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Details released on format and event schedule for the 2023 Pokémon Championship Series

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The Pokémon Company International and Play! Pokémon have announced the base structure for the 2023 Pokémon Championship Series, together with a schedule for a range of upcoming events. The 2023 Play! Pokémon season, leading to the 2023 Pokémon World Championships, will include four different Pokémon game categories: the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon UNITE.

For the 2023 season, Regional Championships and International Championships will be hosted across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania. Travel Awards will also continue to be available for these events.

We'll continue to provide further updates on the 2023 Pokémon Championship Series as more information is released.

Series Structure
As usual, the age divisions for players in the 2023 season will increase by one year from the 2022 season:
  • Junior Division: Born in 2011 or later
  • Senior Division: Born in 2007, 2008, 2009, or 2010
  • Masters Division: Born in 2006 or earlier
2023 Pokémon TCG Championship Series
The structure of the Pokémon TCG Championship Series will be mostly unchanged from the 2022 season, and most Championship Series events, including all Regional and International Championships, will use the Standard format. All local Championship Point tournaments will remain suspended until further notice.

2023 Pokémon Video Game Championship (VGC) Series
The structure of the 2023 VGC circuit is being reevaluated due to the impending release of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. Consequently, there will be no Video Game Championship Series events until January 2023. The 2023 season will be played on Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. More information on the structure of this series will be released later in 2022.

2023 Pokémon GO Championship Series
The Pokémon GO Championship Series had its debut season in 2022, and will continue to expand in 2023, with additional events to be held alongside both TCG and VGC events. In a change from the 2022 season, all players will now compete together in a single age division.

2023 Pokémon UNITE Championship Series
Pokémon UNITE will also be returning to the Pokémon Championship Series in 2023. At this stage, no information has been released regarding the specific structure of the competition, or any changes that might be made from the 2022 debut season.

Event Schedule and Travel Awards
Regional Championships

Regional Championships will continue to take place in the 2023 season, with numerous events already planned across North America, Europe, and Latin America. Special Events will also be making a return in Europe for the 2023 season. As of writing, no Regional Championships have yet been announced for Oceania, however details for these and other regionals have been promised for a future update.

Most Regional Championships during this season's Championship Series will include both Pokémon TCG and Pokémon GO tournaments. Regional Championships scheduled from January 2023 will also include VGC events for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.

All dates, locations, and formats announced are subject to change. The main competitions for Regional Championships in North America will take place on Saturdays and Sundays.

North America Regional Championships
  • Baltimore Regional Championships: September 16–18, 2022
  • Peoria Regional Championships: September 29–October 2, 2022
  • Salt Lake City Regional Championships: October 14–16, 2022
  • Toronto Regional Championships: December 2–4, 2022
  • Arlington Regional Championships: December 16–18, 2022
  • San Diego Regional Championships: January 6–8, 2023
  • Florida Regional Championships: February 3–5, 2023
  • Knoxville Regional Championships: February 24–26, 2023
  • Vancouver Regional Championships: March 10–12, 2023
  • Charlotte Regional Championships: March 24–26, 2023
  • Fort Wayne Regional Championships: March 31–April 2, 2023
  • Portland Regional Championships: May 5–7, 2023
  • Hartford Regional Championships: May 19–21, 2023
  • Wisconsin Regional Championships: June 16–18, 2023
Europe Regional Championships
  • Bilbao Special Event: September 17–18, 2022
  • Lille Regional Championships: October 22–23, 2022
  • Warsaw Regional Championships: November 12–13, 2022
  • Stuttgart Regional Championships: December 3–4, 2022
  • Liverpool Regional Championships: January 21–22, 2023
  • Bochum Regional Championships: February 25–26, 2023
  • Utrecht Special Event: March 18–19, 2023
  • Malmö Regional Championships: May 20–21, 2023
Latin America Regional Championships
  • Porto Alegre Regional Championships: September 17–18, 2022
International Championships
International Championships for the 2023 Pokémon Championship Series will be held in Latin America, Oceania, Europe, and North America.

Travel Awards for Pokémon TCG events will continue to function as they did previously, with Championship Points earned from the day after the Europe International Championships through to and including the North America International Championships determining Travel Awards for the Latin America International Championships in November 2022. As VGC events will not be resuming until January, VGC Championship Points earned during the initial period will determine Travel Awards for the Oceania International Championships.
  • Brazil - Latin America: November 2022
  • Australia - Oceania: February 2023
  • United Kingdom - Europe: April 2023
  • USA - North America: June 2023


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