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2013 POKÉMON EUROPEAN VIDEO GAME CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING THIS SPRING

Video Game Competitors Join Pokémon TCG Players from Across the Continent to Battle for Trips to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada

London, UKMarch 26, 2013—In exciting news for Pokémon video game players across Europe, The Pokémon Company International today announced the long-awaited dates and locations for the Pokémon European Video Game Championships. Pokémon Trainers from all over Europe and of all skill levels are encouraged to compete at the open events. Held in three major cities across the continent—Milan, Italy (May 11th-12), Bochum, Germany (May 26), and Birmingham, United Kingdom (June 2)—players will battle for the chance to earn a Travel Award to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada, this August. At the World Championships, some of the world’s elite Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players from more than 30 countries will compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion.

New to the 2013 Pokémon European Video Game Championships, competitors in good standing will have the opportunity to play in multiple rounds over the course of the event. In this Swiss format, players are not eliminated after a single loss, which allows players to continue playing Pokémon all day long! Top players will advance to a single elimination round format to determine the Pokémon Video Game National Champion. Each event is divided into three age divisions—Junior Division, Senior Division, and Masters Division. The top four Masters Division and Senior Division players and the top eight Junior Division players from each event will win a coveted Travel Award to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver.    

Players can build their teams using Pokémon from the National Pokédexi and must play using Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2 video games for the Nintendo 3DSTM or Nintendo DSTM family of systems. Players will need to bring their Player ID to their event in order to compete. To get a Pokémon Trainer Club account and Player ID, please visitPokemon.co.uk. Players can also receive a Player ID when registering at the event.

Players will compete in one of three age divisions, based on their dates of birth:
·         Junior Division—born in 2002 or later
·         Senior Division—born in 1998, 1999, 2000, or 2001
·         Masters Division—born in 1997 or earlier

Registration Information
All tournaments are free to play, with entry granted on a first-come, first-served basis. For the first time in Europe, the Pokémon Video Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) National Championships will occur over the same weekend, at the same venue. The Pokémon TCG portion of the event will only be open to British, German, and Italian players (depending on location).

Visit Pokemon.co.uk for more information, including rules, regulations, and registration for the 2013 Pokémon European Championships.

2013 Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi Tournaments
Also new for the 2013 Pokémon Video Game Championships Series season, The Pokémon Company International has added Global Battle Union (GBU) Wi-Fi tournaments to its listed events, making it easier than ever for Pokémon video game players to have the opportunity to earn invitations to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships! Top finishers in each age division of a qualifying Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi tournament will earn a first round bye at a Pokémon European Video Game Championship event. Top participants will also receive Championship Points, bringing them one step closer to earning an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver. For more information please visit Pokemon.co.uk .

Dates and Locations for Upcoming Pokémon Video Game and Trading Card Game National Championships and Pokémon International Challenge Wi-Fi Tournaments
·         April 19–22: Video Game Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge April
·         Saturday & Sunday, May 11–12: Video Game and TCG Live Event: Italy, Milan, Mediolanum Forum
·         Saturday & Sunday, May 25–26: Video Game and TCG Live Event: Germany, Bochum, RuhrCongress Bochum
·         Saturday & Sunday, June 1–2: Video Game and TCG Live Event: UK, Birmingham, National Exhibition Center (NEC, Pavilion 1)
·         June 21–25: Video Game Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge June

iRestrictions are in place on certain Legendary and Mythical Pokémon. Please seewww.pokemon.co.uk for full details.

The Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Plasma Freeze expansion is the newest addition to the Pokémon Trading Card Game and will be available in stores from May 8, bringing more than 110 new cards to collect and play.

Key Features of the Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Plasma Freeze expansion:

·Team Plasma cards—A unique blue border and Team Plasma shield adorn each Team Plasma card.

·Six new Pokémon-EX cards and six full-art Pokémon-EX rare Ultra cards—New, powerful Pokémon-EX include Deoxys-EX, Thundurus-EX, Latios-EX, and Latias-EX.

·Two new ACE SPEC cards—Incredibly powerful Trainer cards. Only one ACE SPEC card is allowed in each player’s deck.

·Booster packs—Packs of 10 additional cards selected from the expansion.

·Theme decks—60-card preconstructed decks are designed to introduce players to the Pokémon TCG by enabling them to play right away.

Black & White—Plasma Freeze theme decks and booster packs include an in-pack code card that unlocks virtual cards from the Black & White—Plasma Freeze expansion for play in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online at www.pokemon.co.uk/tcgo.

Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) is a best-selling collectible and competitive trading card game. In the competitive Pokémon TCG, each player constructs a deck of 60 cards and uses it to battle against other players in fast-paced, strategy-oriented play. Since the debut of the Pokémon TCG in 1996, more than 20 billion cards have been shipped to 73 countries around the world.

Play! Pokémon
Play! Pokémon provides opportunities for Pokémon TCG and video game players to enjoy their favourite games together—from casual Pokémon League gatherings to competitive events that make up the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game Championship Series. The Championship Series culminates each year in the Pokémon World Championships, where players from more than 30 countries battle for the title of Pokémon World Champion in three different age divisions. The 2013 Pokémon World Championships will take place this August in Vancouver, Canada.

New to Play! Pokémon?
Check out a Pokémon League in your area! Pokémon Leagues are strong communities of Pokémon TCG and video game players around the world, and groups can be found in cities and towns in many countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States, and others. Pokémon Leagues are a great way to play casually and trade with others! During 2012, close to 40,000 people participated in over 1,100 Pokémon League locations across the globe. For more information about Play! Pokémon and finding a Pokémon League in your area, please visit pokemon.co.uk/play.
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