The Go Champion Series is Coming

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Article by Brian Tein

PvP has been around for a good long time now, and the Go Battle League long enough to be a true staple of the Pokemon Go experience. However, it looks like this isn't where Niantic is content with ending the PvP experience here, as we now have The Pokemon Go Championchip Series ready to launch!

Championchip Series

The Championchip Series will be held at a series of live events, and will be hosted on a regional and international level. The proceedings will begin at a not-yet-announced time in 2022, and will first be open to players who achieve the elusive Legend Rank in Go Battle League Season 9, and then to other players after.

The proceedings will be split into two age divisions: Seniors and Masters.

League Birth Year(s)
Seniors 2006-2009
Masrters 2005 or Earlier

Players will need to register their Pokemon Go accounts with the Pokemon Trainers Club to be eligible. 

During the coming weeks, the GP team will be working our hardest to get our PvP information as up to date and accurate. As always, we will do our best to provide the best support that we can for any players attempting to reach this lofty goal. And a personal warning for anyone climbing to the top: if you happen to encounter the trainer name Raven8 along the way, then that'll be really weird because I'm definitely not going to be trying for this!

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In our Season 9 blog post, we mentioned that your ranking at the end of this season would be more important than it’s ever been before.

We’re now excited to announce why that is: the first Pokémon GO Championship Series is coming in 2022! Trainers around the globe will have the opportunity to battle against the best and earn an invitation to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships.

During the first year of the Pokémon GO Championship Series, Pokémon GO will be featured at select events, including Regional and International Championships. Top Pokémon GO players at these events will earn an invitation to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships. These Pokémon GO events will have Senior and Master age divisions.

You’ll be able to register for these Play! Pokémon events during a two-phase window. Trainers who achieve Legend rank in the current Pokémon GO Battle League season will be able to register during a short early-registration window, which will take place during the first few months of 2022. Once this window closes, Trainers of any rank can then register for any remaining spots. Trainers will have until Monday, November 29, 2021 to compete in the current GO Battle League season. The next GO Battle League season will grant entry to a second batch of live events.

To register for these events, competitors will need to link their Pokémon GO account to their Pokémon Trainer Club account, have a Play! Pokémon Player ID, and opt in to the Play! Terms of Use.

More information about event schedules, tournament format, prizes, account linking and more will be announced soon on the Play! Pokémon website.

Pokémon GO last took the Pokémon World Championships main stage during the epic exhibition matches in 2019. Since then, the GO Battle League launched, bringing Pokémon GO’s take on Pokémon battles to the global stage, and it’s now been running for nine seasons and counting. With the return of Pokémon GO Trainer Battles to the main stage next year, we’re excited to give GO Battle League competitors a chance to show the world what they’re made of at the Pokémon World Championships.

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—The Pokémon GO team

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