This spring and summer, thousands of PokÃ©mon Trainers from around the globe will battle with their prized PokÃ©mon for a chance to claim victory at the 2010 PokÃ©mon Video Game Championships. The PokÃ©mon Company International today announced the upcoming tournament dates, locations, and new regulations for the most anticipated PokÃ©mon video game event of the year.
Pitting some of the worldâ€™s best PokÃ©mon players in head-to-head competition, the PokÃ©mon Video Game Championships are the only official PokÃ©mon video game tournaments. Due to the fantastic response from players who came from all over the world to compete in last year’s events, PokÃ©mon has increased the number of qualifying tournaments and the number of participants at each location for the 2010 event series. The series will also introduce the use of Legendary PokÃ©mon for the first time in recognition of the popular PokÃ©mon HeartGold Version and PokÃ©mon SoulSilver Version titles released earlier this year for the Nintendo DS family of hand-held systems. Legendary PokÃ©mon are some of the most powerful and hard-to-find PokÃ©mon in the PokÃ©mon universe.
In Europe, the PokÃ©mon Video Game Championship qualifiers kick off in Birmingham, UK on Saturday May 29, before heading to Germany, France and then Spain to determine who will get the chance to pit their skills against the best players from U.S. and Japan, at the World Championships in Hawaii, U.S.A.! In parallel with the European qualifier events, tournaments will be taking place in U.S. and Japan.
The European qualifier.schedule is as follows:
May 29, Birmingham, United Kingdomâ€”National Exhibition Center,(The Pavilion hall)
June 5, Cologne, Germanyâ€”Pullman Hotel
June 12, Lyon, Franceâ€”CitÃ© Centre de CongrÃ¨s (Forum 4)
June 19, Madrid, Spainâ€”IFEMA, Feria de Madrid (N101-N104)
August 13, Kona, Hawaii *â€”Hilton Waikoloa Village
*Last Chance Qualifier for World Championships
At each Qualifier tournament, players from two different age divisions (Born in 1998 or later, and born in 1997 or earlier) will be selected on a first come, first served basis from those in attendance. The top four players from each age division will receive an invitation to compete on the ultimate stageâ€”the 2010 PokÃ©mon Video Game World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on August 13â€“15. There, the European players will meet their international rivals from Japan and U.S. to determine the World Champion in each division. Top finishers will be awarded international travel packages, trophies, and special PokÃ©mon prizes.
â€œThe return of the PokÃ©mon Video Game Championship season allows PokÃ©mon Trainers everywhere to join in and be part of the fun and excitement that PokÃ©mon is known for,â€ said J.C. Smith, director of consumer marketing for The PokÃ©mon Company International. â€œThis year weâ€™re increasing the number of tournaments and are implementing new rules to ensure some of the most fast-paced, exhilarating, and entertaining matches that the PokÃ©mon Video Game Championships have ever seen.â€
Competitors in Europe will be required to play with the European versions of the PokÃ©mon HeartGold Version or PokÃ©mon SoulSilver Version Game Cards (U.S. events may only use North American versions of the game cards), which became available on March 26 at retailers across Europe. The tournament will use the Flat Battle and GS Cup rules sets. These exciting formats include an auto-level feature, which sets all PokÃ©mon that are above level 50 down to level 50 for the duration of the battleâ€”allowing players to use some of the most powerful Legendary PokÃ©mon in battle.
Like last yearâ€™s tournaments, all attendees who bring their copy of PokÃ©mon HeartGold or SoulSilver Version can walk away with a character distribution. This year the PokÃ©mon distribution is a rarely seen Shiny Eevee that will be a different colour than it normally appears in game play.
More information, including that related to prizes, tournament locations, times, PokÃ©mon restrictions, and rules can be found by visiting www.pokemonvgc.com.