Every year, the Pokemon Company hosts a series of tournaments to determine the best Pokemon players in the world. This year, the tournament organizer ditched national tournaments in favor of four "International Championships" in North America, Europe, Australia, and Latin America. The top competitors in those competitions will move on to the Pokemon World Championships, which will take place in August in Anaheim, California.
Registration for the North American International Championships is now open. The event will take place from June 30 to July 2 at Indianapolis's Indiana Convention Center. Like other International Championships, there will be events for both the Pokemon video games and the Pokemon Trading Card Game.
In addition to receiving Championship Points that will help players qualify for the World Championships, there's also a $200,000 prize pool that will be split between winners and top runner-ups.
The weird thing about this year's International Championships is that there's a rather high registration fee to compete. Players will have to spend $45 (for the under 16 divisions) or $60 (for 16+) to compete in this year's championships. However, anyone who competes will get plenty of swag, including a player pin, some TCG supplies, and either a hat or card playmat.
If you want to go to the International Championships to watch, you'll also have to pay. It'll cost $15 to watch the championships live, although each spectator will get some TCG booster packs when they arrive. Please note that if you want to attend, you'll need to purchase your spectator badge in advance online, as they won't be selling badges at the convention center.
Registration runs through June 28. Anyone can sign up, so be sure to put your Pokemon skills to the test next month!