Washington, D.C. is housing the Pokémon World Championships 2019, a series of tournaments among professional Pokemon players, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from August 16 through 18.
In addition to the traditional Pokemon card game, various video games will be played throughout the weekend. Participants, including some as young as 13, will compete for prize money of up to $500,000.
Among the games scheduled to be played at the event are the “Pokémon Ultra Sun,” “Pokémon Ultra Moon,” which are role-playing video games, and the fighting video game “Pokkén Tournament,” according to the Washington Post. An open tournament will also take place for casual players.
“The best players from all over the world will compete for the title of Pokémon TCG, Video Game, or Pokkén Tournament World Champion—and for their share of the prizes!” the event brief says.
The nation’s capital was home to the 2014 Pokémon World Championships, as well.
There’s a whole plethora of Pikachu! ⚡️
— Pokémon @ #PokemonWorlds (@Pokemon) August 16, 2019
— MissSassyPants (BegForMercyOW) (@mssassypants87) August 16, 2019
Some travelled to D.C. from other cities in order to attend the championship.
I made it to DC for the Pokémon World Championships!! I love this event so much~ pic.twitter.com/EcpuqZCxO5
— Kallie Plagge (@inkydojikko) August 16, 2019
— Pokemon Champions Podcast (@pkmonChampions) August 16, 2019
Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
Note that it is an invitation-only event. Click here if you want to watch a live broadcast of the Pokemon World Championships in D.C. over Twitch.