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The Pokémon Company and ESL Gaming Asia has unveiled more details about the upcoming Pokémon Battle Festival, which started last month and goes on until February next year. If you're a fan of AKB48's regional groups - you're going to be excited by this news.

They announced that members of JKT48, BNK48, MNL48 and CGM48 will be competing in this tournament! Yes, you read that right - you'll get to see some of your favourite idols duking it out in Pokémon UNITE. 14 teams will face off in an internal qualifier, with the top 2 teams from each group entering the main group stage on 8-9 January. The playoffs of the invitational will be held on 16 January.

In addition to AKB48, there will also be a whole list of creators taking part in the event:

Hong Kong: 蔥蔥 ChungChung, Deer 鹿兒, Kisabbb, KZee, 馬馬 Rose Ma
Indonesia: AK Gaming, Alpats Gaming, Gilang FA GAME, Lynnda
Malaysia: Bexed, Cometopapa, MasterRamen, MissRose Gaming, Obot Gaming, Vokey Gaming,
Singapore: Arthars, Nadia, Sean, SynC, SkyWee
Taiwan: 小潔_Mina
Thailand: Attempt Z, HotHead - เกมเมอร์หัวร้อน, JAI RAW ใจร้าว, Jz O.racle, Online Station
The Philippines: Alodia Gosiengfiao, Dexie Diaz, Elie Gaming, Lhea Bernardino, Moymoy Palaboy

With more to be announced in the future!

They'll be competing in the Pokémon GO, Pokémon UNITE, Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl events throughout the whole festival. They'll also be uploading highlights of the show on their YouTube channel for those of you who miss the live games.

They also announced some new updates for Pokémon UNITE, here's a quick rundown:

Pokemon UNITE is available now on the App Store and Google Play. For more info on the event, visit the official website or ESL Asia on Facebook.

Are you ready to catch 'em all? Pokémon UNITE, the long-awaited Pokémon MOBA, which has had over five million pre-registrations, is finally making its way to your smartphones and tablets tomorrow afternoon. In addition to the launch of the game, there will be a new battle pass, Galactic Ghost 094, to go along with it. Galactic Ghost 094 will feature tons of space-themed items and rewards to make your Pokémon look out of this world. Players will also be able to get the Unite license for Zeraora - by winning 32 battles (players who already own it will receive Aeos coins). There will also be a new squad finder feature, Unite squads, which will allow like-minded trainers to easily find people to play together with.

The game will be released on the Google Play Store (Android) and iOS App Store (iOS) at 3 PM, on 22nd September (Wednesday). To celebrate the five million pre-registrations, every user who has played the mobile version of Pokémon UNITE and completed the log-in event by Sunday 31st October will receive the following rewards: Aeos tickets (to exchange for in-game items), a Unite license for Pikachu, and special Holowear for Pikachu called Festival Style. Players who already have the Unite license for Pikachu will receive Aeos coins instead.

If you've been waiting for months to play the game because you don't own a Switch, remember to mark the time on your calendar! Who's excited?

We've got more exciting Pokémon news today after yesterday's announcement of the Asia Players Cup, The Pokémon Company has revealed the release date for the mobile version of Pokémon UNITE! The game, which is currently only playable on the Nintendo Switch, will arrive on Android and iOS devices, 22 September 2021 - just over a month away before you can play this Pokémon-themed MOBA on your smartphones.

For those of you not in the know, Pokémon UNITE is Nintendo's take on the free-to-play MOBA genre. Two teams of 5 players, each player controlling one Pokémon, on a symmetrical battlefield. Each Pokémon grows stronger by winning fights, and teams win games by scoring more points than the enemies before the time runs out. Points are scored by catching wild Pokémon on the map (the non player characters) and turning in those points at your opponent's goals to destroy them. The game has been on the Nintendo Switch since July and will reach a wider audience once it comes to mobile.

Based on what we've seen about the game, it looks like it could be a lot of fun for Pokémon fans looking for a different kind of game. While it probably won't hold a candle to games like Dota 2, League of Legends and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, it could serve as a gateway game for people looking to get into the genre. We're definitely going to check it out once it's available so stay tuned to eGG Network for more news! To pre-register for the game, head here for Android and here for iOS.

Hardcore Pokémon players in the region, rejoice! All those years spent training your Pokémon can finally be put to good use. If you fancy a ticket to the Pokémon Global Exhibition to play against the best Pokémon Sword/Shield players in the world, you're in luck. ESL and The Pokémon Company announced the launch of the Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021.

As the very first multi-regional online tournament for Pokémon Sword/Shield in Asia, we'll get to see trainers from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand show off their Pokémon skills to win the title of best in the region. The winner will secure a slot to the Pokémon Global Exhibition in October and the Travel award to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships.

Tournament Dates

Prizes

Rules

This tournament sounds like something a younger me would have jumped at the chance to compete in (twenty years ago). But for those of you who are interested now, registration for the tournament is open and qualifiers will kick off on 28 August. Head over to the official ESL website to sign up. No mention of any broadcasts at the moment, but we would be surprised if it wasn't televised. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates!

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