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The 2022 Pokémon North America International Championships will take place this weekend at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, marking the second International Championship of the year and the final major Pokémon tournament before the World Championships in August.
A number of top Pokémon players will flock to Columbus for their final shots to earn more Championship Points, including Wolfe “Wolfey” Glick. As the reigning Video Game Champion from the 2019 NAIC, Wolfey will look to bounce back from his ninth-place finish at the Europe International Championships earlier this year.
On my way to Columbus for the North American International Championships this weekend! Feels great to be back after three years, hoping to defend the title
— Wolfey (@WolfeyGlick) June 21, 2022
Here’s everything viewers need to know heading into the 2022 Pokémon NAIC, including the stream schedule and which games will be featured at the event.
How to watch the 2022 Pokémon NAIC
The 2022 Pokémon NAIC will feature brackets for every current competitive Pokémon game except for UNITE. As a result, fans can expect to see high-level gameplay for the VGC, trading card game, Pokémon GO and Pokkén Tournament DX. In addition, the broadcast will happen across four Twitch channels: Pokémon, PokémonTCG, PokémonGO and PokkénTournament.
Coverage for all four games will begin at 9 a.m. ET on Friday and continue throughout the day. Likewise, the streams for each game will resume at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Additionally, the Pokémon GO and Pokkén Tournament DX brackets will conclude on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the final swiss rounds and the start of the top cut for both the VGC and the TCG will happen on Saturday. Finally, the last matches for each age division of the VGC and the TCG will take place on Sunday. Championship Sunday coverage will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature both games on the main Pokémon Twitch channel.
Throughout the 2022 Pokémon NAIC, viewers will get to hear commentary from the following casters:
- VGC – Adam “Dozzalon” Dorricott, Rosemary “Nekkra” Kelley, Joe “Xeminan” Brown and Sierra “Sierra Dawn” Hunter
- TCG – Kyle Sabelhaus, Chip Richey, Adam Watson and Shelbie “FrostedCaribou” Bou
- Pokémon GO – Gabby “SimplyGabby” Snyder, William “SpeediestChief2” Dunphey, Caleb Peng and Steven “2OButters” Sanders
- Pokkén Tournament DX – Evan “WonderChef” Hashimoto, Russell “Kino” Klein and Alex “Jin” Williams
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.