In a very nice surprise for fans of the fighting genre and Pokémon alike, the Pokémon Company International have announced the Pokkén Tournament Championship Series.
Two qualifier events have been announced so far: Firstly, Pokkén Tournament will be among the lineup at EVO 2016 in July 2016, some four months after the game's release on March 18th. Pokkén will also be present at the US VGC Nationals championships this year, also in July, alongside the main games and the TCG.
The winners of both of these events will qualify for the finals of the Pokkén Tournament World Championships, which will be held at the Worlds finals in San Francisco, California later this year.
This is incredibly important news. We've said before on this fair website that Pokken is the single most important thing to happen to the franchise in years, and today's EVO announcement is an important reminder of why. EVO is attended not by Pokémon fans, not even by Nintendo fans, but by an entirely different crowd.
The announcement that Pokken will be at the US Nats and Worlds is also an important sign: Unlike many Pokémon games in the past, TPCi feel it major enough to stand alongside the main series games and the TCG at the most prestigious Pokémon tournament in the world. It's a clear indicator that Pokkén is here to stay as a mainstay of the series, rather than an amusing but ultimately unimportant side-game.