On January 28 the Pokémon Company announced that February will be the first month when Pokémon X and Pokémon Y pokémon from the new Kalos region will be allowed to be used in its online tournament called the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Beta Competition.
The tournament, which will make use of the Global Link feature in order to allow pokémon trainers from all over the world to battle each other online, is scheduled to start on Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Players of all skill levels are invited to participate.
Many players have already qualified for the tournament by earning high ranking in online Global Showdown events and registering their copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y to their Global Link account. The Pokémon Company announcement notes, however, there is still room for more players in the competition. Beginning on January 31, 2014, players who haven’t already been invited can learn how to register by going to the Pokémon Global Link website, which is listed below in the sources. Space is limited so those who want to participate should head over to the Pokémon Global Link website as soon as possible when registration opens. The full rules and regulations for the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Beta Competition will also become available at that time.
Although the official rules have not yet been announced, it appears that they may been revealed accidentally by the official Korean Pokémon site. The rules that were revealed on that site, according to Serebii.net, include the fact that battles will be Double Battles in which players can use any pokémon found in their National Pokédex, with the exception of Mewtwo, Xerneas, Yveltal or Zygarde. In addition, pokémon cannot be transferred from previous generations. In order to level the playing field, all pokémon will be made to be Level 30. Also, there will be a new regulation stating that players can only fight in 20 battles for each day of competition. But if players fail to play 20 battles in a given day, they will be allowed to roll the rest of their daily quota over to the following day. The site further stated that there would be user surveys conducted between February 28th and March 7th gauging player satisfaction with how the tournament was run.
Pokémon Global Link is a multiplayer feature which is run using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. It first became available in the Generation V games and replaced the Global Terminal from Generation VI. On January 14, 2014, the Pokémon Global Link service was closed down for Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, and Pokémon White 2. However, services for Global Trade Station, Wi-Fi Random Matchups in Free Mode and Wi-Fi Club remain available.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are the two new Generation VI games which became available worldwide on October 12, 2013. Pokémon fans have been eagerly awaiting two new apps for the games called Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter, which will allow players to transfer and store their pokémon through a cloud service which is available for a $4.99 annual fee. Unfortunately the new apps have been delayed with no known release date since December 27, 2013 when heavy holiday traffic prevented them from being released on time. Now that details about the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Global Link tournament are starting to be revealed, perhaps Pokémon fans will have something new to look forward to as they while away the time until Pokémon Bank finally gets its worldwide release.
By Nancy Schimelpfening