Pokemon World Championships conclude with 6 champions crowned
Cheng Kun | On August 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm
The 10th edition of Pokemon’s biggest event, the world championships, concluded over the weekend in Vancouver, Canada, as six world champions in different categories were crowned. The three- day Pokemon World Championships 2013 event marks the culmination of a series of national and regional qualifiers throughout the year which has gathered all the best Pokemon video game players and Pokemon trading card players together in a huge faceoff.
Here are the final results in each category:
2013 Pokemon trading card game world finalists – junior division (born in 2002 or later)
World champion: Ondrej Kujal (Czech Republic)
Runner up: Yugo Sato (Japan)
2013 Pokemon trading card game world finalists – senior division (born in 1998–2001)
World champion: Kaiwen Cabbabe (Australia)
Runner up: Clement Lamberton (France)
2013 Pokemon trading card game world finalists – masters division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World champion: Jason Klaczynski (United States)
Runner up: Simon Narode (United States)
2013 Pokemon video game world finalists – junior division (born in 2002 or later)
World champion: Brendan Zheng (United States)
Runner up: Fuko Nakamichi (Japan)
2013 Pokemon video game world finalists – senior division (born in 1998–2001)
World champion: Hayden McTavish (United States)
Runner up: Ben Hickey (United States)
2013 Pokemon video game world finalists – masters division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World champion: Arash Ommati (Italy)
Runner up: Ryouske Kosuge (Japan)
Published and owned by Nintendo, the Pokemon franchise has come a long way since its creation in 1996, becoming one of the most recognizable video games franchises worldwide with a diverse range of merchandise. Its video games and trading cards have developed into the annual competition known informally as “Pokemon Worlds” among the most hardcore of players today.
Considering the age demographics of Pokemon players represented in the tournament, the journey to the finals is a unique one, especially for younger players. To qualify for the championships, they normally have to win a qualifying event in their home country to earn a spot. For the unlucky players who fail to make the cut via their national qualifiers, the championship offers a “last chance qualifier” that occurs just before the main tournament begins. The respective winners of the national qualifiers have their flight expenses covered while attendees looking to get through the last chance qualifier will have to travel all the way there themselves, possibly creating an obstacle for cash-strapped younger players.
The tournament is divided into two. The video game portion where players spend months capturing, training, and leveling up their Pokemons, and the trading card portion where players build up their most well-rounded deck using acquired Pokemon trading cards and face off against others.
It is however unique from other eSports tournaments in that it does not offer any prize money for the winners. Instead, the monetary rewards for players finishing among the top few come in the form of scholarship awards which help pay for tuition fees, educational supplies and equipment necessary for the respective courses in an educational institution. This is complemented by championship points that determine qualifying spots for next year’s event as well as exclusive Pokemon-themed merchandise.
You can watch a re-broadcast of the entire championship on their official Twitch TV channel here
(Editing by Steven Millward)