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The 2021 World Championships will be held in London, United Kingdom in August 2021. It will be the seventeenth invitation-only championships for players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the twelfth for players of the Pokémon video games, and the fifth for players of Pokkén Tournament. This will be the second time the Pokémon World Championships are held outside of the United States, following the 2013 World Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Invitations for the Trading Card Game and the video game events will be awarded to players who accumulate enough Championship Points throughout the season. Invitations for Pokkén Tournament will be awarded to the top placements at three International Championships and players from Japan. There will also be Last Chance Qualifiers held for Pokkén Tournament.
The World Championships were initially intended to be held at ExCeL London from August 14 to 16, 2020, but were canceled along with the 2020 Play! Pokémon Championship Series as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A pop up Pokémon Center will be open during the 2020 World Championships.
Trading Card Game Championships
The Pokémon Trading Card Game will feature the 2019-20 Standard format, using all cards from Ultra Prism onward. Players will receive invitations from gaining enough Championship Points throughout the year, with the best of them receiving Day Two Invitations, or from the previous year's World Championships.
Haruki Miyamoto of Japan is the defending champion.
Kaya Lichtleitner of Germany is the defending champion.
Henry Brand of Australia is the defending champion.
Video Game Championships
Players will receive invitations from gaining enough Championship Points throughout the year, with the best of them receiving Day Two Invitations, or from the previous year's World Championships.
Matches will take place in Pokémon Sword and Shield and will all be Double Battles. All Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex except Mythical Pokémon and certain Legendary Pokémon, given they had a Galar symbol. Levels for all Pokémon were adjusted to level 50 and no duplicate Pokémon or items were allowed. Players were given seven minutes of Your Time, 45 seconds of Move Time, and 15 minutes of Game Time per game.
Pi Wu of Taiwan is the defending champion.
Ko Tsukide of Japan is the defending champion.
Naoto Mizobuchi of Japan is the defending champion.
Pokkén Tournament Championships
Invitations will be given out to top placements at the Oceania, Europe, and North America International Championships. Two Senior and four Masters invites will be awarded at the Europe and North America Championships each, while the Oceania Championships will only award one Senior and two Masters invites. The remaining invitations will be split between Japanese players and players who made it through the Last Chance Qualifiers.
Pokkén Tournament DX will be used for the tournament, with every player required to use their own HORI Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad or HORI Pokkén Tournament DX Pro Pad.
Colin "Ashgreninja1" Jones of the United States is the defending champion in the Seniors Division.
Hiroki "Subutan" Ishida of Japan is the defending champion in the Masters Division.