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Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


EVENT QUESTIONS

How can I play in a Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships?

Players can participate in any of six Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships during May and June 2010. Players wishing to enter a tournament should arrive on site during the times specified for the tournament's location to register for a chance to play in the event.

How many players can participate in a Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships?

Competitor slots are limited to 512 for the Junior Division (born in 1998 or later) and 768 for the Senior Division (born in 1997 or earlier). Players may only sign up for the event during their age division's registration times. Competitor slots will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Preregistration is not available for these events.

Do I have to be a resident to participate in these events?

These events are open to all players, regardless of country of residency. The only stipulation is that the player must use a North American version of Pokémon HeartGold or SoulSilver Versions.

What does it cost to attend?

There is no entry fee to participate in the Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships.

What is the tournament structure?

The tournaments will be run using the Single-Elimination tournament format. When a player loses a match, that player is eliminated from the tournament.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each of the two age divisions.

1st Place:

  • A Regional Championships 1st Place Trophy
  • A Nintendo DSi™ system
  • Airfare and 4 day/3 night hotel accommodations for the winner (including parent or legal guardian for players under 18) to attend the Pokémon Video Game National Championships in Indianapolis, IN on June 26th—28th.
  • An invite to participate in the Pokémon Video Game National Championships.

2nd-4th Place:

  • A Nintendo DSi system
  • A $300 travel allowance (including an additional $300 travel allowance for players under 18) to participate in the Pokémon Video Game National Championships.
  • An invite to participate in the Pokémon Video Game National Championships.

5th-16th Place:

  • An invite to participate in the Pokémon Video Game National Championships.

Can I participate in more than one Regional Championships tournament?

Players may participate in more than one Regional Championships provided they have not already earned a travel award to the Pokémon Video Game National Championships by placing 1st at a previous Regional Championships.

Players may earn multiple travel allowances. Travel allowances must be collected by the winner of record.

How do I collect my travel allowance (2nd-4th place)?

Travel allowances will be distributed on Friday, June 25th, between the hours of 12:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. and again between 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. in the Pokémon Tournament Hall. Photo ID of the player or the player's parent/guardian will be required to collect your travel allowance.

Players must attend and participate in Pokémon Video Game National Championships to receive the travel allowance.

REGULATIONS QUESTIONS

How does auto-leveling affect my Pokémon?

The GS Cup uses an auto-level feature, which sets all Pokémon level 51 and higher to level 50. Their stats are adjusted accordingly. All other aspects of the Pokémon remain the same, including moves known and evolution.

For example, during a GS Cup battle, a level 100 Tyranitar that learned Hyper Beam at level 70 would be reduced to level 50, and its stats would be adjusted to what they would be at level 50. Though this puts Tyranitar below the level at which it evolved from Pupitar, as well as below the level at which it learned Hyper Beam, it remains a Tyranitar that knows Hyper Beam. After the battle ends, Tyranitar is returned to level 100, and its stats return to normal.

A Pokémon below level 50 will not have its level or stats adjusted up. For example, during a GS Cup battle, a level 36 Typhlosion would remain level 36, and its stats would not be adjusted.

How will you verify that my Pokémon have not been modified by an external device?

We cannot and will not discuss the extent of verification that will be used during the Video Game Championship series. Additionally, we cannot provide you with any information about checking your own Pokémon by yourself.

Players are advised to use only Pokémon that you have raised yourself and items that you have received through normal game play.

Why do I need to fill out a Team Information Sheet?

The Team Information Sheet allows the registration staff to check that your Pokémon meet the basic regulations of the event. Further, this sheet also allows the tournament staff to verify that you continue to use the same Pokémon throughout the event. Each player is responsible for ensuring that his or her team adheres to the tournament regulations.


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