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The 2016 Pokemon World Championships kick off today

Engadget Engadget 19/08/2016 Brittany Vincent
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The 2016 Pokemon World Championships are being taken to the next level as they kick off today. This year, the event is to be closed to the general public, so if you're not actually competing in the tournament, the only way you're going to be able to watch it is via official online streams.

Players are competing for the title of Pokemon World Champion and more importantly a prize pool of over $500,000 in scholarships and travel awards. With competitors from over 30 countries around the world, the games will focus only on Pokemon Trading Card Game, Pokken Tournament and the Pokemon video games. It should go without saying, but there won't be any Pokemon Go competitions.

The events kick off at 9 a.m. PDT on Twitch and the official Pokemon website for general event coverage, with the full streaming schedule listed at the Pokemon World Championships site. Get ready to root for your favorite competitors and get your Pokemon on in a big way.

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