Pokemon World Championships crown 2016 winners

The Pokemon World Championships took place this past weekend in San Francisco, California, with three age divisions competing over all things Pokemon: card game, videogame, and the recently released Pokken Tournament, which carried with it a $10,000 prize pool.

The Championships are a good reminder that, for as much as Pokemon is a beloved pastime for adults, children still by and large drive the franchise. Each of the Pokemon tournaments were broken down into age brackets: Juniors (born 2005 or later), Seniors (born between 2001 and 2004), and Masters (born 2000 or earlier). Competitors from the United States and Japan dominated across all three age groups, with notable winners representing Denmark and the United Kingdom as well.

Unlike past years, 2016’s championships were closed to the public, a result of increased interest in the Pokemon series (from Pokemon Go) and most likely security concerns after last year’s shooting threat. It’s not yet known whether the 2017 championships will follow suit, but given that it’ll be set in Anaheim — land of nigh-infinite hotel space, on account of nearby Disneyland — I’m sure the organizers could figure something out.

The full breakdown of winners, by tournament and age division:

2016 Pokemon Trading Card Game World Championships

Junior Division Finalists (born 2005 or later)

  • First Place: Shunto Sadahiro (Japan)
  • Second Place: Riku Ushirosako (Japan)

Senior Division Finalists (born 2001–2004)

  • First Place: Jesper Eriksen (Denmark)
  • Second Place: Connor Pedersen (United States)

Masters Division Finalists (born 2000 or earlier)

  • First Place: Shintaro Ito (Japan)
  • Second Place: Cody Walinski (United States)
Wolfe Glick (left) placed first in the masters division for the Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire videogame tournament.

Wolfe Glick (left) placed first in the masters division for the Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire videogame tournament.

2016 Pokemon Videogame World Championships (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)

Junior Division Finalists (born 2005 or later)

  • First Place: Cory Connor (United States)
  • Second Place: Shu Harasaki (Japan)

Senior Division Finalists (born 2001–2004)

  • First Place: Carson Confer (United States)
  • Second Place: Yuki Wata (Japan)

Masters Division Finalists (born 2000 or earlier)

  • First Place: Wolfe Glick (United States)
  • Second Place: Jonathan Evans (United States)

2016 Pokken Tournament World Championships

Senior Division Finalists (born 2001 or later)

  • First Place: Josh Simmonite (United Kingdom)
  • Second Place: Dale Causey (United States)

Masters Division Finalists (born 2000 or earlier)

  • First Place: Masami Sato (Japan)
  • Second Place: Takuma Araki (Japan)

Congratulations to all the winners! Below, a recap video of this year’s competition put together by The Pokemon Company.

All images via Kotaku.