World’s Top Pokémon Competitors Crowned at the 2023 Pokémon World Championships
New game mechanics announced for the Pokémon Trading Card Game
More reveals from across the franchise, including updates for Pokémon UNITE, “Pokémon: Path to the Peak” animated series, the location of the 2024 World Championships in Honolulu and Wildfire Relief Donation for Hawai’i
The 2023 Pokémon World Championships, hosted by The Pokémon Company International, drew to a close yesterday following three days of intense matches and friendly competition in Yokohama, Japan. The best Trainers from around the world attended the annual event to take part in the premier tournament for Pokémon video games and the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG). This year’s event featured the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, the Pokémon TCG, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon UNITE. More than 10,000 players and fans from around the globe gathered at the PACIFICO Yokohama Convention Center for the world’s most prestigious Pokémon event. Winners of each division can be found here.
In addition to crowning this year’s top competitive Pokémon players, new announcements and experiences were revealed across the brand. Highlights follow:
Ancient and Future Pokémon, ACE SPEC Cards Coming Soon to the Pokémon Trading Card Game
During the closing ceremonies on August 13, The Pokémon Company group also unveiled new cards and mechanics for the best-selling Pokémon TCG. Beginning fall 2023, Trainers can look forward to seeing Ancient and Future Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG, including Roaring Moon ex, Iron Valiant ex, and illustration rare versions of Brute Bonnet and Iron Moth. In addition, ACE SPEC cards, which were first introduced in the Black & White Series, will return to Standard format in 2024. More details will be shared in the future.
“Pokémon: Path to the Peak”
The Pokémon Company International debuted a new animated series titled “Pokémon: Path to the Peak” during a special August 11 screening at the 2023 Pokémon World Championships. In this new series, viewers will follow Ava and her partner Pokémon, Oddish, on their journey to rise to the top in the world of competitive Pokémon Trading Card Game play. Fans around the world can watch the first episode now on the official Pokémon YouTube channel.
2024 Pokémon World Championships Location
The location of the 2024 Pokémon World Championships was also announced during the closing ceremony on Sunday evening. Trainers from around the world can look forward to the next exciting Pokémon World Championships to be held in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
“Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires in Hawai’i, said Colin Palmer, vice president of Premier Events at The Pokémon Company International. “Our priority is to aid children, families, and their affected communities. To support relief efforts, The Pokémon Company International is making an immediate monetary donation of $200,000 to its partners at GlobalGiving through their Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund.”
To learn more about GlobalGiving’s local relief efforts and to join in supporting, please visit GlobalGiving.org/Pokemon.
In addition, The Pokémon Company International will also be matching employee donations dedicated to Hawai’i wildfire relief efforts.
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.co.uk.
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