Press Release


Winners of 2024 Pokémon North America International Championships crowned in New Orleans

BELLEVUE, Wash. — June 10, 2024 — The Pokémon Company International revealed new details Sunday about the 2024 Pokémon World Championships taking place August 16 to 18 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center in Honolulu. Pokémon fans who attended the 2024 Pokémon North America International Championships in New Orleans over the weekend, and those who tuned in to the official Pokémon livestream of the event, witnessed the unveiling of the Worlds-exclusive Pikachu plush and Paradise Resort promo card. Both items will be included in the Welcome Kit for qualified Worlds competitors, while the Pikachu plush will be available only at the Pokémon Center pop-up store at the 2024 Pokémon World Championships.

The 2024 Pokémon NAIC gathered thousands of skilled Pokémon Trainers as they battled it out in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, and the Pokémon GO and Pokémon UNITE mobile games to qualify for the 2024 Pokémon World Championships. After three days of intense competition in New Orleans, the following top players were crowned 2024 Pokémon North America International Champions:

Pokémon Trading Card Game Junior Division:
1st place: Jose Cruz Galindo Resendiz [US]
2nd place: Edison Chein [US]
Pokémon TCG Senior Division:
1st place: Nathan Osterkatz [US]
2nd place: Daniel Magda [CZ]
Pokémon TCG Masters Division:
1st place: Andrew Hedrick [US]
2nd place: Stéphane Ivanoff [FR]
Pokémon Video Game Championship Junior Division:
1st place: Kevin Han [US]
2nd place: Damon Zhu [NZ]
Pokémon VGC Senior Division:
1st place: Joshua Robinson [US]
2nd place: Adam Colson [US]
Pokémon VGC Masters Division:
1st place: Patrick Connors [US]
2nd place: Aurélien Soula [FR]
Pokémon GO:
1st place: OutOfPoket [US]
2nd place: Ashtonash [MX]
Pokémon UNITE:
1st place: Orange Juicers [NA] 
2nd place: Nemesis [NA]
The 2024 Pokémon NAIC Fantasy Team Contest also took place this weekend, allowing fans to use their knowledge of the Pokémon TCG and Pokémon VGC to predict which cards and Pokémon would dominate the event. Winners of the Fantasy Team Contest will be announced later this week at However, the fun is far from over, as the Fantasy Team Contest will return with Pokémon TCG and Pokémon video game competitions for the 2024 Pokémon World Championships in Honolulu!
Information about the 2024 Pokémon World Championships can be found here, and to find out more about the Play! Pokémon program, be sure to visit


About Pokémon
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit
About Nintendo
Nintendo Co., Ltd., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, has created franchises that have become household names worldwide, including Mario™, Donkey Kong™, The Legend of Zelda™, Metroid™, Pokémon™, Animal Crossing™, Pikmin™ and Splatoon™, through its integrated hardware and software products. Nintendo aims to deliver unique, intuitive entertainment experiences for everyone, manufacturing and marketing video game devices such as the Nintendo Switch™ family of systems, developing and operating applications for smart devices, and collaborating with partners on a range of other entertainment initiatives like visual content and theme parks. Nintendo has sold more than 5.8 billion video games and over 850 million hardware units globally. From the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System™ more than 30 years ago, through today and into the future, Nintendo’s continuing mission is to create unique entertainment that puts smiles on the faces of people all over the world. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at

About Niantic
Niantic's global-scale augmented reality platform and digital map power spatial computing experiences in the real world. Incubated out of the Maps team at Google, Niantic first created Ingress and then Pokémon GO, a collaborative effort with The Pokémon Company, which has become a cultural phenomenon and hit game played by tens of millions of people each month. Niantic’s Lightship platform, which powers Pokémon GO, also supports the company's other games including Pikmin Bloom, Peridot and Monster Hunter Now. Developers use Niantic’s platform to build their own AR applications and experiences, either with the Lightship Platform or directly through the web with 8th Wall.