Pokémon Unite, the free-to-play, multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game developed by TiMi Studios Group and published by The Pokémon Company, is going to host its first official tournament. The event will kick off on September 19 in Japan. No end time has been announced yet as it may change depending on the progress of the tournament. The announcement came today from the game’s Japanese website. JCG Co. Ltd. is sponsoring the tournament and the registration is currently live.
Players can register for the tournament from the official site. Registration starts today and will run till Monday, September 13th. The entry time may change as well depending on the tournament’s progress. A maximum of 256 teams will be selected to compete in the event. Each team can take at least five players to a maximum of seven.
The players need to be aged over 16 and able to speak Japanese to communicate with others. If the team members include a player under the age of 20, the guardian of that player must consent to the participation. All the communication will be hosted via Discord. Representative players will be required to connect to the tournament Discord server notified by the tournament management.
To handle the pressure of such a massive number of players, the event will feature a single-elimination format in the first round. After selecting the best four, it will become the best-of-two to the final match.
The latest version of Pokemon Unite for Nintendo Switch is required to participate in the event. The match method has been set to “Standard Battle-Friend”. Matches will be held on the game’s Remoat Stadium map. Sadly, mobile device users can’t join as the game isn’t available for mobile yet.
Global players can also expect similar events
The game was released in June 2020 and was exclusively available for Nintendo Switch with Nintendo announcing its debut on mobile devices this August. It will be available for both Android and iOS devices on September 22, 2021. Pre-registration is currently going on and it will reward players with exciting gifts upon reaching milestones that are set previously. If the tournament goes well, global players can hope that the game will host similar events for them as well.
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