Pokemon 2014 World Championship Review Video Released, Global Community's Passion Is Infectious

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Aug 19, 2014 10:13 AM EDT

The 2014 Pokemon World Championships took place this weekend in Washington, DC, and The Pokemon Company has released a video reviewing the festivities.

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The tournament consisted of two separate competitions--one for Pokémon X and Y, one for the trading card game--and took place Saturday and Sunday. Six players are now champions according to the hosts, who praised the franchise's fanbase.

"The 11th annual invite-only tournament was more than winning or losing; it's an event that showcases the incredibly strong and passionate Pokémon community," the press release stated. "A look back video which played during yesterday's Closing Ceremony perfectly exemplifies the passion and bond Pokémon players, fans, and supporters have."

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It's hard to argue with the developer's assessment here--the fans came out in force and supported the games well, and seemed to genuinely enjoy the event. People came from all over the world to support the games and the community, with participants and attendees varying wildly in age.

The passion and joy shown in the video is pretty infectious--the fans are just happy to come together and share what they love. This is a brighter side to the gaming community, a much-needed reminder of how enjoyable the industry can be amidst too-frequent reports of studio closings, layoffs, harassment, criticisms, and other negatives. Enjoy listening to fans in the video below--none of the emphasis is on winning or losing the event, but coming together.

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