Yokohama to host ultimate 2023 Pokémon UNITE World Championship Series
The Pokémon Company has announced that the 2023 Pokémon UNITE Championship Series will begin in February 2023 and conclude in August 2023 with the World Championship in Yokohoma, Japan.
A series of monthly qualifying events will precede Pokémon’s largest mobile eSports competition. This year, participants in the competition may come from top teams of eleven various geographical areas, including Brazil, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America (South & North), North America, South Korea, India and Oceania.
The ultimate World Championship 2023 will have a $500,000 prize pool as part of the $1,000,000 for the Pokémon UNITE Championship Series 2023. The world championships will commence alongside well-known Pokémon competitions such as the official Trading Card Game (TCG) and Pokémon GO. In addition to that, the next season will include both LAN and online events.
Pokémon UNITE 2023 Championship Series qualification
The 2023 season will include regional tournaments, with two ways for teams to qualify for the World Championship. First, the teams with the most Championship Points (CP) in their respective area level will be eligible for the World Championship at the end of the season.
Players will earn CPs based on their team’s performance in monthly qualification tournaments. The total number of qualifying teams will vary by region.
Two slots are available in Asia-Pacific for the best teams from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Meanwhile, Brazil will have two slots.
There will be four slots available in the Europe region. These will be fought for by teams from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Japan will have two slots. Latin America (North) has only one for teams from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua.
Latin America (South) will also have only one slot, covering Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Four slots will be available for North America, fought for by Puerto Rico, the United States and Canada.
The Oceania area, which includes Australia and New Zealand, will have two slots. South Korea will have two slots, while India will have only one.
The second way for teams to qualify for the World Championship is to win the Regional Championships, as they will be directly qualified for the World Championships.
Regional tournament qualification
An open qualifier will be hosted in each region every month, with eight teams advancing to the monthly finals.
Teams from several regions will be able to compete in the Aeos Cup in March. This tournament will award more CP and prizes than the regular monthly finals. The regional finals that will be held in June are critical for teams hoping to qualify for the World Championships.
Registration for the Pokemon UNITE Championship Series 2023 regional qualifiers will be announced later.
Below is the schedule for Regional Qualifiers:
• February Cup: February 4, 2023 (open qualifier; double-elimination format)
• February Finals: February 11, 2023 (Monthly Finals; double-elimination format)
• March Cup: March 4, 2023 (open qualifier; double-elimination format)
• March Finals: March 11, 2023 (Monthly Finals; double-elimination format)
• Aeos Cup: March 25, 2023 (open qualifier; double-elimination format)
• Aeos Cup Finals: April 1-2, 2023 (round robin; double elimination format)
• Aeos Cup Finals: April 14-16, 2023 (round robin; double elimination format)
• April Cup: April 22, 2023 (open qualifier; double elimination format)
• April Finals: April 29, 2023 (Monthly Finals; double elimination format)
• May Cup: May 13, 2023 (open qualifier; double elimination format)
• May Finals; May 20, 2023 (Monthly Finals; double elimination format)
• Regional Championships: June 3, 2023 (open qualifier; double elimination format)
• Regional Championships: June 10-11, 2023 (round robin; double elimination format)