Pokemon World Championships; How to watch? Schedule + Giveaways

Good news for avid pokemon fans! The Pokemon World Championships are back face to face this year. At ExCel London convention center, the championships will feature the Pokemon Sword and Shield, and the fighting game Pokken Tournament DX. In addition, it will also host the famous Pokemon GO and the multiplayer battle arena game, Pokemon Unite

There will also be tournaments for the Pokemon Trading Card Games (TCG). The World Championship starts Thursday, August 18, at 9:00 A.M. BST / 4:00 A.M. EDT until Sunday, August 21. According to Polygon, players will compete for over one million dollars in various cash prices.

Since the championship was held back because of the pandemic, this will be a first for some fans who will personally compete with others. Don’t worry, Pokemon fans all over the world are still welcome to watch the tournament online. We have compiled the list of streaming sites, schedules, and giveaways so stay with us! 

Where to watch the Pokemon World Championship 2022?

The official press site of The Pokemon Company released a comprehensive list of the streaming links and schedules. Live streams are separated by each tournament, therefore, making it easier to choose what you prefer to see. 

According to the site, the live stream is headlined by the main stage stream that will broadcast the opening ceremony on Thursday morning. Then, it will be followed by rotating matchups throughout the weekend. Finally, the final matches and closing ceremony are on Sunday.

The streaming links are listed below:

Official Streaming Schedule: All times BST

Brace yourselves, as this comprehensive list might seem too overbearing. Fortunately, you will be able to focus solely on the schedule and specific tournament you are eyeing for.

As mentioned, all the times in the list are based on British Summer Time (BST). Take careful note of this if you are living from miles away.

Date Tournament Schedule
August 18 (Thursday) Main Stage Stream

  • 9 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
  • 9:30 a.m.: Preshow

Pokémon VG Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: VG Swiss Rounds

Pokémon TCG Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.: TCG Swiss Rounds

Pokkén Tournament DX Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament DX Last Chance Qualifier

Pokémon GO Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Pokémon GO Last Chance Qualifier
August 19 (Friday) Pokémon VG Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: VG Swiss Rounds

Pokémon TCG Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.: TCG Swiss Rounds

Pokkén Tournament DX Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament DX Main Double Elimination Bracket
    • Finals: 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Pokémon GO Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Pokémon GO Main Double Elimination Bracket

Pokémon UNITE Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Group Stage
August 20 (Saturday) Pokémon VG Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: VG Single Elimination Top Cut

Pokémon TCG Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.: TCG Single Elimination Top Cut

Pokémon GO Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Main Bracket Completes
    • Finals: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. with trophy presentation immediately following

Pokémon UNITE Stream

  • 9 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Double Elimination Bracket
    • Finals: 5 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. with trophy presentation immediately following
August 21 (Sunday) Main Stage Stream

  • 9 a.m.:
    • TCG Junior Finals
    • TCG Senior Finals
    • TCG Masters Finals
  • 12:30 p.m.:
    • VG Junior Finals
    • VG Senior Finals
    • VG Masters Finals
  • 4 p.m.:
    • Closing Ceremony

Giveaways for the 2022 Pokemon World Championships

With the championships kicking off, The Pokemon Company has revealed that they will be releasing limited-time codes to unlock new items in Pokemon Unite, Pokemon GO, and the Pokemon Trading Card Game for online streamers. However, these codes will only be available during the dates of the tournament so be sure to be tuning in!

According to Nintendo Life, below are the following free items during the championships:

Pokemon GO

Photo courtesy of Pokemon GO

Starting with the most limited-time offer, the Pokémon GO Twitch stream will be providing two exclusive reveals for those paying attention to the live chat and video feeds.

Firstly, you will be able to get your hands on the chance to take part in some brand new timed research, which promises to “provide Trainers with an introduction to battling plus a choice of Pokémon encounters for them to craft a competitive Great League team!”

Upon entering, you are able to choose between these encounter rewards:

  • Team Option 1: Ariados, Pelipper, Galarian Stunfisk
  • Team Option 2: Skarmory, Swampert, Drapion
  • Team Option 3: Talonflame, Venusaur, Jellicent

These cords will only be active for an hour after being streamed. Thus, you should be there as fast as possible to acquire your desired team. In addition, there will also be an option to redeem a cosmetic reward. The event will share a code for the 2022 Worlds Tee, which is an exclusive World Championships t-shirt for your in-game avatar. Its code will be posted on official Pokemon socials after the live stream is over and will be valid until August 22nd at 4:59 p.m. PDT (12:59 AM Friday, BST).

Pokemon Trading Card Game

Photo courtesy of Explosion Network

Still from Nintendo Life, exclusive offers will also be given for Pokemon TCG players. During the TCG’s live stream, a code will be released that will let you redeem the Path to Peak Stadium card from the Sword & Shield – Astral Radiance expansion. This card mandates that Pokémon with a Rule Box in play have no Abilities, and it could be yours — for free!

Compared to Pokemon GO, there’s a lesser rush to redeem the code. You will be able to avail the virtual card until 11 p.m. PDT (7 a.m. BST) on August 28, 2022. You can redeem the code either in the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon Trading Card Game Live.

Pokemon Unite

Photo courtesy of Explosion Network

Finally, in-game exclusives will also be given to Pokemon Unite. During the Unite Twitch stream, a code will be made available which will get you a special Worlds-themed t-shirt for your trainer to wear. This white tee proudly displays the World Championships’ logo, the same that we have seen on other exclusive merchandise such as the Pokémon coin set.

The exclusive in-game t-shirt code will appear at some point during the live stream and will be available to redeem through until August 30, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.

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As the first world championships since the strike of the pandemic, this is definitely a much-awaited event for Pokemon fans! Whether you are playing at the convention center itself, or simply streaming from your home, we hope you enjoy the experience! Until then, stay with us here at Spiel Times for more content.

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