European International Championships VGC Player Information

The 2017 Pokémon Video Game European International Championships are open to all players who have an active Play! Pokémon account and are in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program. If there's an issue with your account, it must be reported to customer service before November 21, 2016.

Registration will be guaranteed to the first 80 Junior Division players, 120 Senior Division players, and 580 Masters Division players. While we will attempt to accommodate every player who wishes to participate, we cannot guarantee seating beyond these limits.

Players who wish to compete in a Pokémon video game event must comply with the Tournament Rules.

Masters Division players will begin on Friday and compete using a two-day Swiss format followed by single-elimination rounds. The top players—all players with a record of X–2 or better, or all players ranked in the Top 32, whichever number is greater—will advance to Day 2 of Swiss rounds on Saturday.

Junior and Senior Division players will compete Swiss rounds on Saturday, followed by single-elimination Top 8 rounds on Sunday.

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

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

  • 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 for updated rules that will be posted no later than December 1).

  • 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 for the 2017 Pokémon VGC International Championships

Players at the 2017 Pokémon VGC European 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 a Pokémon International Championships promo card (while supplies last), just for playing!

Championship Points for the 2017 Pokémon VGC International Championships

Placement Championship Points Kicker (# of participants)
1 500 0
2 400 0
3–4 300 0
5–8 240 0
9–16 180 64
17–32 120 128
33–64 80 256
65–128 40 512
129–256 20 1,024

Championship Point values subject to change.

Pokémon VGC 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 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 International prizes for the 2017 Play! Pokémon Championship Series season.

Awards valued at $5,000 and higher:

  • Participants 18 and older receive a choice of cash or scholarship

  • Participants under 18 receive a choice of scholarship or AMEX Travel Certificate

Awards valued under $5,000:

  • Participants 18 and older receive cash

  • Participants under 18 receive an AMEX Travel Certificate

Pokémon Video Game International Championships Award Values

2nd $500$750$1,500$2,500
3rd–4th $500$750$1,500
5th–8th $500$750
9th–16th $500

Prizes and prize distribution may be 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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