About the Play! Pokémon Program

The Play! Pokémon program is a series of events hosted by owners of stores where Pokémon TCG products are sold and event organizers associated with the store. It's an opportunity for Pokémon fans to come together as a community and compete while playing the games they love.


Play! Pokémon Events

Pokémon League (Pokémon Video Game and/or Pokémon Trading Card Game)

Pokémon League events are a good way to begin in the Play! Pokémon program for players and organizers alike.

  • Entry-level, low-stress events for players new to Pokémon competitions

  • Support for both Pokémon TCG and video game players

  • Organizers receive monthly promotions for distribution to players

  • Pokémon Leagues can be structured to accommodate the organizer's local players

  • Championship Points are not awarded at these regularly occurring meetups

  • Most organizers manage weekly or biweekly Pokémon League events

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Pokémon TCG Prerelease Tournaments (Pokémon Trading Card Game)

Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournaments allow players to receive and play with cards from Pokémon TCG expansions before their official release date. Participants are given Build and Battle boxes, which contain an Evolution pack of cards that work together and multiple booster packs, to help them build a competitive deck.

  • Open for all players to enter

  • Opportunity for players to see cards before the official release

  • Organizers receive prize support based on estimated attendance

  • Ideal for players who want to play Pokémon in a relaxed environment

  • Championship Points are not awarded for Prerelease tournaments

  • Earlier launch dates for new Pokémon TCG booster packs, theme decks, and Elite Trainer Boxes

League Challenge (Pokémon Trading Card Game)

League Challenges are the first step for competitive Pokémon TCG players. They are the most frequently held Pokémon TCG events in the Championship Series.

  • Open for all players to enter

  • Ideal for players looking to join local competitive Pokémon TCG events

  • Organizers receive promotions and prize support

  • Championship Points are awarded at League Challenges

League Cup (Pokémon Trading Card Game)

League Cup events are for Pokémon TCG players looking for a step up from League Challenge competitions.

  • Open for all players to enter, but a higher level of competition is expected

  • More Championship Points awarded, meaning a chance of greater attendance

  • Promo items supplied for participants, while supplies last

  • Champion playmats or other prizes often provided for winner of each age division

  • Additional prizes are at the organizer's discretion

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Championship Points

The Championship Series is the path for players to qualify for the yearly Pokémon World Championships. Championship Series events include any Play! Pokémon events where players can compete for Championship Points. In addition to earning Championship Points, players at these events can also win Travel Awards to International Championships. Other events, namely Pokémon League meetups and Prerelease tournaments, are still sanctioned and supported by The Pokémon Company International, but are not part of the Championship Series and do not award Championship Points.

Championship Points are awarded if the event is run through TOM (our proprietary tournament operations software) and successfully reported within seven days of the event's conclusion.


Pokémon Trainer Club Accounts

Organizers are required to have a Pokémon Trainer Club (PTC) account to run Play! Pokémon events, and hold the Organizer certification in the Professor Program. PTC accounts are free and are used to track event records, sanction events, handle disciplinary actions, and more.

Players are strongly encouraged to create a PTC account before they play in their first event. However, players do not need a PTC account the first time they compete. Players without a PTC account will be assigned a new Player ID when they are entered into an event by the Tournament Organizer, who must assign new Players their IDs before entering them in TOM.

Players will need to link that Player ID to their PTC account to be eligible to receive Championship Points. Players under the age of 13 will need the help of a parent or guardian to create an account.




This information applies to the United States and Canada only. Eligibility criteria may vary based on geographic region. This information is subject to change at any time. Please check back regularly for updates

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