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Get ready, trainers, it’s time for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships!

Events kick off on Friday, Aug. 16, when fans around the world can tune in to four live broadcasts from The Pokémon Company International on Twitch. The live streams from Washington, D.C., will feature intense matchups and expert commentary for all three days of the event.

Pokémon video game and trading card game (TCG) players from more than 45 countries will compete across three age divisions. Winners will earn the title of Pokémon World Champion and more than $500,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Friday morning kicks off with a Pokémon GO Invitational, followed by rotating video games and TCG matchups. The final matches and closing ceremony will be Sunday.

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Those wanting to tune in can choose between four live streams:

The full streaming schedule for the Pokémon World Championships is as follows. All times are EDT:

Friday, Aug. 16

Opening Ceremony on all four streams at 9 a.m.

Main Stage Stream:

  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.:
    • 9 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
    • 9:30 a.m.: Preshow
    • 9:45 a.m.: Pokémon GO Invitational
    • 11:45 a.m.: VG & TCG Swiss Rounds

Pokémon VG Stream:

  • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.: VG Swiss Rounds

Pokémon TCG Stream:

  • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.: TCG Swiss Rounds

Pokkén Tournament DX Stream:

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Last Chance Qualifier

Saturday, Aug. 17:

Main Stage Stream:

  • 8:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.:
    • 9 a.m.: VG & TCG Swiss Rounds
    • 3 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament DX Senior and Masters Division Finals
    • 6 p.m.: VG Top Cut

Pokémon VG Stream:

  • 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Swiss Rounds and Top Cut

Pokémon TCG Stream:

  • 11:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Swiss Rounds and Top Cut

Pokkén Tournament DX Stream:

  • 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Championship Bracket (moves to Main Stage Stream at 3 p.m.)

Sunday, Aug. 18:

Main Stage Stream:

Starting at 9 a.m., the following matches will be played in order, with an estimated finish of 4 p.m.:

  • TCG Junior Finals
  • TCG Senior Finals
  • TCG Masters Finals
  • VG Junior Finals
  • VG Senior Finals
  • VG Masters Finals
  • 4 p.m.: Closing Ceremony

All times approximate and subject to change.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son. You can follow Leah over on Twitter @GamingBricaBrac