The first ever Arkansas Pokémon State Championship Tournament is coming to Spa City on March 19, 2011.
*New headline after my original joke header, "Child dorks to convene in Hot Springs," apparently caused international outrage and led one commenter to suggest Pokemon fans would "kill" me for the slight and another to call me a "nihilist." Apologies to Pikachu and all his buddies. May you make gazillions of dollars for Nintendo until the end of time.
Full release on the jump.
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Polish your Pikachu. The Arkansas Pokémon State Championship Tournament is scheduled for Hot Springs on March 19, 2011.
More than 100 fans of the popular role-playing game are expected to gather for the showdown, according to Craig Durmon of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Early registration is now underway and will continue through March 15. Information on how to register and details on the type of play may be obtained by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.organizedplayinar.com.
Tournament age divisions are: Junior Division, for those born in 2000 or later; Senior Division, for those born between 1996 and 1999; Master Division, for those born in 1995 or earlier.
It will be the first state championship ever held in Arkansas, according to Jessie Duncan, Arkansas’ Pokémon Premier Tournament organizer. Winners will earn Premier Rating Points toward a possible Rating Invitation to the World Championships in August in San Diego.
Pokémon originated in Japan and quickly spread worldwide, with numerous forms of play involving the capture of various “Pocket Monsters” (hence the abbreviated name).
For more information contact Jessie Duncan at 501-262-1744.