London, UK — April 18, 2023 — Over the weekend, Pokémon fans and players from around the globe gathered at ExCeL London in London, England, for the 2023 Pokémon Europe International Championships. The competition featured a payout of Championship Points and thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes, spread between the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, Pokémon GO, and for the first time at an International Championships, Pokémon UNITE.
Across three days of intense competition, Trainers taking part in Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon video game, and Pokémon UNITE tournaments battled for high Championship Point payouts, used to determine Travel Awards to future International Championships events and invitations to this year’s Pokémon World Championships taking place in Yokohama, Japan, from August 11–13. Pokémon GO players also battled for a chance to qualify for the 2023 Pokémon World Championships.
The 2023 Pokémon Europe International Champions are:
Trading Card Game Junior Division:
1st place: Remi Lorenz [US]
2nd place: Drake Zhu [NZ]
Trading Card Game Senior Division:
1st place: Rune Heiremans [BE]
2nd place: Drew Stephenson [UK]
Trading Card Game Masters Division:
1st place: Alex Schemanske [US]
2nd place: Tord Reklev [NO]
Video Game Junior Division:
1st place: Pietro Nihal Kaludura Silva [IT]
2nd place: Federico Corino [IT]
Video Game Senior Division:
1st place: Mattia Cognetta [IT]
2nd place: Kylan Van Severen [CA]
Video Game Masters Division:
1st place: Paul Chua [US]
2nd place: Gabriel Agati Madeira [BR]
1st place: Thomas “TontonBatteuse” Martin [FR]
2nd place: Andrew “Nesabethan” Medhurst [UK]
1st place: Talibobo Believers
- Fabio “Zervas” Bügler
- Klaus “KlausVIII” Zanaj
- Adam “Megu爱” Frilay
- Conor “ToonSlim” McDermott
- Leo “Lunderu霧” Chiba
- Marc “GyZ” Ceprian Martinez
- Hassan “Ghatlue” Al Abadi
- Alberto “ADESu” González Torralbo
- Anton “BruvHD” Levi
- Raoul "Sixsies六‘’ Monsanto
For more information about the Pokémon Championship Series, including rules, tournament locations, dates, times, prizes, and more, please visit www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/
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