Pokémon is one of those eSports that has been ticking along for the longest of times, that combination of smart strategy and forward planning making it a modern day chess. Despite that, though, it's remained on the periphery, appealing to a dedicated audience but failing to garner little of a wider audience. It seems the Pokémon Company is looking to change that by changing things a little bit. Both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the latest version of the game, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, will let players compete for an additional $250,000. But now players will compete for Championship Points as they attempt to qualify - through the regional rounds - for the international tournament at the end of the year. This will create a better schedule for multiple events, and no longer employ a residency restriction - meaning pro players will be able to attend more than one event if they are able to. On top of that, Play! Pokémon will now sanction third-party competitions, too, opening up for more opportunities to earn Championship Points for pro players - a necessity to help expand the pro scene outside of the handful of official events. This can only ever lead to a much more robust Pokémon competitive scene and - all being well - open up the eSport to many more players. It's good to see Play! Pokémon being objective about its tournament, and understanding what it needs to open the game up.
Pokémon eSports Brings Bigger Prize Pools
Published on August 15th, 2016