Pokkén Tournament this year – a push for Japanese eSports

Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

Nintendo has just revealed that there will be a Pokkén Tournament Championship Series this year for Pokkén Tournament DX, representing an increased push by the Japanese company into esports.

Players have three qualifying events to enter for the chance to earn a trip to the World Championships in Washington DC, and there will be a Last Chance Qualifier at the Pokémon World Championships as well. At the final the competitors will fight for USD 20,000, with the tournament format for the whole thing being double-elimination.

Two age divisions will be available, with the Masters Division for those born in 2003 or earlier, and the Senior Division for those born in 2004 or later. 16 Masters Division and eight Senior Division players will go to the World Championships. The breakdown will be as follows: two Masters and one Senior from Oceania Internationals, four Masters and two Seniors from the Europe International Championships and four Masters and two Seniors from North America International Championships.

2018 Pokkén Tournament World Champion Jacob ‘ThankSwalot’ Waller automatically qualifies, and the rest of the invitations will go to Japanese players and those successful in the Last Chance Qualifier.

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