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European wins Pokémon World Championship for the first time

Pokémon history was made over the weekend when Italy’s Arash Ommati defeated Japan’s Ryouske Kosuge in the finals of the Masters Division World Pokémon Championships. This is the first time that a European has won the most prestigious event in competitive Pokémon.

You can watch the full finals between Kosuge and Ommati in the video below:

“The Pokémon World Championships celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokémon spirit embodies,” The Pokémon Company International director of consumer marketing J.C. Smith said. “We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2013 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.”

Over the weekend, The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of Nintendo, held the Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver. The best Pokémon video game and trading-card game players on the globe gathered in the Canadian city to claim the title of world’s greatest player.

Fans can watch the full archive of events on the official Pokémon Twitch page.

Nintendo plans to release two new Pokémon games later this year. Pokémon X and Y will debut on the 3DS Oct. 12. They will expand the universe of the pocket monsters and will likely take over as the new standard in competitive Pokémon.

Here is the full list of winners and runners-up in all of championship events from the over the weekend:

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)

World Champion: Ondrej Kujal (Czech Republic)

Second Place: Yugo Sato (Japan)

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)

World Champion: Kaiwen Cabbabe (Australia)

Second Place: Clement Lamberton (France)

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)

World Champion: Jason Klaczynski (United States)

Second Place: Simon Narode (United States)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)

World Champion: Brendan Zheng (United States)

Second Place: Fuko Nakamichi  (Japan)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)

World Champion: Hayden McTavish (United States)

Second Place: Ben Hickey (United States)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)

World Champion: Arash Ommati (Italy)

Second Place: Ryouske Kosuge (Japan)


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