The 2011 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series is the test of Pokémon Trainers throughout the United States and Europe! The competitors at this year's tournaments will battle with Pokémon from the new Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games exclusively.
In the United States, the Regional tournaments are open events, meaning you just need to show up ready to play, although space is limited. The top players from each Regional event will be invited to compete in the National Championships in Indianapolis in June. Then, the top players at the National Championships will earn invites to compete with players across the globe at the Pokémon World Championships in San Diego, California, this August!
In Europe, National events will be held in England, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. Like the Regional events in the United States, all of the European National events are open to all attendees, although space is limited. The top competitors from these tournaments will be eligible to compete in the World Championships in San Diego!
The 2011 Pokémon Video Game Championships will be played exclusively using legitimate Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version Game Cards.
- Players at European events may only use European versions
- Players at United States events may only use North American versions
- Players at the World Championships may use any version
Players will compete in one of three age divisions, based on their dates of birth.
- Junior Division: Born in 2000 or later
- Senior Division: Born in 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
- Masters Division: Born in 1995 or earlier
Tournament matches will take place via Infrared Connection. Players must provide their own Nintendo DS systems and Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version Game Cards and cannot share systems or Game Cards with another player at the event.
It is strongly recommended that players bring chargers for their Nintendo DS systems, as the tourament staff will not have chargers available for loan. Power outlets will be provided in the game play area.