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Pokémon announces dates and cities for 2023 International Championships

The race to Yokohama is on

The Pokémon Company announced Friday the dates and locations for all four International Championships of the 2023 Pokémon Championship Series. The 2023 season is already in progress and will have its first major tournaments later this year.

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Here are the dates and cities for the 2023 Pokémon International Championships in each region:

  • Latin America – November 25-27, 2022 (São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Oceania – February 17-19, 2023 (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Europe – April 14-16, 2023 (London, England)
  • North America – June 23-25, 2023 (Columbus, Ohio)

Following the removal of Pokkén Tournament after this year’s World Championships, there are now four games on the official competitive Pokémon circuit. They are the video game championship, the trading card game, Pokémon GO and Pokémon UNITE.

However, Pokémon UNITE will continue its format of hosting all qualifiers prior to the World Championships online. As a result, only three games will make appearances at Regional and International Championships over the course of the next year.

More about the 2023 Pokémon International Championships

The VGC is currently on a temporary off-season leading up to the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It will return to official Pokémon tournaments beginning in January of 2023. This means that only the TCG and Pokémon GO will appear at the Latin America International Championships later this month.

TCG and VGC players alike will get to compete for a large number of Championship Points at the remaining three 2023 Pokémon International Championships. By earning a high enough number of Championship Points, these players may then receive a direct invitation to the 2023 Pokémon World Championships in Yokohama, Japan.

Meanwhile, Pokémon GO players will not compete for Championship Points. Instead, GO will follow the format previously used by Pokkén Tournament, with the top-performing players at each International Championships automatically qualifying for Worlds. The top four Pokémon GO players at each event will get invited to Worlds, while the top two will also receive a travel award to help them get there.

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Dylan Tate
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.