Pokemon Unite managed to take the iconic franchise and deliver something we haven’t seen in its countless iterations - a MOBA. It’s an endeavor that’s proven to be successful, as fans flocked to the game and continue to do so in light of new content. Now, Pokemon Unite is taking another big step in becoming a mainstay of the franchise pantheon. Pokemon Unite has been confirmed to be featured at this year’s Pokemon World Championship Series.
Pokemon Unite developer TiMi Studio Group shared the news with players in a recent blog post. It’s here that we get the announcement that Pokemon Unite will be a part of the Pokemon World Championships in 2022. “Starting this year, Pokemon Unite teams from around the globe will have the opportunity to battle it out over a competitive season, with qualifying teams going head-to-head at our World Championships in August.”
Since Pokemon Unite was first revealed, the game’s potential as an esport has been the subject of many conversations. MOBAs are huge in the competitive gaming space, and Pokemon seems to be a good enough fit with that model, at least according to our Shacknews review. Pokemon Unite launched with a fleshed out competitive mode, with seasons and ranks for players to grind through. Now, Pokemon Unite esports will hit the big stage at the largest competitive Pokemon event of the year.
The Pokemon Trading Card Game, Pokemon Go, Pokken Tournament DX, and the mainline series are all set to make their return in the Pokemon World Championship Series 2022, as detailed on the official Pokemon website. Pokemon Unite will be the latest addition to the event lineup. The Pokemon World Championship Series 2022 will take place this August in London.