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2013 POKÉMON EUROPEAN VIDEO GAME CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING THIS SPRING

Video Game Competitors Join Pokémon TCG Players from Across the Continent to Battle for Trips to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada

London, UKMarch 26, 2013—In exciting news for Pok?mon video game players across Europe, The Pok?mon Company International today announced the long-awaited dates and locations for the Pok?mon European Video Game Championships. Pok?mon Trainers from all over Europe and of all skill levels are encouraged to compete at the open events. Held in three major cities across the continent—Milan, Italy (May 11 th-12), Bochum, Germany (May 26), and Birmingham, United Kingdom (June 2)—players will battle for the chance to earn a Travel Award to the 2013 Pok?mon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada, this August. At the World Championships, some of the world’s elite Pok?mon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players from more than 30 countries will compete for the title of Pok?mon World Champion.

New to the 2013 Pok?mon European Video Game Championships, competitors in good standing will have the opportunity to play in multiple rounds over the course of the event. In this Swiss format, players are not eliminated after a single loss, which allows players to continue playing Pok?mon all day long! Top players will advance to a single elimination round format to determine the Pok?mon Video Game National Champion. Each event is divided into three age divisions—Junior Division, Senior Division, and Masters Division. The top four Masters Division and Senior Division players and the top eight Junior Division players from each event will win a coveted Travel Award to the 2013 Pok?mon World Championships in Vancouver.???

Players can build their teams using Pok?mon from the National Pok?dex i and must play using Pok?mon Black 2 or Pok?mon White 2 video games for the Nintendo 3DS TM or Nintendo DS TM family of systems. Players will need to bring their Player ID to their event in order to compete. To get a Pok?mon 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

Registration Information

All tournaments are free to play, with entry granted on a first-come, first-served basis. For the first time in Europe, the Pok?mon Video Game and Pok?mon Trading Card Game (TCG) National Championships will occur over the same weekend, at the same venue. The Pok?mon 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 Pok?mon European Championships.

2013 Pok?mon International Challenge Wi-Fi Tournaments

Also new for the 2013 Pok?mon Video Game Championships Series season, The Pok?mon Company International has added Global Battle Union (GBU) Wi-Fi tournaments to its listed events, making it easier than ever for Pok?mon video game players to have the opportunity to earn invitations to the 2013 Pok?mon World Championships! Top finishers in each age division of a qualifying Pok?mon International Challenge Wi-Fi tournament will earn a first round bye at a Pok?mon European Video Game Championship event. Top participants will also receive Championship Points, bringing them one step closer to earning an invitation to the 2013 Pok?mon World Championships in Vancouver. For more information please visit Pokemon.co.uk .

Dates and Locations for Upcoming Pok?mon Video Game and Trading Card Game National Championships and Pok?mon International Challenge Wi-Fi Tournaments

????????? April 19–22: Video Game Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pok?mon 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 Pok?mon International Challenge June

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iRestrictions are in place on certain Legendary and Mythical Pok?mon. Please see www.pokemon.co.uk for full details.

About Pok?mon

The Pok?mon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pok?mon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pok?mon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pok?mon website. Pok?mon 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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