Welcome to the Pokemon Games Online webpage. Thanks to the fine people at The Pokemon Company International [TPCi], we have obtained the rights to provide officially sanctioned Pokemon game tournaments via the Internet. However, there are some limitations that the Pokemon people have placed upon us to allow us to do this.
The following sections are a number of steps for registering and participating in a tournament. Keep in mind that these rules may be adjusted for sponsored events. Those adjustments would be found on the sponsor’s website. Otherwise, what is not mentioned on a sponsor’s website or the tournament page that is found here remains the same.
Requirements from TPCi:
- All tournaments must have “Online” in its name when sanctioned.
- All tournaments must be based upon the current standard rule set.
- All tournaments must be single elimination. (Non-Live Tournaments)
- All tournaments must be first paired in the Pokemon Tournament Operations Manager [TOM] and the initial brackets set to match online. (Non-Live Tournaments)
- Players must be at least 16 years of age as of this year to participate (Masters Division).
- Players must have a Pokemon Organized Play [POP] identification number (A POP ID number can be issued to new players. It is also referred to simply as a player ID).
Tournaments that last longer than 14 days will be unable to use TOM for reporting since TPCi requires tournaments to be reported within 14 days of their start time. In this case, tournaments that last longer than 14 days may be conducted in swiss rounds, but manually reported before the submission deadline. All other requirements from TPCi still apply.
NOTE: The above rules assume that the tournament brackets are not being live streamed and instead the pairings are being displayed via a third-party website. If TOM is being live streamed, then the tournament may be conducted in swiss rounds. Thus, eliminating the need for an online bracket system.
If you do not sign up on Challonge.Com (Step One), the Online Registration page (Step Two) and join the tournament on Challonge.Com (Step Three), you will be removed from the tournament. We need matching Challonge.Com Usernames to confirm a legitimate entry. Entry is first come, first served as some tournaments may only allow for a maximum number of participants to register.
– Step One (1) –
Visit Challonge.Com and sign up, if you do not already have an account. We will be using the Challonge.Com website for player contact, reporting, bracket advancement and discussion. Remember to write down your Challonge.Com Username.
– Step Two (2) –
Visit The Online Registration page of Games – Ohio to submit your information. You will need to submit your POP ID, First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth and Challonge.Com Username. You will only need to provide your e-mail address if you want to join the Games – Ohio mail list. Future event details will be included in the monthly newsletter.
For Pokemon video game tournaments, the registration form will ask you for information about your Pokemon team. This may include the Pokemon’s name, nickname, held item, level, ability, nature, moves/power points and/or statistics (HP, ATK, DEF, SATK, SDEF & SPD). For Pokemon Trading Card Game Online tournaments, the registration form will ask you for information about your Pokemon deck. This may include listing and/or the count of each type of card.
If you do not have a POP ID and have requested that one be issued to you when registering, you will receive the identification number via the Challonge.Com messenger with a pin after the tournament has begun. The amount of POP IDs available to us are limited. We cannot give them out to players who may drop before the tournament begins. It wastes them for those that may need them as we cannot report the tournament with players without POP IDs.
You will be expected to either create or log in to your Pokemon.Com account and add your POP ID number via your profile. To add your POP ID number to your account, click the menu tab on the left side of your screen. Then, click “View Your Profile” and after that go to your “Play! Pokemon Settings”. In addition to getting a player point, it also enables TPCi to track our results.
– Step Three (3) –
To join the tournament, visit the Challonge.Com Games – Ohio Organization page. From there, find the tournament that you wish to join and click the link. Once on the tournament’s page, click the join button.
Challonge.Com will send match notifications (also indicating who will be your opponent) at the start of each round via e-mail as well as private message, provided that you have enabled those options in your account Settings.
– Step Four (4) –
If the tournament requires that you pay an entry fee, order it via our Shop. Add the item to your cart, view the cart and checkout. Follow the instructions until the transaction has been completed.
Now it is time to wait patiently for the pairings to be finalized and the tournament to begin. While you are waiting, you may feel free to like the Games – Ohio Facebook page so that you can receive details about future events. You may also find the Events page for the tournament and join it. That way you can invite friends to join. Just keep in mind that all tournament discussions will be held via the Challonge.Com “Discussion” page for that tournament.
– Step Five (5) –
Once the brackets are paired, you then must use the Challonge.Com Private Message system to exchange connection information with your opponent(s) and schedule your battle. Remember to include the tournament organizer as a recipient of the message so that they can monitor responses. Players have a set amount of time to respond to their opponent(s), meet, battle and report the results to Challonge.Com. Matching reports will auto-advance the brackets. If your bracket does auto-advance, do not challenge your next round opponent(s) until the scheduled period, unless otherwise specified. Mismatched reports will force administrative interference and may delay the tournament, especially if players proceed ahead of the round officially beginning. If by the end of the round your opponent(s) has not contacted you or the battle never occurred, see “Issuing a complaint”.
Your connection information will be different depending upon the console and/or game type. For the video games based upon the Nintendo DS, players must exchange a game-specific friend code. For the video games based upon the Nintendo 2DS/3DS, players must exchange a console-specific friend code. For video games bases upon the Wii U, players must exchange a console-specific friend code. For video games based upon the PC, players must exchange a public profile name. Please consult the console’s and/or game’s official website for details about obtaining your connection information.
For Pokken Tournament, players are encouraged to utilize and share a VS Code with their opponent while conducting a friend battle. This is to ensure that other friends do not connect during the tournament. There are only 10 seconds per try to initiate a connection, so players should coordinate accordingly.
During the video game tournaments, random team checks will be conducted in between rounds via the viewing of battle videos. Each player is expect to save each battle video until the end of the tournament. Any players chosen to share their battle video will be contacted via private message by a member of the tournament staff who will then ask them for their battle video’s code. For the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online, deck checks are unnecessary as the system will only allow legal/modified-constructed decks currently in format to participate.
To find your battle video’s code, connect to the Internet. Then, go into your game’s bag and use the key item known as the Vs. Recorder. Once you have found the video, if you place the cursor upon it and no code is displayed at the top of the screen, you will need to click on the video to make it public. After the battle video is public, the code (EX: WF3W-WWWW-WWW5-VAT2) will appear. When 24 hours has passed, you can remove the battle video from the public by clicking on its icon and then the down arrow.
– Step Six (6) –
Once you report your final round’s results, you may return to your regularly scheduled life. However, everyone will be awarded with a Pokemon Player Point, provided that we have met the minimum eight player registration requirement. Only one can be the tournament champion!
Tournament Operations Manager [TOM]:
- All day-long tournaments will begin at a specific time and reported via TOM upon completion.
- All week-long tournaments will begin on the first day of the week and reported via TOM upon completion.
- All two week-long tournaments will begin on a Friday and reported via TOM upon completion.
- All month-long tournaments will begin on the first day of the month and reported manually once the first round has begun.
- All grand prix tournaments will begin on the first Friday of the month and reported manually once the first round has begun.
Why can only players in the Masters Division participate in online events?
TPCi feels that the online environment is too unpredictable for children to participate in these types of events. While we do try our best to control the content of our events, we cannot control the actions and behaviors of those that participate. Thus, by not permitting Junior and Senior Division players from participating in these events, we reduce both our and TPCi’s liability when it comes to the possible corruption of minors.