The Pokémon Video Game Championship Series is back, and the search for Australia and New Zealand's best Pokémon Trainers is on! If you enjoy Pokémon Video Games and want to meet other Pokémon fans, then come along and join in the fun at one of the events taking place in Australia and New Zealand.
In previous years in Australia and New Zealand, players competed at Regional Championship events and top finishers were awarded travel awards to the National Championships, where they could compete for qualification and travel awards to the World Championships. In the 2015 season, players will be able to compete in more events than ever as the series expands with the introduction of Premier Challenge Tournaments and Championship Points that build toward coveted World Championships invitations and travel awards to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships held in Boston, U.S. in August!
A special treat awaits Pokémon fans when the Queen’s Birthday weekend rolls around, with the 2015 Pokémon Video Game and Pokémon Trading Card National Championships combining for a massive three-day event for the first time!
With the competition split over the three days, players should take note of the following:
The event is shaping up to be fun-filled and full of Pokémon action for both spectators and players competing for Championship Points that build toward coveted invitations to the 2015 Pokémon World Championships in Boston, U.S.!
Competitors may register to compete in both Video Game and Trading Card Game events, including finals.
Anyone can play - there is no pre-requisite to be able to enter the 2015 Pokémon Video Game National Championships. Players will just need to bring one of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems (fully charged!) and either Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Card or Download version. Please see below for further information on rules and tournament information.
Due to the expected attendance on Sunday, Masters and Senior competitors are strongly encouraged to attend on Saturday to pre-register for the tournament within the allocated time period of 12:30pm until 6pm. Although some registration time is available on Sunday, those not registered by 10pm will be unable to enter the tournament.
Tournaments for all age divisions will be run via Best of Three Swiss Pairings format during the Qualifying Rounds on Sunday, where all players should expect to play multiple games throughout the day depending on registration numbers. No one goes home after one or two games!
Those who qualify for Finals - depending on total player attendance - will compete via Best of Three Single Elimination format.
In addition to the official tournament for both Video Game and Trading Card Game, there will be heaps of fun side events happening right throughout the weekend!
Players competing in the Video Game National Championships can win great prizes. Players will also earn Championship Points toward an invitation or Travel Award to the 2015 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in Boston, MA, on August 21–23, 2015. Prizes are awarded to the top 8 players in each age division.
Championship Points for all events including Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships and Pokémon Video Game National Championships will be made available following the National Championships. We appreciate your patience.
Melbourne Park Function Centre is easily accessible by Train and Tram from Melbourne CBD.
Tram 70 (Wattle Park) from Flinders Street and Richmond Station stops at Rod Laver Arena (Stop 7B) right next to Melbourne Park Function Centre.
By train, head to Richmond or Jolimont Station and walk to Melbourne Park Function Centre.
For parking options, please visit: http://www.melbournepark.com.au/arriving-and-access/parking/
Attendees can get a Pachirisu just like the one Se Jun Park used on his World Championships team! Se Jun dazzled the competition at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships with a creative team that included Pachirisu, a Pokémon that few other players considered battling with. Watch Se Jun's Final Round battle to see Pachirisu in action.
The Lv. 50 Pachirisu will be available via local wireless distribution for your Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video game. You'll need to bring your own game and system in the Nintendo 3DS family.
|8:30am:||TCG Registration opens|
|10am:||TCG Registration closes|
|10:00am:||TCG Start of play|
|12:30pm:||VG Registration opens|
|1pm:||VG Side events open|
|6pm:||End of day|
|8:00am:||VG Registration opens|
|10am:||VG registration closes|
|10am:||VG Start of play|
|10:30am:||TCG Side events open|
|5pm*:||VG Junior End of play|
|8pm*:||VG Senior End of play|
|10pm*:||VG Masters End of play|
* = Tentative
|10am:||VG Finalists arrive|
|10:30am:||VG Finals start|
|11am:||VG and TCG Side events open|
|1:30pm:||VG Junior Final|
|2pm:||TCG Finals start|
|2:30pm:||VG Senior Final|
|3:30pm:||VG Masters Final|
|5:30pm:||TCG Finals all age divisions|
The 2015 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series will be played exclusively using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS.
Junior Division: Born in 2004 or later
Senior Division: Born in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Masters Division: Born in 1999 or earlier
To read the rules in full, please click here.
With the introduction of Championship Points in 2015, players in Australia and New Zealand will compete in the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone, with the top placed players in each age division qualifying for invitation to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships based on their Championship Points standing at the end of the season.
Pokémon Video Game World Championships qualification invitations for Asia-Pacific Rating Zone:
Masters Division: Born in 1999 or earlier - Top 18
Senior Division: Born in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 - Top 18
Junior Division: Born in 2004 or later - Top 10
For more information regarding the accrual of Championship Points, please visit: http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-events/pokemon-tournaments/earn-championship-points-vg/
Just for competing, all players will receive a Pokémon Video Game Championship Series lanyard and competitor card.
Players who place in the top 2 in each age division at each Regional Championship event will receive flights and accommodation to the 2015 Pokémon Video Game Australian National Championships, with details to be announced soon!
In addition, at the end of the season, the top two placed players in each age division from the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone will receive a travel award to the 2015 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in Boston,U.S.!
New in the 2015 season in Australia and New Zealand, Premier Challenges allow specially approved Tournament Organisers to run video game events at locations in Australia and New Zealand, with all players receiving Championship Points for participating. Premier Challenges will provide a good opportunity for players to enjoy playing Pokémon with other fans and gain valuable experience at smaller events in the lead up to the Regional and National Championships
Keep up to date with the details and locations of Premier Challenges at: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-events/find-an-event/