Pokémon VG World Championships

When will the Pokémon Video Game World Championships take place?

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships will take place from Friday, August 15, through Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Where will the 2014 Pokémon Video Game World Championships be held?

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-249-3000

How can I play at the Pokémon Video Game World Championships?

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships is an invitation-only event, meaning that only those players who receive an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play will be able to compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion. Qualified players are encouraged to confirm their plans to attend the 2014 World Championships at 2014.registration.pokemon.com.

Players who do not receive an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play can compete in the Last Chance Qualifier on August 15. See details on how to participate in the LCQ.

How are invitations determined?

Top players from different regions will receive invitations to the 2014 Pokémon Video Game World Championships. Players must have an active Play! Pokémon account that is updated with accurate information. Issues with accounts must be reported to customer service prior to July 1, 2014. Invitations will be distributed as follows, per age division:

  • The Top 16 players from North America, based on Championship Points

  • The Top 32 players from Europe, based on Championship Points

  • The Top 2 players in South Africa, based on Championship Points

  • The Top 4 players from the Australian National Championships

How much does the event cost?

There is no entry fee to participate in the Pokémon Video Game World Championships or the Last Chance Qualifier for the video game event. However, seating is limited at the Last Chance Qualifier and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other Information

  • Players who wish to compete in a Pokémon video game event, like 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. We’ve provided this handy checklist so that you can show up to the event prepared!

    • A copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems

    • A Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, or Nintendo 2DS

    • 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.

What is the tournament structure?

The tournament is run using Swiss plus Single Elimination pairings. The number of Swiss rounds will depend on total attendance at the event. Swiss rounds will use the best-of-three game format, and each game will have a 15-minute time limit.

After Swiss rounds are complete, there will be a cut to single-elimination finals. The top 8 players from each age division will then play in the single-elimination finals.

Single-elimination finals will be a best-of-three game format. Each single-elimination game will have a 15-minute time limit.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top 16 players in each age division.

The divisions are:

Junior Division: Born in 2003 or later

Senior Division: Born in 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002

Masters Division: Born in 1998 or earlier

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

1st Place

  • A Pokémon World Champion Trophy

  • An invitation to the 2015 World Championships

  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered minors) to the 2015 World Championships

  • A scholarship award worth $3,500

  • Two boxes of Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire expansion booster packs

2nd Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Second-Place Trophy

  • An invitation to the 2015 World Championships

  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered minors) to the 2015 World Championships

  • A scholarship award worth $1,500

  • Two boxes of Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire expansion booster packs

3rd Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Third-Place Trophy

  • An invitation to the 2015 World Championships

  • Two boxes of Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire expansion booster packs

4th Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Fourth-Place Trophy

  • An invitation to the 2015 World Championships

  • Two boxes of Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire expansion booster packs

5th through 8th Place

  • Two boxes of Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire expansion booster packs

9th through 16th Place

  • Two boxes of Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire expansion booster packs

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