The Pokemon 2011 Video Game Championship is coming soon!

The 2011 Pokémon Video Game Championship series are coming soon to cities across europe and the united states

Battles Using Record-Breaking Video Games and an Additional Location Await Pokémon Competitors

  On the heels of the record-breaking and critically acclaimed release of
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video
games for systems in the Nintendo DS™ family, The Pokémon Company International
today announced additional details about the highly anticipated 2011 Pokémon™
Video Game Championship Series featuring the blockbuster new titles. Pokémon
Trainers will descend on Pokémon Video Game Championship Series’ locations
across Europe from June 4th and the United States from May
14th to battle in intense head-to-head competition with one goal in
mind—securing a place to at the 2011 Pokémon World Championships August
12th–14thin San Diego, California.

The 2011 Pokémon Video
Game National Championships kicks off in Europe on June 4 in Birmingham, UK
before heading to Italy for the first time ever, Spain, France and finally
Germany. The top eight finalists in each division from each of the five European
locations will earn guaranteed competitor slots at the 2011 Pokémon World
Championships. In addition to invitations to the World Championships in San
Diego, top finishers in Europe and in the U.S. will receive travel allowances,
special medals and Pokémon prizes.

The 2011 Pokémon Video Game
Championship Series kicks off in the U.S. on May 14th in Seattle,
Washington, before making five more stops in major cities across the country. At
each location, the top 16 players from each division will earn invitations to
compete at the 2011 Pokémon U.S. National
Championships July 8th-10th in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Players at the National Championships will battle to secure a top eight finish
over the weekend, and in return, receive a guaranteed competitor slot at the
2011 Pokémon World Championships.

“We’re looking forward to a fun,
competitive Pokémon Video Game Championships Series this year,” said J.C. Smith,
director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “The
excitement generated from the recent launch of the Pokémon Black Version
and Pokémon White Version video games will make for a memorable and
intriguing tournament season.”

For Europe, 2011 brings
an increase in the overall number of competitor slots, along with a new age
division and revised age brackets. The divisions now separate into three age categories: Junior (players born in 2000 or
later), Senior (players born in 1996, 1997, 1998, or 1999), and Masters (players
born in 1995 or earlier). Competitor slots have been increased this year
to 256 for the Junior division, 256 for the Senior division, and 512 for the
Masters division. All are based on a first come, first served basis. Players competing in Europe will need to play the European
versions of Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version video
games, and can only use Pokémon from the Unova Pokédex to battle (from No.
001–148, and No.151).

2011 Pokémon Video Game
National Championships: European Dates and Locations:

June 4th, Birmingham,
United Kingdom—
National Exhibition Centre, Hall
8

June 11th, Rome,
Italy—
Fiera
Roma, Hall 12, Ingresso Nord

June 18th, Madrid,
Spain—
IFEMA, Hall 1,
Feria de Madrid

June 25th, Paris,
France—
Espace Grande
Arche, Parvis de La Défense

July 2nd, Cologne,
Germany—
EXPO XXI Köln
GmbH, Gladbacher Wall 5

At all European National locations,
Junior and Senior Division lines open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:30 a.m. The Masters Division line
opens at 12:30 p.m. and closes at
1:00 p.m.

2011 Pokémon Video Game Championship
Series: U.S. Dates and Locations:


May 14th,
Seattle, WA—
Washington State Convention Center,
Hall 4B

May 21st, San
Jose, CA
San Jose Convention Center, Exhibit
Hall 2

May 28th, Dallas,
TX—
Arlington
Convention Center, Grand Hall

June 4th, Atlanta,
GA—
Gwinnett Center,
Hall A and B

June 11th, Washington,
D.C.—
Dulles Expo
Center, South Hall

June 18th, Newark,
NJ—
Meadowlands
Exposition Center

2011 Pokémon World
Championships:

August
12th–14th, San Diego, CA*—
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

*Last Chance Qualifier
for the 2011 Pokémon World Championships will be held August 12th at
the Hilton San Diego
Bayfront.

For more information about the Pokémon
Video Game Championship Series, including rules, tournament locations, dates and
times, prizes, and more please visit: www.pokemon.co.uk/vgc.

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