Pokémon is a very important franchise in its own right, and a very good one for eSports as well. Slowly and surely, this and other Nintendo franchises open themselves up to the competitive scene. Considering the scene itself is a big magnet of viewers and participants, it’s a really good choice. As such, The Pokémon Company has opened sign-ups for a new tournament dubbed: “Pokémon Europe International Championships”.
The competitors of the tournament will be able to duke it out for the glory of becoming a Pokémon Master and earning a $250,000 USD Prize Pool. The tournament will be held in London come November 17 to 19 of this year. The tournament will take place at the ExCel London convention center. It will also have different divisions of players according to their standing on the Play! Pokémon Program.
The tournament will begin on Friday, Nov. 17 at 8:30am GMT and will finish when all matches are concluded throughout the three days. The main matches will be streamed on multiple platforms, including Twitch, showing off both the Trading Card Game and Video Game portions of the event.
The games that will be played during the tournament will be the up-to-date versions of Pokémon Sun & Moon. The legendary restriction is still in place, as well as the fact that only Pokémon catchable in the wild can be played in the Tournament. If you want to read the full ruleset, feel free to read the backup I made on my account for future reference. It’s quite informative of the proceedings of the tournament.
The tournament will go as follows: Masters Division players will begin on Friday and compete using a two-day Swiss format followed by single-elimination rounds. The top players will advance to Day 2 of Swiss rounds on Saturday. After that, Junior and Senior Division players will compete Swiss rounds on Saturday, followed by single-elimination Top 8 rounds on Sunday.