Play! Pokemon Premier Events are Back

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20 October 2021
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After a COVID related hiatus, The Pokemon Company International has confirmed that regional and international championships will return in Europe and North America from March 2022. 

The Play! Pokemon 2022 Championship season to lead up to the 2022 Pokemon World Championship will take place in London in August 2022, and includes not just the Pokemon Trading Card Games, but also the video games, Pokemon tournament DX, and Pokemon GO (in partnership with Niantic). Both the Europe and North American International Championships will include big money prizes. 

It confirmed the following dates: 

2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships

  • April 22–24, 2022
  • Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2022 Pokémon North America International Championships

  • June 24–26, 2022
  • Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH, USA

Play! Pokémon Regional Championships and Special Events will also resume in Europe and North America in 2022, at the following dates and in the following locations


  • March 26–27, 2022: Liverpool, UK
  • May 7–8, 2022: Bilbao, Spain (Special Event)
  • June 4–5, 2022: Milan, Italy (Special Event)

North America

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  • March 18–20, 2022: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • March 25–27, 2022: Orlando, FL, USA
  • May 6–8, 2022: Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • May 20–22, 2022: Secaucus, NJ, USA
  • May 27–29, 2022: Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • June 17–19, 2022: Milwaukee, WI, USA

Additional Regional Championships and Special Events may be announced later.


Specific venues have rules and requirements regarding COVID-19 safety measures and once in-person events resume, all competitors, vendors, staff, and spectators must comply with The Pokémon Company International’s COVID-19 policy.


The full announcement can be found here. 

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