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Ruettiger captures Pokémon regional

Minooka gamer wins chance to play at 2013 national event

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 6:58 a.m. CDT

BELLEVUE, Wash. — After a weekend of head-to-head video game battles, Joey Ruettiger earned the esteemed title of Pokémon Autumn Regional Champion at the 2012 Pokémon Autumn Regional Championships.

Held in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Octo. 13-14, Joey is among only five Junior Division video game Champions from across North America to earn a travel award to compete at the 2013 Pokémon U.S. National Championships next summer. There, Joey will compete for an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships held next August in Vancouver, B.C. where they will battle for the ultimate title of Pokémon World Champion.

“Congratulations to all of the Pokémon Autumn Regional Champions and a special thank you to the thousands of family, friends and Pokémon fans who attended the five events across the U.S. and Canada,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “The 2012-2013 Play! Pokemon season has gotten off to an exciting start and we’re looking forward to what’s in store for the rest of the year, including the Pokémon Winter and Spring Regional Championships.”

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Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world.

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