After a weekend of head-to-head Pokémon video game battles, McKinney’s Ian McLaughlin, 12, emerged as a top finisher at the Pokémon Spring Regional Championships in Houston. He clinched third place in the Pokémon video game Senior Division, winning a $300 travel allowance to Nationals and a first- and second-round bye.
One of only eight Spring Regional Championship events taking place April 14th and 15th in North America, the tournament showcased the strategy, sportsmanship, and fun enjoyed by tens of thousands of competitive Pokémon TCG and video players around the world.
The Pokémon community of competitors, fans, and family were in attendance cheering on Pokémon TCG and video game Trainers as they battled to become Pokémon Regional Champions. The Pokémon Spring Regional Championships are 2011-2012 Play! Pokémon Premier Events sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International and locally managed by Premier Tournament Organizers. These volunteer organizers run Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments in the Southwest region throughout the year, and many are parents of current or former Pokémon TCG or video game players. Collectively, they oversee tens of thousands of Pokémon competitors who train and compete in various Play! Pokémon programs, events, tournaments, and leagues to prepare for major events like the Spring Regionals.
“The Pokémon Spring Regional Championships brought out a passionate community of Pokémon players and fans from around the region,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “Thank you to everyone who came out to support all of the Pokémon players and congratulations to everyone who placed as a top finisher.”
The Pokémon TCG Spring Regional Championships began on Saturday, April 14th. The Pokémon Video Game Spring Regional Championships was held in its entirety on Sunday, April 15th. Players of all ages and skill levels were invited to attend and compete for free. Play! Pokémon competitors are divided equally into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 2001 or later), Senior Division (born in 1997-2000), and Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier).
Competitors are encouraged to visit www.pokemon.com/play-pokemon to learn more about the 2011-2012 Play! Pokémon Premier Event Series, including rules, regulations, prizes, and future tournament locations, dates, and times.
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.