The 2015 Pokémon World Championships drew to a close this weekend in Boston.
Players from more than 38 countries competed in Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) matches and video game battles playing Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. The road to the World Championships was a challenging one, with players qualifying through a yearlong series of regional and national tournaments. After three days of intense battles that saw the world’s best Pokémon TCG and video game players competing at the highest level, six players across two disciplines and three age divisions were crowned Pokémon World Champions.
More than 5,000 players, fans, and supporters attended the event at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, while more than 1.5 million Pokémon fans tuned in to the action from home via the official live stream at Pokemon.com/Worlds and Twitch.tv/Pokemon.
The 2015 Pokémon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:
· 2015 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Rowan Stavenow from Canada.
· 2015 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Kotone Yasue from Japan.
· 2015 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Patrick Martinez from the United States.
· 2015 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Mark Mcquillan from Great Britain.
· 2015 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Jacob Van Wagner from the United States.
· 2015 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Shoma Honami from Japan.
Scottish golden boy Mark Mcquillan went from finishing in the Top 4 of the Pokémon Video Game UK National Championships earlier this year to seizing the illustrious World Champion title at the event in Boston. Historically, he stands as the first UK player ever to win the Pokémon Video Game World Championship title. Mark has been playing Pokémon video games since 2007, and you can find more information on his team he used to secure victory here.
Winners of this year’s invitation-only tournament earned the title of Pokémon World Champion, collected scholarship money, won an invitation and Travel Award to the 2016 Pokémon World Championships, and received a special Pokémon World Championships trophy featuring Pikachu. The Pokémon Company International has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships since it began running tournaments a decade ago.
“The Pokémon World Championships are an opportunity for the global Pokémon community to come together and celebrate competition, comradery, and mutual respect,” said J.C. Smith, Director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “We congratulate all of our new Pokémon World Champions. Their drive and dedication is truly inspiring.”
2015 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)
World Champion: Rowan Stavenow (Canada)
Second Place: Alejandro Ng-Guzman (United States)
2015 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)
World Champion: Kotone Yasue (Japan)
Second Place: Ryan Jaehyun Park (South Korea)
2015 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)
World Champion: Patrick Martinez (United States)
Second Place: Jeffrey Cheng (United States)
2015 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)
World Champion: Mark Mcquillan (Great Britain)
Second Place: Koki Honda (Japan)
2015 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World Champion: Jacob Van Wagner (United States)
Second Place: Mees Brenninkmeijer (Netherlands)
2015 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World Champion: Shoma Honami (Japan)
Second Place: Hideyuki Taida (Japan)
For more information on how to participate in future Pokémon Championship Series events, please visit www.pokemon.co.uk/play .