For years, serious Singaporean fans of the Pokemon video game franchise have taken their critter-training endeavors up a level to the competitive plane, meeting up at official tournaments sanctioned by Nintendo and the local distributor of said console giant’s products, Maxsoft. Last month, the lion city has finally been promised its first Video Game National Championship to be held this June, which is also the first regional championship in Southeast Asia.
On 10th June, a post on the event page by an official confirmed the tournament format to be conducted in a Best-of-three Swiss rounds followed by a Best-of-three single elimination for the top 8 standing. The Standard VGC 2015 rules will be active throughout the whole tournament.
The tournament will be held on 27th and 28th June 2015 at the Ang Mo Kio Campus of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) as part of the Campus Game Fest hosted by the Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA).
The tournament title and event description expressedly invites Pokemon Trainers from neighbouring countries to battle it out in Singapore. Accommodation-wise, the tournament offers camping overnight at the campus itself for S$50 as an alternative to living in local hotels or hostels.
The primary material incentive of the tournament is the amassing of Championship Points (CP) in the league-like Nintendo-sanctioned competitive video game scene, among other to-be-announced prizes to be awarded at the tournament.
The Trainers with the top 18 CP in the Asia Pacific region will be invited to the 2015 Pokémon World Championships in Boston, MA, USA, held between 21st and 23rd August 2015. The top 2 among these 18 Trainers will have their flight to and accommodation in Boston sponsored. The CP awarded for each position in the various age categories are as follows.
1st – 600 CP
2nd – 500 CP
3rd-4th – 400 CP
5th-8th – 300 CP
9th-16th – 200 CP
17th-32nd – 150 CP
33rd-64th – 100 CP (kicker = 128)*
65th-128th – 50 CP (kicker = 256)*
Interested participants may stay tuned to future updates on the tournament at their official Facebook Event page.
Source: Event Official Page, Nugget Bridge
*The kicker refers to the least number of participants that are required for the corresponding level of CP to be awarded