Pokémon V.I.P.s

Attendees have the opportunity to meet some of the people who make the Pokémon Trading Card Game and video games!

One of the most exciting aspects of the Pokémon World Championships is the chance to meet some of the most important people in the world of Pokémon. Don't miss this chance to meet some of the amazing minds behind your favorite Pokémon games. They will also be on hand to sign your favorite pieces of Pokémon memorabilia!

Check back for the schedule of V.I.P. appearances.

This is a great opportunity to rub elbows with true Pokémon celebrities. Don't forget to bring something cool for them to sign!

Tsunekazu Ishihara

Tsunekazu Ishihara

President & Chief Executive Officer, The Pokémon Company

In 1995, Tsunekazu Ishihara established a game planning and production company named Creatures, Inc., and produced the video games Pocket Monster Aka and Pocket Monster Midori (Pokémon ™ Red Version and Pokémon ™ Blue Version). In 1998, Mr. Ishihara participated in the foundation of Pokémon Center Co., Ltd. (currently The Pokémon Company), and assumed the post of president. Currently Mr. Ishihara works closely with the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the entire Pokémon universe, including the TV animation series and theatrical movies.

Junichi Masuda

Junichi Masuda

Director, GAME FREAK inc.

Junichi Masuda has been involved with the Pokémon brand since the development of the first Pokémon video game. He is engaged in the development of all video games created by GAME FREAK inc., responsible for a broad array of work including game design, music composition, script writing, and programming. For Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, he was the video game director.

Shigeki Morimoto

Shigeki Morimoto

Game Director, GAME FREAK inc.

Shigeki Morimoto is a game director for the Pokémon video game series and has been engaged in GAME FREAK game development from the beginning. He was the director for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions.

Mr. Morimoto has played a variety of roles in the development of Pokémon video games such as director, game designer, programmer, and character designer.

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