After three days of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game battles, Ethan Confer of Edmond joins a group of Pokémon players to earn a top spot at the 2017 Pokémon North American International Championships.
Held in Indianapolis, Ind. from June 30– July 2, thousands of supporters and fans were in attendance as the Edmond native clinched sixth in the VG Junior Division. Along with the top finish and a portion of the more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes awarded at the event, Ethan also earned valuable championship points that will count towards the invite to the 2017 Pokémon World Championships in Anaheim, Calif. this August.
“As the final international tournament of the season, the 2017 Pokémon North American International Championships brought together the largest and most competitive group of players from throughout North America and around the world,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “Thank you to all participants for demonstrating such positive sportsmanship, competitive spirit, and unified passion for Pokémon throughout the weekend. Special congratulations to those players who earned invitations to the 2017 Pokémon World Championships and best of luck competing next month in Anaheim.”
The 2017 Pokémon World Championships is an invitation-only tournament where the most elite Pokémon players from around the world will compete for the coveted title of Pokémon World Champion. Competitors from more than 30 countries including Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, and South Korea will travel to Anaheim to vie for the title along with scholarships and prizes. For many players, the invitation represents the culmination of a yearlong journey competing in numerous Pokémon Organized Play events and the many friendships that were made along the way.
Each year, the Pokémon Organized Play tournament series draws tens of thousands of Pokémon players to compete at hundreds of local league events and sanctioned tournaments. Players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate in Pokémon Organized Play.