Pokemon World Championships Again Delayed Until Next Year

Once again, the Pokemon World Championships have been postponed until next year due to the pandemic. This comes as no surprise. Worlds 2022 will take place in London, just as it was meant to be for Worlds 2020 and Worlds 2021.

The safety and well-being of our competitors, organizers, employees, local communities, and partners continues to be our top priority and is the primary consideration with every decision we make.

After careful review and pursuant to guidance set forth by local, regional, and national health authorities, as well as the World Health Organization, Public Health England, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have made the difficult decision to move out the next Pokémon World Championships to 2022. This event is planned to take place in London, UK.

With the continued suspension of the Play! Pokémon event series, all sanctioned Play! Pokémon events including League Challenge, League Cup, Premier Challenge, and Midseason Showdown will remain suspended until further notice. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of all our competitors at an expanded 2022 Pokémon World Championships in London. All invitations to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships will be honored for the 2022 World Championships.

We are closely monitoring health mandates, guidelines, and recommendations from appropriate government agencies to determine when the resumption of events and operations will be safe for our communities. We continue to examine each country on a case-by-case basis, informed by the latest updates and mandates issued by appropriate government recommendations and in consultation with medical experts.

Thank you to our millions of players, fans, organizers, and Professors around the world for their continued support and understanding. The Pokémon International Championships and Pokémon World Championships are meaningful occasions to us and the player community, and we look forward to when we can all see each other and compete again.

In addition, we will continue to support competitive online play through our new series, Pokémon Players Cup, the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge, as well as support through our retail partners through League at Home.

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  1. JakeTheGearHeart Aspiring Trainer
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    They always do worlds based off of a CP quota. By only having 2/3 of a year in the qualification time-range, it unfairly favors people who were able to attend events in the months we had events. I also doubt that rotation won't happen because they did one for this season 2020-2021 even though we're not having any events.
     
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  2. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer
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    It would be crazy to skip an entire generation, though I guess that's technically already happening if my theory about the Sinnoh remake is correct.
     
  3. RHowford Aspiring Trainer
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    Idiot.
     
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  4. RHowford Aspiring Trainer
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    Good. There are far more important things to worry about than this card game and hopefully by then tbis pandemic will be over. We can wait. If you can't, you need to get your priorities straight.
     
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  5. cardgjammer Aspiring Trainer
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    I wonder what will happen if they drag out the next Worlds any more years?

    When Worlds finally comes around uncancelled, I wonder if the Worlds' main event will consist of all Pokemon Player's Cup(PPC) invites to Internats, in which there could potentially be 32 invites to Internats by then, assuming the PPC continues into 2022... But in case you think "will Japan and Korea miss out as a result?" if they go that route, expect LCQs the day before the Worlds main event, for Japanese and Korean players restricted to those countries' resident pool ONLY, and everybody in the Junior Division, Senior Division, as well as those who missed the invite in the PPCs/LCQs, will all be relegated to the "London Open", meaning they will get as much CP as they would a Regional, and they will have their work cut out for them to qualify for 2023 Worlds...

    ^ If true, although I'm not THAT young to qualify for their divisions(I am 33 years and 8 months old), I will feel bad nonetheless for the younglings that will miss out in 2022 over factors beyond their control occurring outside the event facility. Then again, in a world of COVID, strange things can happen...
     
  6. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
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    Eh, I had a feeling that it'd get postponed again.
    It's also worth noting that doing the games on the TCGO would essentially lock out Japanese and Korean players, the TCGO is a TPCi-only thing that largely caters to the Western part of the player base.
     
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  7. Aces Aspiring Trainer
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    Why doesn’t Pokémon just hold TCGO competitions with actual prize money? They would attract more players. Would probably save money all around for them and players.
     
  8. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
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    Probably for the same reasons why Junior and Senior divIsion players can’t compete in Player’s Cups, local and federal laws preventing TPCi from going through with the idea.
     
  9. Chris_the_hammer Aspiring Trainer
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    I think it should still be happening but not in person and on ptcgo. They have been tweeking things with the Players Cups so I could see them still changing there minds mid season or doing some big event similar to Worlds online with the top ranked players from the 2020 season
     
  10. Anime Aspiring Trainer
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    This is a big bummer. I wi sh this virus would go away
     
  11. fleshrum April in Kalos...
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    yiiiiikes.

    sad that it won't happen, I've watched it superbowl style with my friends for the last few years cause it usually falls on my birthday weekend. But it definitely needs to be postponed, and maybe 2022 will be cancelled too at this rate.
     
  12. MagnaDrake Aspiring Trainer
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    I don't think we can. Japan has a very strict protocol of which their citizens would happily oblige to. Even then, they still keep getting case spikes every now and then.

    Can't imagine how it would be if you force it to the UK, or any other country, for that matter.
     
  13. AuraJackle Aspiring Trainer
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    His plan was to let each individual state decide what to do it failed because the American people as a whole only care about their individual feelings. Blaming Trump for everything is just plain wrong because the average American would have just ignored him because of blind hatred or not wanting to give up freedoms. The extremely low chance of dying doesn't help either sense most 20-35 year olds will still choose to party regardless of political inclinations.
     
  14. PerkyPancham Aspiring Trainer
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    It's for the best. I'd rather have safety rather than something that's a commodity. Prioritizing a Pokemon tournament over public safety is idiotic and selfish. They most likely will eventually have Worlds, and I trust the wait will be well worth it.
     
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  15. PerkyPancham Aspiring Trainer
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    With regulations on Juniors/Seniors playing PTCGO sanctioned tournaments and Japan/Korea players not having nearly as much access to PTCGO causes issues. I do agree that they need to keep rotation this season.
     
  16. Charmaster:) The Cube Master, Charmander fan, & Lapras rider.
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    OR they might actually do EXPANDED format. Who knows, that could’ve been what they meant. not only this time, but last time as well. I mean, probably not, but who knows?
     
  17. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
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    I highly doubt the main event itself will be run in the Expanded format, historically Worlds has always been a Modified-format event with only ONE (2015) running Expanded.
     
  18. jamestajames Aspiring Trainer
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    Ya know. I was questioning my political party, and myself as a person. I’m glad I went to Pokebeach where everything politics matters. It changed my mind from the first comment I read. 5/5. Would use again when the next big election comes up :)
    Wow. The ONE place you feel like you (i) can escape politics, here at Pokebeach, and here the hate comes again. Can’t we just discuss Pokemon together, without politics being involved? I mean how far will this go? Red Fire typing means Republican; Blue Water type means democrat! Everyone chill. This is a world-wide site. Discussing one country’s issues doesn’t fix another’s. “But other countries depend on America”. Oh really? I’m glad everyone goes to a Pokemon forum to see what world issues can be solved here.
     
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  19. The Golden Mewtwo Currently crying because I'm a 16 year old senior
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    I just hate how this affects aging up Seniors like myself, I'm gonna turn 16 next month but I still can't play in any online events. Like I understand why juniors and seniors can't play (federal laws), but I don't understand why aging up seniors can't play in the players cup. In the 2019 season I was 4 points off qualifying, and then 2020 gets delayed (for obvious reason that make sense and should be a thing). Last time I played in a tournament was the limitless qualifier #1, which I got 69th in, and I would have loved to play in more but I didn't want to spend money on online cards when I'll be going to college in 2 years. I probably would have at least put time into grinding the online game but it just felt useless when I can't play in any official TCPi events.