Platform and schedule
The tournament is held online, in your Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet game, at the Online competitions section of the Poké Portal’s Battle Stadium.
The tournament starts on 14 May 2023 at 9:00 HKT (01:00 UTC). You are able to play up to 10 battles until 15:00 HKT (07:00 UTC).
You need to complete at least 5 battles to be eligible for prizes.
This event is an official Online Competition, and is part of the 2023 official circuit in Hong Kong.
As a participation prize, any player that finishes at least 5 battles will receive 10,000 League Points.
Additionally, the top 64 players qualify to the 2023 Hong Kong National Championships, to be held live in Kowloon Bay on 4 June.
|1st to 64th||Hong Kong Nationals invite|
The 2023 Hong Kong Nationals Qualifiers is an official Online Competition featuring double battles, and is region-locked. It is the fifth Online Competition in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games for players in Hong Kong, and the first one relevant in the VGC circuit for them.
Online Competitions are usually a part of the casual gameplay, but they have been featured in the official circuit for some years now. Region-locked Online Competitions are something new to Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, and they have been chosen to act as qualifiers to the National Championships in South East Asia or even as National Championships themselves.
Previous editions of the Hong Kong National Championships were open to everyone. This is the first time that a qualifying method has been implemented.
A little bit of history
Hong Kong has been one of the regions on the official TPC circuit since June 2020, and it was part of the Oceania region of the official TPCI circuit before that. It has hosted multiple major events, including Regional Championships, Special Events, and both TPCI-era and current TPC-era National Championships. Hong Kong’s greatest VGC success was the top 16 achieved by Edward Cheung Ka Hin at the 2016 World Championships.
The most recent tournament held in Hong Kong was the 2022 Hong Kong National Championships, played in Kowloon Bay with the Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield VGC Series 12 ruleset in June 2022. The finals saw Hongkonger Pan Si Ming defeat fellow compatriot Ma Chun Yeung to achieve his first major title.
Sign-ups for the event are done through your own Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet game, starting on 9 May 2023 at 9:00 HKT (01:00 UTC). To register, enter the Poké Portal → Battle Stadium → Online competitions → Search for a competition (in the Official Competitions column).
Note that the tournament is only available if your region is set to Hong Kong!
You need to register and lock a team at the time of registration.
Sign-ups close on 13 May 2023 at 8:59 HKT (00:59 UTC).