Do you want to be the very best? Like no-one ever was? If you're dead set on becoming the greatest master of them all, you'll be pleased to know that Birmingham will be hosting one of the legs of the Pokemon European Videogame Championships this year, with the winners able to participate on the global stage.
You'll also be able to compete online in a series of Wi-Fi battles. Details below.
The Birmingham stage of the European championships take place on the weekend of June 1st (National Exhibition Center, Pavilion 1). Participants will assemble teams from Black & White 2 and duke it out in a number of age divisions, with the open event allowing anyone to sign up. Winners from over 30 countries will be invited to compete in the Vancouver World Championships later in the year.
Because I don't want to get this wrong (and hence scupper your chances of entering, let alone winning), the following details come direct from the press release.
Players can build their teams using Pokémon from the National Pokédexi and must play using Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2 video games for the Nintendo 3DSTM or Nintendo DSTM family of systems. Players will need to bring their Player ID to their event in order to compete. To get a Pokémon Trainer Club account and Player ID, please visit Pokemon.co.uk. Players can also receive a Player ID when registering at the event.
Players will compete in one of three age divisions, based on their dates of birth:
- Junior Division—born in 2002 or later
- Senior Division—born in 1998, 1999, 2000, or 2001
- Masters Division—born in 1997 or earlier
All tournaments are free to play, with entry granted on a first-come, first-served basis. For the first time in Europe, the Pokémon Video Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) National Championships will occur over the same weekend, at the same venue. The Pokémon TCG portion of the event will only be open to British, German, and Italian players (depending on location).
Visit Pokemon.co.uk for more information, including rules, regulations, and registration for the 2013 Pokémon European Championships.
2013 Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi Tournaments
Also new for the 2013 Pokémon Video Game Championships Series season, The Pokémon Company International has added Global Battle Union (GBU) Wi-Fi tournaments to its listed events, making it easier than ever for Pokémon video game players to have the opportunity to earn invitations to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships! Top finishers in each age division of a qualifying Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi tournament will earn a first round bye at a Pokémon European Video Game Championship event. Top participants will also receive Championship Points, bringing them one step closer to earning an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver. For more information please visit Pokemon.co.uk .
Dates and Locations for Upcoming Pokémon Video Game and Trading Card Game National Championships and Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi Tournaments
- April 19–22: Video Game Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge April
- Saturday & Sunday, May 11–12: Video Game and TCG Live Event: Italy, Milan, Mediolanum Forum
- Saturday & Sunday, May 25–26: Video Game and TCG Live Event: Germany, Bochum, RuhrCongress Bochum
- Saturday & Sunday, June 1–2: Video Game and TCG Live Event: UK, Birmingham, National Exhibition Center (NEC, Pavilion 1)
- June 21–25: Video Game Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge June