Pokémon Video Game Championship Series

Join the worldwide community of video game competitors in the Play! Pokémon Video Game Championship Series.

  • Play in live, in-person competitions at locations around the world

  • Events for competitors of all levels, from those brand-new to the game to topflight players

  • Earn Championship Points toward an invitation to the yearly Pokémon World Championships

  • Win cool prizes and Travel Awards to future international events

The Video Game Championship Series is a major part of the Play! Pokémon program, which also includes Pokémon League events.

How to play in the Pokémon Video Game Championship Series

Most smaller tournaments require no advance registration—all you need to do is show up with a Nintendo Switch system, your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game, and a legal team. Tournaments at the Regionals level and above may require advance registration; be sure to check the tournament listing for details. Larger tournaments typically require preregistration and often have an entry fee. Side events are also frequently held at larger events, giving players more ways to compete and earn prizes!

The tournament format changes periodically to keep the game fun and challenging for competitors. See the Play! Pokémon rules and regulations page for details on the current format.

To register for Championship Series events, all Pokémon video game competitors will need to have a Pokémon Trainer Club account, have a Play! Pokémon Player ID, and accept the Play! Pokémon Terms of Use.

It's easy to get started in the Pokémon Championship Series! Use the Event Locator to find out where you can compete in your area.

Pokémon Video Game Championship events

The following Play! Pokémon Championship Series events are open to all players.

Premier Challenges are the first step for competitive Pokémon video game players and a great place to get started in competitive video game events.

Midseason Showdowns give Pokémon video game players a chance at more Championship Points against stronger competition, and they're a good opportunity to practice and prepare for larger events.

Regional Championships take place all around the world. After the Pokémon International Championships, the Pokémon Regional Championships are the largest events in terms of both attendance and Championship Point payouts.

The International Championships draw Pokémon video game players from all around the globe during the Championship Series season. These amazing events feature high Championship Point payouts and a larger prize pool.

In addition to the regular events in the Championship Series schedule, Pokémon Special Events give Pokémon video game players more chances to earn Championship Points.

The best players throughout the season can earn invitations to the Pokémon World Championships! Competitors who have earned the requisite number of Championship Points during the season will receive an invitation to compete, but all fans are welcome to come witness the excitement of the most prestigious event in the Pokémon Championship Series.

Note that some events require spectator passes, as well. Some events have limited capacity and require spectators and participants to have badges, as well as comply with our COVID policy.

To get started in the Pokémon Championship Series, find an event near you and join the fun. Good luck, Trainers!

Championship Series Events

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