This past weekend, the Pokemon World Championships took place in Columbus, OH. During that weekend, it set a new record for attendance according to IGN.
The tournament itself features three separate branches. One for the Pokemon Trading Card Game, one for the handheld games, in this Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire, and a new branch for Pokken Tournament. The Masters division of the TCG had the biggest turnout, with a staggering 1110 players. Apparently, the attendance was so high that players had to be turned away because of the cap for players allowed had been reached.
The payout for the tournaments was also huge, with the total pot reaching $50,000. $10,000 of which went to the TCG champion. Not only that, but points for future tournaments was also given out. To get into the Pokemon World Championships you have to acquire points from tournaments throughout the year. So even if you don’t win, you can get points to get into another tournament.
The next tournament is in August and takes place in San Francisco.