The Pokemon franchise has been rolling for a great many years now but it shows no signs of losing it’s relevance to gamers of all levels, that’s for sure. We’ve got news fresh from Hawaii as this weekend saw the 2012 Pokemon World Championships take place in the tropical paradise. Hundreds of skilled players from more than thirty countries across the world descended upon Waikoloa to face off in either trading card or video game form to take home the trophy in their respective discipline and age group in this invitation-only tournament. Further, the six champions secured between them more than $100,000 in scholarship fees and cemented their place in video game history as they and other select finalists will be added to Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 as Trainers in the new in-game battle arena, Pokemon World Tournament. Players will be able to battle these players to test their mettle at the highest level when the games launch this October.
The 2012 Pokémon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:
- 2012 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Shuto Itagaki from Japan.
- 2012 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Abram Burrows from the United States of America.
- 2012 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Chase Moloney from Canada.
- 2012 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Toler Webb from the United States of America.
- 2012 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Igor Costa from Portugal.
- 2012 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Ray Rizzo from the United States of America.
J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International had the following to say,
The Pokémon World Championships not only showcase some of the best Pokémon TCG and video game players from around the world, they also celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokémon spirit embodies. We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2012 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.