2020 Pokémon VGC North America International Championships Player Information

The North America International Championships—taking place June 26–28 in Columbus, Ohio—are the fourth and final International Championships event of the 2020 season. Anyone in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program can participate, and lots of prizes are on the line, as well as Championship Points toward an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships in August.

This event will use the 2020 Video Game Championship format and the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games for Nintendo Switch. Players at the 2020 season Pokémon VGC North America International Championships will be competing for Championship Points and prizes. All participants will receive 5 Play! Points and a Pokémon International Championships promo card (while supplies last) just for playing! Players must have an active Play! Pokémon account with current and accurate information.

Players must comply with the Tournament Rules. 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).

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

  • Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield (physical or digital) for the Nintendo Switch family of systems with the latest game patch installed

  • A fully charged Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite system with working USB-C port

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

As well, players are strongly encouraged to bring a few other items:

  • A charger for their system, as tournament staff will not have chargers available for loan

  • A wired Nintendo Switch Pro controller to improve their gameplay experience

  • Proof of age, for it may be requested, and failure to provide proof of age may result in the player being denied participation in the tournament (at the organizer's discretion)

Badges and Registration

Registration for competitors must be completed online. Registration will open soon. Check back for more details.

Competitors can check in starting Thursday, June 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room C171 in the North Atrium of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Review the check-in policy page for more details.


Prizes will be 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. The final Championship Point payout will be determined by the number of players per age division.

Championship Points

PlacementChampionship PointsKicker (# of participants)

Championship Point values subject to change.

Prize Award Information

The format of each prize depends on the age of the recipient. Here are the International Championships prizes for the 2020 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 Pokémon Visa® prepaid card

  • Awards under $5,000: Pokémon Visa prepaid card

Award Values

Placement1–100 Players101–200 Players201+ Players

Prizes and prize distribution may be subject to change.

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

Pokémon TCG Booster Packs

  • 1st–4th place: 72 booster packs

  • 5th–8th place: 36 booster packs

  • 9th–16th place: 18 booster packs

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