Play! Pokémon unveils Championship 2022 details

We’ve got new details about the 2022 Play! Pokémon Championship Series. The Play! Pokémon Championship Series brings competitors together from around the world in a series of Regional, International, and Special events to compete for prizes and, ultimately, the title of Pokémon World Champion.
Trainers from around the world will compete in the Pokémon TCG, the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, the Pokkén Tournament DX game, and for the first time in Pokémon GO, for millions in prizes and travel awards.

For the 2022 Championship, some players will qualify for new age divisions. All players who earned points in the 2020 season, which was canceled in March 2020 after nine months of play, will have their points transferred to the 2022 season.

Play! Pokémon age divisions and Championship Points details

The age division for players in the 2022 season will increase by one year from the 2020 season:
Junior Division: Born in 2010 or later
Senior Division: Born in 2006, 2007, 2008, or 2009
Masters Division: Born in 2005 or earlier
The 2022 World Championships will take place over four days, beginning on a Thursday.

More details about points and CP qualification thresholds can be found ->here<-

Health and safety

The health and safety of the competitive play communities continue to be the most important aspects of resuming live Play! Pokémon events.
Organisator assures us that they monitor the whole situation. Play! Pokémon events will be determined by the health mandates, guidelines, and recommendations provided by appropriate government agencies. Once in-person events resume, all competitors, vendors, staff, and spectators must comply with The Pokémon Company International’s COVID-19 policy to ensure the health and safety of all attendees.

What does mean for such a large championship event? 
For events with 300+ attendees and staff, venues are to institute the following vaccination policy:

  • Live attendance at Play! Pokémon events by players, audience, and staff should be restricted to individuals who are vaccinated.
  • Attendees must present evidence confirming that at least two weeks before the start date of the event, they received the final dose of a vaccine that is recognized on the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL).  Current vaccines on the WHO EUL list (as of June 18, 2021) include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen (J&J), Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

What is the general COVID-19 policy?

  • All present (players, audience, and staff) are to wear appropriate face coverings at all times.
  • No eating or drinking inside the venue is allowed during the event for players and staff, unless there is a clearly separated food service space operated in strict accordance with local health regulations and ordinances. In that case, eating or drinking inside the venue is permissible; however, it must remain clearly separated from the event.
  • Players are required to sanitize their hands after switching opponents and to forgo the traditional pregame handshake. Each match is to be at least 3 feet (0.91 m) apart from other matches, spectators, or other places where people may congregate.
  • This information is subject to change.

What do we know about the Pokemon GO Championship series?

At the 2019 Pokémon World Championships, fans witnessed the inaugural Pokémon GO Invitational. Now, in the very first Pokémon GO Championship Series, Trainers around the globe will have the opportunity to battle against the best and earn an invitation to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships. Organized in partnership with Niantic, this official Pokémon GO circuit will commence in 2022. During the first year of play, Pokémon GO will be featured at select events, including Regional and International Championships. Top Pokémon GO players at these events will win an invitation to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships. These Pokémon GO events will operate Senior and Master age divisions. More information about event schedules, tournament format, prize money, and more will be announced soon on the Play! Pokémon Play! Pokemon.

Prepare now for the Pokémon GO Championship series

Trainers can prepare now. Competitor slots at Play! Pokémon events will be managed via a two-phase registration window. Players who achieve Legend rank in the current Pokémon GO Battle League season will be able to register for events before anyone else in a short early-registration window during the first few months of 2022. Once this window closes, any remaining spots will be made available for players of any rank to register. Trainers will have until November 29, 2021, to compete in the current GO Battle League season. The following Pokémon GO Battle League season will fulfill the same role for a second batch of live events. To register for these events, all Pokémon GO series competitors will need to link their Pokémon GO account to a Pokémon Trainer Club account, have a How to generate Play! Pokémon Player ID, and opt in to the Play! Pokémon Terms of Use.

If you’re looking for more information about the Play! Pokémon Events, check the official website: Play! Pokemon website

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