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World Champions Crowned at the 2013 Pokeacute;mon World Championships

Players Representing More Than 25 Countries Battled for the Titles of Pokeacute;mon Trading Card Game and Video Game World Champions at the 10th Anniversary Event

London, UKmdash;August 12 th, 2013mdash; The 2013 Pokeacute;mon Championship Series came to a thrilling conclusion this weekend at the 2013 Pokeacute;mon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada. After a yearlong series of qualifiers and two days of intense competition, six battle-tested champions walked away as the worldrsquo;s best Pokeacute;mon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players, rising above hundreds of other Pokeacute;mon players that traveled to Canada from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This yearrsquo;s Pokeacute;mon World Championships marked the 10 th anniversary for the global event.

The 2013 Pokeacute;mon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:

    <*>2013 Pokeacute;mon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Ondrej Kujal from Czech Republic. <*>2013 Pokeacute;mon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Brendan Zheng from United States. <*>2013 Pokeacute;mon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Kaiwen Cabbabe from Australia. <*>2013 Pokeacute;mon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Hayden McTavish from United States. <*>2013 Pokeacute;mon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Jason Klaczynski from United States. <*>2013 Pokeacute;mon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Arash Ommati from Italy.
Winners of the invitation-only tournament earned the title of Pokeacute;mon World Champion, received a special World Championships trophy featuring Pikachu, won a trip to next yearrsquo;s World Championships in Washington, DC, and collected scholarship money. The Pokeacute;mon Company International has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships since it began running the tournaments.

ldquo;The Pokeacute;mon World Championships celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokeacute;mon spirit embodies,rdquo; said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokeacute;mon Company International.ldquo;We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2013 Pokeacute;mon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.rdquo;

To view highlights from the 2013 Pokeacute;mon World Championships, including official standings, photos, videos, and player interviews, please visit www.pokemon.co.uk/worlds and the Pokeacute;mon channel on www.twitch.tv. For more information on how to participate in future Pokeacute;mon Championship Series events, please visit www.pokemon.co.uk/play.

2013 Pokeacute;mon Trading Card Game World Finalistsmdash;Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)

World Champion: Ondrej Kujal (Czech Republic)

Second Place: Yugo Sato (Japan)

2013 Pokeacute;mon Trading Card Game World Finalistsmdash;Senior Division (born in 1998ndash;2001)

World Champion: Kaiwen Cabbabe (Australia)

Second Place: Clement Lamberton (France)

2013 Pokeacute;mon Trading Card Game World Finalistsmdash;Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)

World Champion: Jason Klaczynski (United States)

Second Place: Simon Narode (United States)

2013 Pokeacute;mon Video Game World Finalistsmdash;Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)

World Champion: Brendan Zheng (United States)

Second Place: Fuko Nakamichinbsp; (Japan)

2013 Pokeacute;mon Video Game World Finalistsmdash;Senior Division (born in 1998ndash;2001)

World Champion: Hayden McTavish (United States)

Second Place: Ben Hickey (United States)

2013 Pokeacute;mon Video Game World Finalistsmdash;Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)

World Champion: Arash Ommati (Italy)

Second Place: Ryouske Kosuge (Japan)

About Pokeacute;mon

The Pokeacute;mon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokeacute;mon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, and marketing, the Pokeacute;mon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokeacute;mon website. Pokeacute;mon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular childrenrsquo;s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit Pokemon.co.uknbsp;

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