Pokemon X and Y First Online Tournament to Begin Next Month

The first Pokemon X and Y online competition is scheduled to begin in the middle of Feb.

This new tournament will be the first that allows Pokemon from the X and Y versions to be entered. The Beta Competition will utilize the Pokemon Global Link feature to connect battling trainers and allow the use of Pokemon from Kalos region in combat.

The tournament is scheduled to begin on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET and is open to Pokemon trainers worldwide.

Any players who registered their copies of Pokemon X and Y to their Pokemon Global Link accounts are already qualified to participate in the Beta Competition. Others have secured the place in the tournament by earning high rankings in online Global Showdown events and those who have not registered must do so by Jan. 31.

Pokemon X was recently revealed by Nintendo to be the more popular out of the two versions.

Nintendo originally declined to comment one which of the two is the more popular, but video game site Kotaku recently took a closer look at different evidence and discovered that the X version might take it.

By looking at the UKIE/GfK Chart-Track which keeps track of gaming sales in the U.K. Kotaku was able to discover which version of Pokemon is more popular. It released the list for the top 100 games in the U.K. where Pokemon Y ended up at number 29 while Pokemon X ranked a bit higher at number 27. This point could also be proven in the Nintendo eShop where X was downloaded 24116 times and Y was downloaded 23549 times.

Nintendo eventually caved shortly after this report was posted and confirmed that these lists were correct in stating that Pokemon X is more popular than Y. However, the company only revealed the data for the U.S. which has total sales for X at 1.63 million in Dec. and Y at 1.54 million for the same month.