Pokemon Company has canceled this year’s Pokemon World Championship. In a statement on the official Pokemon website, the company explained that the competition will be moved back to 2022 in accordance with the public health guidelines, while all sanctioned Play Pokemon events will remain suspended this year:
“After careful review and guidance from 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 the next Pokémon World Championship to 2022. This event is scheduled to take place in London.
“With the continued suspension of the Play! Pokemon event series, all sanctioned Play! Pokemon events including the League Challenge, League Cup, Premier Challenge and Midseason Showdown will remain suspended until further notice. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of all our competitors in an expanded 2022 Pokémon World Championship in London. “
This marks the second year in a row that the Pokémon World Championship has been postponed; the world championship in 2020 was similarly canceled due to the COVID-1
The Pokémon World Championship has dedicated competitions for the Pokemon Trading Card Game, the mainline game video series and the Pokken Tournament DX. The 2020 event was scheduled to be the first with Pokemon Sword and Shield, the series’ latest mainline payouts.
Although the Pokémon World Championship may have been canceled, this is still a remarkable addition to the series. This month marks Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, and The Pokemon Company celebrates with new product lines, announcements and more activities, including a partnership with Katy Perry.
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