The annual Pokémon World Championships are just about to begin! Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players from all over the globe are ready to begin their quest to become World Champion. The action kicks off Friday with the Last Chance Qualifier, and will continue until Sunday afternoon when a new champion has been determined.

This year's competition returns to the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii, site of the 2010 Pokémon World Championships. The players will be competing for over $100,000 in scholarships, as well as an invitation to next year's Pokémon World Championships.

If you find yourself in Hawaii while the World Championships are in action, come join the fun! All events are free to watch and open to the public!

Check this site as events unfold at the 2012 Pokémon World Championships. We'll have updates for all events, as well as photos and videos directly from the competition floor.