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Players Representing Over 25 Countries Across Six Continents
Compete in the 2009 Pokémon World Championships

San Diego, CA - August 17, 2009 - Traveling from over 25 countries and six continents, more than 1,125 players ages 6 to 55 competed for the chance to be crowned the best Pokémon TM players in the world this weekend in downtown San Diego, CA.  Hosted by The Pokémon Company International, the worldwide leader in video games and trading card games, the Pokémon World Championships gave the highest-skilled players from around the world a chance to compete for the prestigious title of World Champion, as well as travel packages, custom Nintendo game systems, trophies, and more than $100,000 in scholarships. The two-day championship event emphasized the skill, strategy, creativity and fun involved in playing the Pokémon Trading Card and video games.

The top 60 video game players from the United States, Japan and Europe earned an invitation to participate in the Pokémon Video Game World Championships by defeating hundreds of challengers in qualifying tournaments held across the globe.  The top finishers in each age division (Junior and Senior) each received a grand prize that includes a custom Nintendo DSTM game system, automatic entry in and travel to the 2010 Pokémon Video Game World Championships for a chance to defend the title, and a six-day vacation package for four to Tokyo, New York City, or Oahu.  The winners include:

2009 Pokémon Video Game World Champions- Junior Division (born in 1997 or later)
First Place: Jeremy Fan (Age 11) from Sante Fe, California USA
Second Place: Santa Ito (Age 9) from Japan

2009 Pokémon Video Game World Champions- Senior Division (born in 1996 or earlier)
First Place:  Kazuyuki Tsuji (Age 25) from Japan
Second Place: Tasuku Mano (Age 15) from Japan

The top 350 TCG players from more than 25 countries qualified for the invite-only Pokémon Trading Card World Championships by spending countless hours preparing and battling though a season of city, state, regional and national tournaments.  Each of the three first place TCG finishers received a grand prize that includes a paid trip and invitation to defend their title at the 2010 TCG World Championships, as well as a scholarship worth $7,500. In total, the value of the scholarships divided amongst the TCG participants from 1st through 16th place in all age divisions totaled more than $100,000.  After two full days and over twelve hours of fierce one-on-one TCG battles, three winners were crowned in each age group, including:

2009 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Champions - Junior Division (born in 1998 or later)
First Place: Tsubasa Nakamura, (Age 9) from Japan
Second Place: Jason Martinez, (Age 11) from Glendale, California USA
Third Place: William Shand, (Age 11) from Colorado Springs, CO

2009 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Champions - Senior Division (born in 1994-1997)
First Place: Takuto Itagaki, (Age 12) from Japan
Second Place: David Cohen, (Age 14) from Kent, Washington USA
Third Place: Nicolas Fotheringham, (Age 15) from United Kingdom

2009 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Champions - Masters Division (born in 1993 or earlier)
First Place: Stephen Silvestro, (Age 20) from Citrus Springs, Florida USA
Second Place: Sammi Sekkoum, (Age 20) from United Kingdom
Third Place: Jay Hernung, (Age 20) from Madrid, Iowa USA

Over the past 13 years, Pokémon has established its prominence as one of the top children's franchises in history.  In 2009, the Pokémon animated series will be broadcast in as many as 153 countries in more than 25 languages. The Pokémon video game series has sold more than 191 million games worldwide and The Pokémon Trading Card Game is the No. 1 collectible trading card game of all-time having more than 46,000 active members worldwide.  

For more information, please visit: http://www.go-pokemon.com/worlds



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