Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?

Pokemon world championship takes Pokemon Go back to its roots

The game that sparked Pokemon Go kicks it old school with a tournament that begins this weekend.

Jessica Dolcourt Editorial Director, Content Operations
Jessica Dolcourt's career with CNET began in 2006, and spans reviews, reporting, analysis and commentary for desktop software; mobile software, including the very first Android and iPhone apps and operating systems; and mobile hardware, with an emphasis on iPhone and Samsung. Jessica was one of the first people in the world to test, review and report on foldable phones and 5G wireless speeds. Jessica began leading CNET's How-To section for tips and FAQs in 2019, guiding coverage of practical advice on expansive topics ranging from personal finance to phones and home. She holds an MA with Distinction from the University of Warwick (UK).
Expertise Team leadership, audience engagement, iPhone, Android, iOS, tips and FAQs.
Jessica Dolcourt

Getty Images

This weekend, while millions of people in the thrall of Pokemon Go crawl the streets trying to catch them all, a more select group of diehards will honor Nintendo's original Pokemon game in an annual tournament.

Competitors from 35 countries will flock to the 2016 Pokemon World Championships, taking place August 19 through 21 in San Francisco. There, they'll vie for the title of champion in Pokemon trading card, video and Pokken Tournament games -- and a share in the $500,000 purse or other prizes.

Pokefans won't be able to attend the event, but you can watch the action through four live-streaming channels at Pokemon.com/Live.

Watch this: Why Pokemon Go is so popular