From April 22–24, Pokémon fans and players from around the globe gathered at the Messe Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships. Players competed in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, the first international Pokémon GO championship in partnership with Niantic, and Pokkén Tournament DX.
During three days of intense competition, Trainers in the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the Pokémon video games battled to take home the title of International Champion and secure a place at this year’s Pokémon World Championships taking place in London, England, from August 18–21. Pokémon GO players and Pokkén Tournament DX players also battled for a chance to qualify for the 2022 Pokémon World Championships.
This year’s champions were awarded a special Pokémon trophy, a monetary prize in the form of a scholarship or cash prize, and thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes spread among the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon video games, Pokémon GO, and Pokkén Tournament DX competition categories.
The final list of winners from the weekend is as follows:
Trading Card Game Junior Division:
1st place: Nathan Osterkatz [US]
2nd place: Luka Levain [FR]
Trading Card Game Senior Division:
1st place: Caleb Rogerson [US]
2nd place: Roberto Costanzo [FR]
Trading Card Game Masters Division:
1st place: Gustavo Wada [BR]
2nd place: Frank Percic [US]
Video Game Junior Division:
1st place: Alexander Musikant [DE]
2nd place: Francesca Zaglio [IT]
Video Game Senior Division:
1st place: Nicholas Kan [AU]
2nd place: Alessandro Marchionne [IT]
Video Game Masters Division:
1st place: Eric Rios [ES]
2nd place: Oliver Eskolin [FI]
Pokémon GO Senior Division:
1st place: Maxwell Ember (MEweedle) [GB]
2nd place: Stefan Cojocaru (KrowMDIV) [DE]
Pokémon GO Masters Division:
1st place: Jakub Zatloukal (Aeeriils) [CZ]
2nd place: Domnik Wieber (Fr43ka) [DE]
Pokkén Tournament DX Senior Division:
1st place: Fardin Rahman Mikan (Royume) [DE]
Pokkén Tournament DX Masters Division:
1st place: Florian Blank (Cloud) [DE]
2nd place: Motochika Nabeshim (Elm) [JP]
For more information about the Pokémon Championship Series, including rules, tournament locations, dates, times, prizes, and more, please visit https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/
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About Niantic, Inc.
Niantic, Inc. builds real-world experiences that foster fun, exploration, discovery and social interaction. Originally incubated within Google, Niantic was founded by John Hanke, who previously helmed the Google Geo team (including Google Maps and Google Earth) after his start-up Keyhole was acquired by Google. The company’s real-world adventure game Ingress has been downloaded more than 14 million times and is played in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. For more information on Niantic, please visit www.nianticlabs.com.