LOCAL POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME PLAYER TRIUMPHS IN THE POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Luke Smith of Matawan Tops Local Competitors at Championship Event
BELLEVUE, Wash. — February 13, 2013 — After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles, Luke Smith clinched first place in the Junior Division at the Reading Pokémon City Championships. Along with the esteemed title and City Championship trophy, Luke earned Championship Points which count toward him potentially earning an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, BC.
The Pokémon City Championship tournaments bring together Pokémon players of all skill levels to test their Pokémon TCG skills, strategy, and creativity. The Reading Pokémon community of fans, family, and friends were on-hand cheering for their Trainers as they battled to become a Pokémon City Champion. Play! Pokémon Premier Events are sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International and locally managed by Premier Tournament Organizers who run hundreds of Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments every year throughout North America. Collectively they oversee tens of thousands of Pokémon competitors who train and compete at various local league events and sanctioned tournaments on their quest to become a Pokémon World Champion.
“Pokémon City Championships are special because they are a great way for both new and veteran players to come together and compete in a game they really enjoy,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “The Reading-area had a strong turnout of Pokémon TCG players and we’re excited to follow these local players as they continue to battle throughout the season, perhaps making it to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver.”
Play! Pokémon competitors are divided equally into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 2002 or later), Senior Division (born in 1998–2001), and Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier). For more information on future tournaments, including dates and locations or if you would like to learn more about joining a local league, please visit www.pokemon.com/play.
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.