The 13th annual Pokémon World Championships have drawn to a close, and the winners have been crowned.
The 2016 Pokémon World Champions are:
- 2016 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Shunto Sadahiro from Japan.
- 2016 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Jesper Eriksen from Denmark.
- 2016 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Shintaro Ito from Japan.
- 2016 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Cory Connor from the United States.
- 2016 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Carson Confer from the United States.
- 2016 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Wolfe Glick from the United States.
- 2016 Pokkén Tournament Senior Division World Champion, Josh Simmonite from the United Kingdom.
- 2016 Pokkén Tournament Masters Division World Champion, Masami Sato from Japan.
Each winner received a Pokémon World Championships trophy, won an invitation to the 2017 World Championships, and collected a monetary prize. The Pokémon Company International awarded more than $600,000 in prize to top finishers at the competition.
More than 2,000 players attended the event at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel representing more than 30 countries. Additionally, at least 1.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the action via Twitch and Pokemon.com.
“Each year, the Pokémon World Championships bring the global Pokémon community together to compete, celebrate, and enjoy the games that have delighted fans for two decades,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “Congratulations to our new Pokémon World Champions, and a special thank-you to the community of players, family members, volunteers, and fans who make the Pokémon World Championships the premier Pokémon event of the year.”
Pokémon Sun and Moon, two new entries in the video game series, are slated to hit stores on Nov. 18. The game comes loaded with a smorgasbord of new Pokémon in addition to new features, such as Hyper Training.