Pokémon World Champions crowned in Hawaii

Six Pokémon trading card game (TCG) and video game world champions were crowned in Waikoloa, Hawaii today after an intense weekend of competition.

Six Pokémon trading card game (TCG) and video game world champions were crowned in Waikoloa, Hawaii today after an intense weekend of competition.

More than 400 players from 30 different countries had to first qualify on their home turf before being invited to Hawaii to compete in the World Championships. The tournament was divided into the TCG competition and the video game competition, with each category having three divisions: the Junior Division (those born in 2001 or later), Senior Division (born in 1997-2000), and Masters Division (born 1996 or earlier).

The results from the weekend were:

2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists-Junior Division
World Champion: Shuto Itagaki (Japan)
Second Place: Ian Robb (USA)

2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists-Senior Division
World Champion: Chase Moloney (Canada)
Second Place: Colter Decker (USA)

2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists-Masters Division
World Champion: Igor Costa (Portugal)
Second Place: Harrison Leven (USA)

2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists-Junior Division
World Champion: Abram Burrows (USA)
Second Place: Brian Hough (USA)

2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists-Senior Division
World Champion: Toler Webb (USA)
Second Place: Jaime Martinez Alonso (Spain)

2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists-Masters Division
World Champion: Ray Rizzo (USA)
Second Place: Wolfe Glick (USA)

Ray Rizzo's victory also marks the first time a player has won three consecutive Pokemon World Championships.

The winners collectively earned more than $100,000 in scholarships, received a special Pikachu World Championship trophy, and The Pokémon Company International will choose a select number of Pokémon World Championships video game finalists and their Pokémon teams to be distributed as a Pokémon Trainer avatar in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.

Both games launch globally in the week of October 7th.

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