The Pokémon Firm introduced Tuesday that it has determined to cancel the 2021 Pokémon World Championships. The following World Championships will happen in 2022 in London, the identical metropolis that was deliberate for 2021 occasion.
“The security and well-being of our opponents, organizers, workers, native communities, and companions continues to be our prime precedence and is the first consideration with each determination we make,” The Pokémon Firm mentioned in an announcement on the Pokémon web site.
Gamers that had been invited to the 2021 World Championships shall be invited again to the 2022 occasion. The Pokémon Firm additionally mentioned that each one different occasions a part of the official Play! Pokémon occasion sequence will stay suspended till additional discover from the corporate.
If gamers need to compete sooner, they’ll have to take action on-line through occasions like the continuing Play! Pokémon Group Problem and Pokémon Gamers Cup. The Gamers Cup will happen beginning in June and embody the Pokémon buying and selling card recreation, Pokémon Sword and Defend, and Pokkén Event DX.
Different aggressive gaming occasions have been canceled as a result of COVID-19, together with the Fortnite World Cup and Evo 2020.
As for the way forward for Pokémon occasions subsequent 12 months, The Pokémon Firm mentioned that the corporate appears ahead “an expanded celebration for Pokémon subsequent 12 months”, however didn’t elaborate on its plan.