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Pokémon World Championships award the very best with scholarship cash

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The Pokémon Championship Series crowned its 2013 video game and trading card game champions in Vancouver this weekend, after a year of qualifying rounds and two days of head-to-head matches.

Trainers from more than 25 countries gathered to determine the very best among them at the tournament's 10th anniversary event, where six players earned the title of top trainer in each of the event's six categories:

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists-Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)
World Champion: Ondrej Kujal (Czech Republic)
Second Place: Yugo Sato (Japan)

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists-Senior Division (born in 1998-2001)
World Champion: Kaiwen Cabbabe (Australia)
Second Place: Clement Lamberton (France)

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists-Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World Champion: Jason Klaczynski (United States)
Second Place: Simon Narode (United States)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists-Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)
World Champion: Brendan Zheng (United States)
Second Place: Fuko Nakamichi (Japan)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists-Senior Division (born in 1998-2001)
World Champion: Hayden McTavish (United States)
Second Place: Ben Hickey (United States)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists-Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World Champion: Arash Ommati (Italy)
Second Place: Ryouske Kosuge (Japan)

First place winners were awarded trophies featuring Pikachu and a cut of the prize pool of scholarship money, as well as a trip to next year's World Championships, to be held in Washington, D.C. Since the series began, The Pokémon Company has awarded more then $2 million in scholarships to winners.

If you're interested in watching Pokémon battles at the highest level of competition, check out the event's official Twitch channel.