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Changes Announced for Pokemon Tournements

Fans of the Pokemon TCG and video games can look forward to some exciting changes that are being implemented for the 2011-2012 tournament season according to the Pokemon Company, which announced today that it is rolling out new features that will add more excitement and opportunities to play and win throughout the year.

Starting this tournament season, Championship Points will be awarded at all Pokemon Championship Series events, providing players who compete in multiple events throughout the season with more opportunities to earn points. Pokemon TCG players can begin earning Championship Points now by attending Battle Road Autumn events, and video game players can begin earning Championship Points starting with Regional Championship events.

To help players increase their chances of earning Championship Points, The Pokemon Company is splitting its Regional Championships schedule in North America in two, with seven tournaments taking place in mid-November 2011 and eight in mid-April 2012. Players may attend a maximum of two Regional Championship events out of the thirteen being held in the United States, and two in Canada, and earn points at each.

To make the expanded Regional Championships a more complete Pokemon experience, Pokemon TCG and video game Regional Championship tournaments will now be held during the same weekend and at the same location, with players competing in the TCG tournament on Saturdays, and the TCG finals taking place on Sundays, while video game players will compete on Sundays.

Players of all skill levels are encouraged to come and compete. And, if TCG players don't advance to the TCG finals on Sunday, they are welcome to compete in the video game tournament that same day.

The first Autumn Regional Championships kick off on Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th, with seven event locations, including Long Beach, California; Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Crestwood, Missouri; Salem, Oregon; Providence, Rhode Island; and Doswell, Virginia.

Players wishing to find out more information should visit, as details on the April 2012 event dates and locations will be added to the website's Play! Pokemon section.

Online Tournament Added to Season

In addition to the established tournaments, the Pokemon Company has announced that it is holding its first-ever online video game tournament, the Pokemon Autumn Friendly, from October 20th through the 23rd, 2011. Using Pokemon from the Unova region, players from all over the world will compete for the right to be crowned the Pokemon Autumn Friendly Champion. The action will take place on the Pokemon Global Link's Global Battle Union site and, though not an official Play! Pokemon tournament season event, players will be the first to battle in a Pokemon-sanctioned Global Battle Union tournaments.

Registration for the Pokemon Autumn Friendly will take place October 12th through the 19th at Gamers wishing to compete will need a copy of the Pokemon Black Version or Pokemon White Version game and a Nintendo 3DS or a system from the Nintendo DS family. They must also have a Pokemon Trainer Club account, which is free and simple to open at

To learn more about the 2011-2012 Play! Pokemon tournament season and the Pokemon Autumn Friendly, gamers can visit

Are you planning on competing? Share your best team with the GU Community by commenting below!

Posted: 10th Oct 2011 by CMBF
Pokemon Black, Nintendo DS, 3DS,

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