The 2015 Pokémon World Championships in Boston, Massachusetts are right around the corner, and today Pokémon has built the hype by revealing more details and showing some awesome artwork for the biggest Pokémon championship tournament in the world.
First and foremost, the event itself takes place at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, MA, and though participation in the World Championships is invite-only based on Championship Points earned through tournaments earlier in the season, spectators and Pokémon fans are more than welcome to attend — it's always a lot of fun with side tournaments and activities to do, plus there's always the sweet merchandise. Also, everyone at the event — spectators included! — will be able to receive a special Sharpedo holding a Sharpedonite to commemorate the event.
For the players from around the world that have qualified to participate in the Pokémon World Championships, the combined prize pool for the Trading Card Game and Video Game across all three age divisions totals over half a million US dollars, with the winner in each age division in the Trading Card Game receiving a $25,000 scholarship (in addition to other prizes) and the winner in each division in the Video Game receiving a $10,000 scholarship (in addition to other prizes). That's four times as large of a prize pool as last year's World Championships!
Not only that, but there's a special showing of Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions in Boston, MA that Saturday, August 22, at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, and a very special guest will be there — GAME FREAK Director Junichi Masuda! Last year, Mr. Junichi Masuda surprised everyone at the World Premiere of Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions by conducting a very special song, KISEKI. You can get your tickets for the event here.
As with last year's Pokémon World Championships, this year, even if you're unable to attend the event in person, you'll be able to watch all of the exciting action taking place at the comfort of your own home by watching a live stream of the event at Pokemon.com/Worlds or at Twitch.tv/Pokemon. The action begins on August 21 at 9:00am EDT (6:00am PDT), with the finals starting at August 23 at 9:00am EDT (6:00am PDT).
Lastly, I'm pleased to say that I'll be at both the 2015 Pokémon World Championships and the Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions symphony in Boston during this time! Though I'm not a participant, I'm looking forward to seeing the fun in person, and hopefully I'll even see you there as well! Feel free to say hi if you happen to see me there!