The 2016 Pokémon World Championships kick off today

If you're not playing in the tournament, you'll have to watch it online.

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The 2016 Pokémon World Championships kick off today

The 2016 Pokémon World Championships are being taken to the next level as they kick off today. This year, the event is to be closed to the general public, so if you're not actually competing in the tournament, the only way you're going to be able to watch it is via official online streams.

Players are competing for the title of Pokémon World Champion and more importantly a prize pool of over $500,000 in scholarships and travel awards. With competitors from over 30 countries around the world, the games will focus only on Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokkén Tournament and the Pokémon video games. It should go without saying, but there won't be any Pokémon Go competitions.

The events kick off at 9 a.m. PDT on Twitch and the official Pokémon website for general event coverage, with the full streaming schedule listed at the Pokémon World Championships site. Get ready to root for your favorite competitors and get your Pokémon on in a big way.

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