Winners announced for Pokémon European International Championships
Over the weekend, close to 3,000 Pokémon players from around the world gathered in London for the 2023 Pokémon Europe International Championships. The Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet video games, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon UNITE all had their own tournaments, with each offering players a chance to qualify for the 2023 Pokémon World Championships in Yokohama, Japan, alongside thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
The 2023 Pokémon Europe International Champions included players from the US, Canada, New Zealand, and across Europe. The Pokémon Trading Card Game divisions saw Remi Lorenz of the US take the Junior Division, Rune Heiremans of Belgium take the Senior Division, and Alex Schemanske of the US take the Masters Division.
The Pokémon video game divisions had Pietro Nihal Kaludura Silva of Italy take the Junior Division, Mattia Cognetta of Italy take the Senior Division, and Paul Chua of the US take the Masters Division.
Thomas “TontonBatteuse” Martin of France took first place in the Pokémon GO tournament, and Talibobo Believers took first place in the Pokémon UNITE tournament ahead of Nouns eSports.
Winning decks and teams can be found at Pokemon.com/EventResults.
This year’s event took place in the same venue, the London ExCel, as last year’s World Championships and featured the return of the London Pokémon Center Pop-up store. Throughout the weekend, the winner of the Oceanic Championships, Gavin Michaels’ Palafin was distributed over Mystery Gift. Another distribution celebrating a winning Pokémon from this weekend’s championships should also be expected later in the year.
In August, the Pokémon World Championships will be taking place in Japan for the first time ever. Winners and finalists from this weekend’s tournaments will join hundreds more to compete for this year’s top prizes, worth tens of thousands of dollars.