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Registration for the "2016 International Challenge January" Online Competition begins Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 00:00 UTC through Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 23:59 UTC.
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Play in the first Online Competition to use the latest Pokémon Video Game Championship Series format in the International Challenge January! Start testing new strategies and ideas that you’ll be able to use throughout the 2016 season! Top players will be eligible to earn Championship Points as progress toward an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships this August. All battles are Double Battles played in Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. You may not bring in Pokémon from earlier games via Poké Transporter (the blue pentagon is required). All Pokémon above Lv. 50 will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the match.

Sign-Up Period
Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 00:00 UTC through Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 23:59 UTC
• You must sign up during this period in order to be able to participate in the competition.
• You may sign up for the competition once per game registered to your PGL account.

Competition Period
Friday, January 29, 2016, at 00:00 UTC through Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 23:59 UTC

Participant Limit
50,000 (limit subject to change; first come, first served)

Participation Gift
Qualified participants will receive 2,000 Poké Miles, which can be used at the PokéMileage Club on the Pokémon Global Link. To qualify, players must earn a place in the rankings by completing at least one battle.

Age Divisions
Junior/Senior Division: Born 2001 or later
Masters Division: Born 2000 or earlier
• Junior Division players are limited to playing between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., based on the eastern-most time zone in each player’s country.

Ranking Results Announcement
February 2016 (announcement time subject to change)

Compatible Games
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

Competition Rules
• This competition uses Double Battle format.
• Players may use Pokémon with National Pokédex number 1 through 720, with the exception of the following: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, and Hoopa.
• Players can register a maximum of two Pokémon to the Battle Box from the following list: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde.
• Pokémon brought over from Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, or Pokémon White 2 via Poké Transporter may not participate in this competition.
• Register four–six of your Lv. 1–100 Pokémon to your Battle Box.
• All Pokémon above Lv. 50 in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Only four of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Box can be used during each match.
• A 15-minute time limit for each match will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. If the outcome has not been determined when the time limit expires, the game will automatically apply tiebreakers to determine a winner.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select four Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made his or her selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.
• For additional details, please come back to check the competition’s regulations page when registration opens.

Rewards
• The top 256 players in each age division (based on Play! Pokémon parameters) will receive Championship Points. Players must be opted into the Play! Pokémon program and have a Player ID at the time the competition begins to be eligible for Championship Points.

Participation Requirements
• A Pokémon Trainer Club membership
• A wireless Internet connection
• A Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire game with a Game Sync ID registered in the Pokémon Global Link (PGL)
• The birth date you have registered in your Pokémon Trainer Club account will determine the age division in which you play. If it’s discovered during the competition that your birth-date information is incorrect, you may be disqualified from the competition and future competitions.
Source: http://3ds.pokemon-gl.com/information/236e5af2-7043-400f-be36-a5713785d52a

The new rule document can be downloaded at this link: https://t.co/GRUFlMngKh
 
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