Important Notice

Dear players of the English Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Sword and Shield in Asia

Players in the Asia region will be participating in tournaments separate from the Play! Pokémon (https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/) program operated by The Pokémon Company International.

Currently we are preparing card shop events and large tournaments so our English Pokémon TCG and video game players can continue to enjoy the game. Some of the events will be Pokémon World Championships qualification events. In addition, please be assured that players who qualified for the 2020 WCS by March 31st, 2020 retain their qualification for the upcoming WCS.

Please look forward to future announcements regarding the details of events for the 2021 season.

With close monitoring the COVID-19 status and thinking participants’ safety first, we will make decision when we resume events. We truly look forward to seeing Pokémon TCG and video game players at our events soon!

*Please note Nintendo Switch and the video games are only available in limited regions.


■General Questions

Q: When will you be announcing the schedule for future events?
A: We plan to announce it within August 2020.

Q: When will the events start?
A: We are taking account of each country’s situation of COVID-19 and government policies to determine the starting date of the events.

Q: Will there be a point system like the Championship Points?
A: Instead of a point system, we plan to use a different method to choose representative for the 2021 WCS. Details will be provided in the future.

Q: What happens to the Championship Points that were obtained before March 31st?
A: Please refer to Pokémon Support regarding the Championship Points.
(https://support.pokemon.com/hc/en-us/categories/360000090033-Play-Pok%C3%A9mon)

Q: What happens to the Travel Award needed to participate in the Pokémon World Championships?
A: We will be addressing the circumstances of qualified players in the future.

Q: Can I continue to be active as a Professor in South East Asian countries?
A: The Pokémon Company is planning to host an Organizer program where you can continue to exercise your expertise as a Pokémon Professor. We will update you with more information once the details are set, so please look forward to future announcements.


Contact for any questions or feedback regarding this topic:
(https://www.pokemon.jp/form_app/inquiry/en/asia-op/)