Saturday, June 25, 2022

Pokémon Unite Championship Series gets $1m+ prize pool, with finals taking place in London

London’s Excel venue will play host to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships in August – and this time it will also feature the Pokémon Unite Championship Series.

This tournament for the Nintendo Switch MOBA game Pokémon Unite, which launched in July 2021, will feature more than $1m in prizes including $500,000 at the World Championships. This event will also include finals in other games like Pokémon Sword and Shield, Pokémon TCG, Pokémon GO and Pokkén Tournament DX.

For Unite, there will be seven regional zones supported for its first season: North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, Japan, South Korea and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Each region will allow two teams to progress to the world finals, except for Oceania and South America, which will each let one team progress.

A series of qualifying tournaments in each zone will be held each month, and players will earn Championship Points (CP) based on their team’s finishing place in that month’s tournament. Those with the most CP will qualify for the Regional Championships, then from there the best will reach the Pokémon World Championships.

Each month’s tournament will feature an open qualifier round, such as the February Cup (running from February 19th to 20th 2022), in which teams will compete in a double-elimination format. The top 16 teams will advance to the monthly finals event, which will be broadcast in most regions.

Then, in April, players will also be able to compete in the Aeos Cup, a special tournament that awards prizes and more CP than the monthly tournaments.

Pokémon Unite esports events are open to players aged 16 years old and above, with some countries having a restriction of 18+.

Pokémon Unite is a casual MOBA, akin to League of Legends and Dota 2, but is more friendly to beginners and younger players. Further reading: Pokémon Unite – thoughts from a 4-year-old and his 35-year-old dad: Is this the perfect entry-point MOBA?

Players can register for the Pokémon Unite Championship Series here and see More info on the Pokemon Unite Championship Series prize pool breakdown, rules and more here.

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