As was previously reported, Pokémon is ready to back Pokkén Tournament as a competitive title with the Pokkén Tournament Championship Series. This string of tournaments will see the Pokémon-based fighter intersect with both the National and World Championships the organization holds for their video and card games on a yearly basis, with $100,000 in prizes up for grabs.
Similar to other competitive circuits, Pokkén Tournament players will be able to earn their way to Worlds by automatically qualifying at events like Evo and Community Effort Orlando or earning championship points with consistent play at participating tournaments.
The championships will be split between North America and Europe, both of which will have minor and major events. The main difference (apart from the monetary rewards, of course) is that first- and second-place finishers at major events will be invited to Worlds while only the champions of minor events will be extended the same privilege. Sixteen players are set to be pulled from both regions in this way, with the remainder of the bracket positions going to special Japanese invites and a last-chance qualifier at Worlds itself.
A full schedule of events and prizing information have been detailed below. Please note that the prizes apply only to North America, as European details are still being hammered out.
- CEO 2016 – Orlando, FL (June 24-26, Minor)
- Pokémon US National Championships – Columbus, OH (July 1-3, Major)
- Evo 2016 – Las Vegas, NV (July 15-17, Major)
- Pokémon UK National Championships – Liverpool, UK (May 14-15, Major)
- Pokémon DE National Championships – Kassel, Germany (May 21-22, Minor)
- Pokémon IT National Championships – Milan, Italy (June 11-12, Minor)
- Worlds Last Chance Qualifier – San Francisco, CA (August 19)
- World Championships – San Francisco, CA (August 20)
- 1st Place – $1,250 + travel to Worlds
- 2nd Place – $1,000
- 3rd Place – $750
- 4th Place – $600
- 5th Place (tie) – $450 per player
- 7th Place (tie) – $250 per player
- 1st Place – $3,000 + travel to Worlds
- 2nd Place – $2,000 + travel to Worlds
- 3rd Place – $1,500
- 4th Place – $1,000
- 5th Place (tie) – $750 per player
- 7th Place (tie) – $500 per player
- 1st Place – $6,000
- 2nd Place – $4,000
- 3rd Place – $3,000
- 4th Place – $2,000
- 5th Place (tie) – $1,500 per player
- 7th Place (tie) – $1,000 per player
Further information regarding registration, championship point tracking, and more is forthcoming. Stay tuned for more details. Pokkén Tournament launches for Wii U worldwide on March 18.