The World Champions of Pokemon crowned


The World Champions of Pokemon have been crowned.  The 2012 Pokemon World Championships were held in  Waikoloa, Hawaii, and saw players from more than 30 countries compete in tough competition in hopes of becoming the ultimate Pokemon master.

The event was invitation only, and competitors were given the opportunity to win a trophy and thousands of dollars in scholarships. Competitions for both the video games and the trading card game were held resulting in a total of six champions being crowned. The United States represented the best at the competition with three individual champions. All three competed in the video game competition, while competitors from Japan, Canada and Portugal took home the TGC trophies.

“The Pokémon World Championships not only showcase some of the best Pokémon 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 Pokémon spirit embodies,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2012 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.”

Below are the names of the 2012 Pokemon Champions:

• 2012 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Shuto Itagaki from Japan.
• 2012 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Abram Burrows from the United States of America.
• 2012 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Chase Moloney from Canada.
• 2012 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Toler Webb from the United States of America.
• 2012 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Igor Costa from Portugal.
• 2012 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Ray Rizzo from the United States of America.