in a open letter On what the future holds for the Pokémon Unite MOBA, game producer Masaaki Hoshino vaguely alluded to upcoming events and changes to the game. However, Hoshino blurted out an important piece of news: Pokémon Unite will be featured at the 2022 Pokémon World Championships.
The Pokémon World Championships are a series of invitation-only tournaments that take place in August. Championships, or “Worlds,” bring together Pokémon players from around the world and are considered the pinnacle of competitive play in the Pokémon world. Worlds began in 2004 with a Pokémon Trading Card Game tournament, since then it has expanded to include the most recent RPG video game to date, as well as the Pokkén Tournament fighting game. In October, Pokémon GO was also announced as an addition to Worlds 2022 tournaments.
While details are yet to come, the Pokémon Unite Worlds tournament will focus on teams, not individual players. There will be a competitive season to eliminate qualified teams before Worlds. Hoshino’s letter also hinted at a new tournament in Unite that will level the playing field against the highly improved Held Items, which were at the center of the game’s pay-per-play controversy. Hoshino also said that the game will be translated into new languages, including Hindi and Russian.
This year’s Pokémon World Championships is scheduled for August in London, England.