This weekend Pokémon players from across the globe will congregate on Nashville, Tennessee for a weekend of battling to determine who’s the best in the world.
The 2018 edition of the World Championships is a massive tournament event spanning not just the latest mainline Pokémon games (VGC), but also the trading card game (TCG) and Pokkén Tournament.
While Pokémon’s competitive scene isn’t up there with the likes of Dota 2 or CS:GO, there will apparently be a $500 000 (~R7 million) prize pool. While that may sound like a lot, it is split between the three tournaments and age groups in each narrowing it even further.
Winners in the lower age divisions are also not awarded cash, instead being given the choice between travel certificates or scholarships.
Outside of the monetary incentive (or lack thereof), this event is still a lot of fun to watch, which is something you can do anywhere in the world.
The entire tournament will be streamed in various places. Embedded below is the YouTube stream which will kick off at 4PM local time for day 1. Make sure you click on the reminder so you don’t miss it.
If you prefer Twitch it’s on there too. Just note that both the YouTube and Twitch links are for the main stage and may not be what you’re looking for if you’re only interested in one or two of the games.
We recently got back into this scene through the card game after a few years of absence, and this has been the big event on the horizon over the last few months. Hopefully the stream is solid and we get to see it play out smoothly.
If you miss the live stuff, don’t stress as the VODs usually find their way to the respective platforms. Coverage and analysis will also be available from several outlets, if that’s your thing.
The complete World Championships event information can be found on the official Pokémon website.