2016 Pokemon World Championships won’t be open to fans, but you can still watch competitors vie for half a million dollars from home

This year’s Pokemon World Championships begin this Friday, but spectators won’t be able to take a front row seat to the action according to The Pokemon Company. In a statement they say:

Due to limited venue capacity and overwhelming demand, the 2016 Pokémon World Championships will be closed to the general public in the interest of providing the best possible event experience to our qualified players and their families. While the event has been open to the public in years past, only invited players and their families will be permitted to enter the venue this year, and everyone must have an official event badge.

Some additional badges may be available for family of participants, but these are on a first-come, first-served basis, and won’t be available to just anybody.

Fans will need to watch from the livestreams, as the available prize purse exceeds $500,000, across the main series videogames, the TCG, and Pokken Tournament in its competitive debut. Bring it on.

A full livestream schedule can be found here.

We’ll have general coverage of the main game on our Gaming channel, Pokken Tournament on our competitive channel, and TCG coverage on Offline, including winners and tactics as we see it, starting this Saturday and running through next week.


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