When one thinks of competitive Pokémon, one of the last games that might come to mind is Pokémon GO. Though the game offers a way to battle others in real time, I can’t say I know of anyone who bothers with it. That might change soon though, as next month, the first-ever Pokémon GO Invitational will be held in Washington, D.C.
On Friday, August 16th, immediately after the opening ceremonies for the Pokémon World Championships, eight trainers will be able to compete for dominance in the mobile battlefield. The double-elimination tournament will consist of best-of-five matches in the Great League. Competitors will only be allowed a roster of 6 Pokémon to be used throughout the entire event.
Seven competitors have already been set, including content creators and even Junichi Masuda himself! If you feel up to the challenge, you can try to secure the final spot yourself. If you’re already going to the World Championships and have a spectator pass, you can enter for a chance to win the right to fight. You have until 8:00 p.m. Eastern this Wednesday, July 31 to enter.
If you can’t make the event, but want to check out the action of the Pokémon GO Invitational, the tournament will be broadcast over Twitch. I’m pretty excited that the Championships are expanding to include more games. Good luck to all the competitors and best of luck if you’re trying to join the bustle!
The Pokémon World Championships are set to run August 16-18 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.