Let the games begin! The 2013 Pokémon World Championships are underway here in Vancouver, B.C., with nearly 600 Trainers ready to battle. Yesterday, nearly 900 players competed for the final Worlds invitations in the exciting Last Chance Qualifier, rounding out an amazing field of top players from all over the world.

The festivities begin with opening ceremonies featuring a special presentation by Pokémon X and Pokémon Y director Junichi Masuda. Then, the players take their seats to prepare for a long day of intense and fun battles!

We'll have continuous coverage of the 2013 Pokémon World Championships throughout the weekend. And don't forget that we'll be streaming live matches from here at the Vancouver Convention Centre starting at 5 p.m. this evening, then coverage of the final matches tomorrow! Follow the action at www.twitch.tv/pokemon.

Congratulations and good luck to every competitor at the 2013 Pokémon World Championships!