The official online PokÃ©mon tournament is set to fill the void left by the cancellation of the PokÃ©mon World Championships, which were set to take place in London this year.
So how is the PokÃ©mon Players Cup different? Hereâ€™s what you need to know about the opening stage of the tournament.
What is the PokÃ©mon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational?
The PokÃ©mon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational marks the first event in the Sword and Shield leg of the competition (VGC) following the 2020 International Challenge May.
While the latter determined the pools for the Regional Qualifiers taking place in July, the winner of this Kickoff Invitational will win a place in the PokÃ©mon Players Cup finals in August - skipping past the qualification process.
The finals in August will consist of 16 players in total - 15 players from the Regional Qualifiers and one player from the Kickoff Invitational.
The Pokemon Players Cup is here (Picture: Nintendo)
Is the PokÃ©mon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational a live broadcast?
Weirdly, nope. The Kickoff invitational actually took place on 6-7th June, with the results kept secret until the broadcast this weekend taking place across 20-21st June.
Who is competing?
A total of eight players have been invited to compete, ranging from current top players to former champions.
- Alessio Yuri Boschetto - Italy
- Alex Gomez - Spain
- Ashton Cox - USA
- Eduardo Cunha - Portugal
- Graham Amedee - Australia
- James Baek - USA
- Markus StÃ¤dter - Germany
- Wolfe Glick - USA
Wolfe Glick won the World Championships back in 2016 (Picture: Wolfey)
What is the schedule?
The PokÃ©mon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational spans two days and will be broadcast at the below times depending on your region.
Saturday 20th June
- VG Invitational Day 1 broadcast - 11am to 3pm PT/ 7pm to 11pm BST
Sunday 21st June
- VG Invitational Day 2 broadcast - 11am to 4pm PT/ 7pm to 12am BST
How can I watch the PokÃ©mon Players Cup Invitational?
The tournament will be streamed across the official PokÃ©mon Twitch and YouTube channels.