Pokemon UNITE World Championship Series 2023: Prize pool, Roadmap, Format, and More

The competition boasts a total prize pool of $1,000,000.

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While everyone is waiting to hit the new year, every game publisher is up to announce their plans for the coming year. Recently, Pokemon Unite publishers announced the complete roadmap for the 2023 season featuring new tournaments and the addition of new regions. The announcement was made through their official social media channels on Friday, 16 December.

The Pokemon Unite Championship Series 2023 is slated to take place in February 2023, with monthly qualifiers for each region. The event is set to feature a prize pool of more than $1,000,000 USD from which $500,000 will be awarded for the ultimate World Championship 2023, which is scheduled to be held in Yokohama, Japan.

The Championship series will see Pokémon UNITE expanding to more territories, bringing the number of World Championship slots to 31. In addition, both LAN and online competitions will be held over the forthcoming season. The much-anticipated 2023 season will kick off on February 4, 2023.

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Pokemon UNITE 2023 Championship Series Roadmap Revealed

The forthcoming 2023 season will feature regional tournaments from which the teams will be given the chance to qualify for the World Championship. Players from all the available regions can participate in the qualification process. The two ways in which the players can qualify for the championship are:

  1. Multiple monthly qualifiers will be held each month for each region. Players will be given Championship Points (CP) based on their overall performance and position after each month. The number of teams qualifying will vary from region to region. After all tournaments, the teams with the most CPs will qualify for the World Championship. Players’ CPs can be kept to switch clubs in the middle of the season.
  2. The winners of each of the 11 Regional Championships will directly qualify for the World Championships.

Here is how the qualification process goes for regional tournaments:

An Open Qualifier phase, similar to the February Cup, will be included in the event that takes place each month. The top eight teams from the Open Qualifier will go on to the Monthly Finals competition, which will be held one week following the Open Qualifier. Players can also participate in the Aeos Cup, which will take place in March and feature more CP and prizes than the monthly tournaments.

The game’s officials have not yet disclosed all of the information for the Asian region.

Pokémon UNITE Championship Series 2023: Region-wise slot distribution

A total of 31 teams from the below-listed regions will be able to qualify for the World Championship. Japan, North America, and Europe will get the maximum number of slots (four):

  • Japan: 4 teams
  • South Korea: 2 teams
  • Asia Pacific East: 3 teams
  • Asia Pacific West: 3 teams
  • India: 2 teams
  • Brazil: 2 teams
  • Europe: 4 teams
  • Latin America North: 3 teams
  • Latin America South: 2 teams
  • North America: 4 teams
  • Oceania: 2 teams

Prize Pool Distribution

The $1 Million Prize Pool is allocated to the World Championship and is distributed among the teams as follows:

  • 1st Place: $100,000
  • 2nd Place: $75,000
  • 3rd Place: $65,000
  • 4th Place: $60,000
  • 5th and 6th Place: $45,000
  • 7th and 8th Place: $25,000
  • 9th to 12th Place: $10,000
  • 13th to 16th Place: $5,000

Tournament Schedule

Multiple events will be hosted all year round exclusively for each region. Here is a brief tournament schedule for every region’s planned tournaments.

Event Type Date
February Cup Open Qualifier February 4, 2023
February Finals Monthly Finals February 11, 2023
March Cup Open Qualifier March 4, 2023
March Finals Monthly Finals March 11, 2023
Aeos Cup LCQ Open Qualifier March 25, 2023
Aeos Cup Aeos Cup (NA, LA, BR, OC) April 1-2, 2023
Aeos Cup Aeos Cup (EU) April 14-16, 2023
April Cup Open Qualifier April 22, 2023
April Finals Monthly Finals April 29, 2023
May Cup Open Qualifier May 13, 2023
May Finals Monthly Finals May 20, 2023
Regional Championships Open Qualifier Open Qualifier June 3, 2023
Regional Championships Regional Championships June 10-11, 2023
Regional Championships Regional Championships (NA) June 2023

The 2022 Pokemon UNITE World Championship, which had a total prize pool of $500K, was held in London, England, and was won by North American team BLVKHVND in August of this year.

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