While many hoped the Pokémon Center London would get a permanent residency, it seems they will simply continue to roll it out for major Pokémon events instead.
Posting on Twitter, the Pokémon UK company wrote: “If you were sad to say “cheerio” to Pokémon Center London, we’ve got some news for you: a Pokémon Center pop-up will be in operation as part of the 2020 Pokémon World Championships!”
It was confirmed in August London will host the Pokémon World Championships 2020, with this year’s tournament taking place in Washington, DC.
If you were sad to say "cheerio" to #PokemonCenterLondon, we’ve got some news for you: a Pokémon Center pop-up will be in operation as part of the 2020 Pokémon World Championships! ☔— Pokémon UK (@PokemonNewsUK) November 22, 2019
The event is invitation-only, with players able to qualify by competing in local, regional, and international tournaments to fly up the rankings. The prize pool for this year’s tournament totalled over $500,000.
It’s unclear how long the Pokémon Center will return to the capital for, although it’s likely it’ll be another month-long residency.
The Pokémon Center London opened in October until 15 November, coinciding with the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Those seeking exclusive Pikachu plushies however often faced four-hour queues circling around Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush, with many camping out the night before.
The two games have become the fastest-selling games on Nintendo Switch, selling six million units worldwide in its first week.