The 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon season came to a amazing conclusion last weekend in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Six new champions got their names written down as the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best PokÃƒÂ©mon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players, triumphing above hundreds of other PokÃƒÂ©mon players that came to the the paradise islands from more than 30 countries, including, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. All attendants representing their nations proudly in paradise, each playerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s journey began about a year ago, battling in events over the course of the Play! PokÃƒÂ©mon season sanctioned by The PokÃƒÂ©mon Company International. The hard work and dedication to the game and their decks led all players to PokÃƒÂ©monÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s premiere competitive event.
The 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Shuto Itagaki from Japan.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Abram Burrows from the United States of America.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Chase Moloney from Canada.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Toler Webb from the United States of America.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Igor Costa from Portugal.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Ray Rizzo from the United States of America.
Winners of this invitation only tournament earned the title of PokÃƒÂ©mon World Champion, each receiving a special Pikachu World Championships trophy, and collectively earned more than $100,000 in scholarships. Additionally, The PokÃƒÂ©mon Company International will choose a select number of PokÃƒÂ©mon World Championships video game finalists and their PokÃƒÂ©mon teams to be displayed as a PokÃƒÂ©mon Trainer avatar in the upcomingÃ‚Â PokÃƒÂ©mon Black Version 2Ã‚Â andÃ‚Â PokÃƒÂ©mon White Version 2Ã‚Â video games via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service! Players of the games, and those who have wireless Internet access, will be able to battle these PokÃƒÂ©mon World Championships finalists and their teams in the PokÃƒÂ©mon World Tournament, a new battle arena featured in the games!!
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The PokÃƒÂ©mon World Championships not only showcase some of the best PokÃƒÂ©mon TCG and video game players from around the world, they also celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the PokÃƒÂ©mon spirit embodies,Ã¢â‚¬Â said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The PokÃƒÂ©mon Company International. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.Ã¢â‚¬Â
To view highlights from the 2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon World Championships, including official standings, photos, videos, and player interviews, please visitwww.pokemonworldchampionships.com
For more information on how to participate in future Play! PokÃƒÂ©mon events, please visitwww.pokemon.com/play.
2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon Trading Card Game World FinalistsÃ¢â‚¬â€Junior Division(born in 2001 or later)
World Champion: Shuto Itagaki (Japan)
Second Place: Ian Robb (USA)
2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon Trading Card Game World FinalistsÃ¢â‚¬â€Senior Division(born in 1997Ã¢â‚¬â€œ2000)
World Champion: Chase Moloney (Canada)
Second Place: Colter Decker (USA)
2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon Trading Card Game World FinalistsÃ¢â‚¬â€Masters DivisionÃ‚Â (born in 1996 or earlier)
World Champion: Igor Costa (Portugal)
Second Place: Harrison Leven (USA)
2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon Video Game World FinalistsÃ¢â‚¬â€Junior Division(born in 2001 or later)
World Champion: Abram Burrows (USA)
Second Place: Brian Hough (USA)
2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon Video Game World FinalistsÃ¢â‚¬â€Senior DivisionÃ‚Â (born in 1997Ã¢â‚¬â€œ2000)
World Champion: Toler Webb (USA)
Second Place: Jaime Martinez Alonso (Spain)
2012 PokÃƒÂ©mon Video Game World FinalistsÃ¢â‚¬â€Masters DivisionÃ‚Â (born in 1996 or earlier)
World Champion: Ray Rizzo (USA)
Second Place: Wolfe Glick (USA)