The Pokémon Company has announced details for the 2023 Pokémon Unite Championship Series, the company’s largest esports tournament for mobile MOBA Pokémon Unite.
The tournament will consist of a series of qualifying events every month beginning in February 2023 and will conclude with the World Championship in Yokohoma, Japan. The 2023 World Championship will feature a total prize pool of $500,000 (~£411,000).
This year the tournament will be open to players from eleven regional zones, including Brazil Europe, Latin America (South and North), North America and Oceana. In total, there will be 17 teams that will qualify for the World Championship. Details regarding the Pokémon UNITE Championship Series in Asian regions has not yet been revealed.
The tournament will consist of regional qualifiers followed by monthly finals. Players will earn Championship Points (CP) based on their performance, with the best teams advancing to the Regional Championships. The best-performing teams in the Regional Championships will be selected for participation at the Pokémon World Championship later in the year.
In March 2023, players will also be able to compete in the Aeos Cup, a special tournament that awards prizes and more CP than the monthly tournaments. The Aeos Cup will feature a total prize pool of $25,000 (~£21,000) whereas the Regional Championships will award a total of $50,000 (~£41,000).
The first open qualifier in the Pokémon Unite Championship will be played on February 4th, 2023.
Pokémon Unite is a mobile and Nintendo Switch game that pits two teams of five players against each other to score points through map objectives. The game was released in 2021, though its competitive scene kicked off a year later in 2022.