I've always been interested in the competitive scene in Pokemon, but never really had the time for it. Nonetheless, I'd like to play competitively with the release of X and Y for at least awhile. How exactly does the competitive play work out? Is it just the best people from the Battle Competitions on the Global Link that are invited to tournaments, or is the online feature of Pokemon different from the actual tournaments?
The official competitive system is subject to change, but, currently, there is a point system. You get a certain amount of points for your place (if it's high) in online tournaments, as well as at some physical tournaments. If you have enough points, you get to go to the world championships (there's also a last chance qualifier tournament at worlds for four more peole to get in). Check this link for detailed info: