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2012 Pokemon World Championships Happening Now on the Big Island

The 2012 Pokemon World Championships are happening this weekend at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort over on the Kona side of the Big Island.

Here is a short clip from day one:

[youtube=http://youtu.be/LNAxanTyBv8]

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships is an invitation-only event, meaning only those players who receive an official invitation from Pokémon Organized Play will be able to compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion. These invitations are distributed in the following manner:

  • The 1st and 2nd place finishers from the 2010 World Championships
  • The top 4 players at the U.S. National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the UK National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the German National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the French National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the Italian National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the Spanish National Championships
  • The top 2 players at the Canadian National Championships
  • Representatives from the Japanese World Championships Qualifiers
  • Representatives from the Korean World Championships Qualifiers
  • The top 4 players at the World Championships Last Chance Qualifier

The top 32 finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following prizes:

1st Place

  • A Pokémon World Champion Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $3,500
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

2nd Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Second Place Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $1,500
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

3rd Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Third Place Trophy
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

4th Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Fourth Place Trophy
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

5th—8th Place

  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise