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Mar 14

Pokémon GO - COVID-19 - Temporary Changes for at least 30 Days

Posted by Sunain | March 14th 2020 at 10:02 AM EDT
Tags: Twitter, Pokémon GO, Niantic
Comments: 0
Niantic has announced that they are doing temporary changes to Pokémon GO as people around the world won't be traveling as much due to the COVID-19 virus spreading around the world. Below are a list of changes that will be in effect for the next 30 days. These changes may continue beyond the 30 days, depending on global circumstances.


Trainers, for the next 30 days, we will be making the following changes for GO Battle League and Trainer Battles with friends:

  • We are removing the walking requirement in GO Battle League to unlock sets. If you're currently in the middle of walking to earn a set, it will take effect from your next set.
  • For Trainer Battles with friends, we've lowered the requirement so you can send challenge invites to Trainers who are your Good Friends.
  • We will be temporarily halting invites for EX Raids. Those who currently have invites will be able to complete their EX Raids, but for the time being, new invites will not be issued.

Source: https://twitter.com/NianticHelp/status/1238605977278013440

Article edited on 2020-03-14 10:04:20 by Sunain
Mar 13

Regional Championships 2020 Canceled for March/April 2020

Posted by Sunain | March 13th 2020 at 02:33 PM EDT
Tags: TCG, Twitter, Regional Championships, Play! Pokémon
Comments: 1

The only Pokémon Regional Championships scheduled for Canada in 2020 was to be held on March 13th, 2020 to March 15th, 2020 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Organizers announced after the events official start time that the event had been canceled and many participants had already entered the venue. This already compounds a very bad season for competitive play for Pokémon. A memo sent throughout the Ontario provincial health system by Dr. David Williams, the provinces chief medical officer, recommended that Ontarians not travel outside of Canada and gatherings larger than 250 people be canceled.

The official Pokémon website updated later on Friday, March 13th, 2020 with the cancellation of 3 other regional events as well. The Regional Championships event for Perth Australia on March 14th and 15th, 2020 appears to be going ahead as scheduled. Our list of COVID-19 canceled Pokémon Events has been updated with this announcement.

For the Health and Safety of the Play! Pokémon Community, Some Events Have Been Canceled

Please read this article for more information regarding specific upcoming 2020 events.

The safety and well-being of our community, both competitors and organizers, is our top priority. Organizers of League, Regional, and Special Events are independent of Pokémon and act in the best interest of their event and community, including always being mindful of the safety of all attendees. Out of an abundance of caution, and after discussions with event organizers regarding recommendations and guidance set forth by local and national health authorities, the following events are canceled:

  • Mississauga/Toronto Regional Championships, scheduled for March 13-15
  • Charlotte Regional Championships, scheduled for March 20-22
  • Regional de Pokémon de Joinville em Santa Catarina 2020, scheduled for March 28-29
  • Salt Lake City Pokémon Regional Championships, scheduled for April 4-5

Please visit the event websites for updates and Pokemon.com/PlayPokemon for more information on Play! Pokémon events. We are evaluating all independent and Pokémon-organized events on a case-by-case basis based on the most up-to-date information and recommendations provided by appropriate government organizations. We appreciate your continued support and understanding during this challenging time.

Should I be concerned about COVID-19 at Play! Pokémon events?

The safety and well-being of our community, both competitors and organizers, is our top priority.

We strongly advise all attendees, volunteers, and organizers to consider the guidelines issued by the WHO with regards to health and wellness while attending mass gatherings when determining whether to attend an event. At the event, all attendees should follow the protocols set forth by local health authorities and the WHO.

Please check for updates regarding Play! Pokémon events on our website and @PlayPokemon. If you have additional questions, please contact Pokémon Customer Service.

What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at your events?

Out of an abundance of caution, we are altering several aspects of player interaction at Pokémon organized events, such as removing the requirement to shake hands before and after matches. We are making hand-sanitizers available to attendees while also taking additional measures to sanitize surfaces as much as possible. We strongly advise all attendees, volunteers, and organizers follow the protocols issued by the WHO with regards to health and wellness while attending mass gatherings.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/for-the-health-and-safety-of-the-play-pokemon-community-some-events-have-been-canceled/

Toronto Regional Championships 2020 Canceled


Statement from Poké-Regionals, Events by Yeti Gaming

To all Players, Spectators, Staff and supporters of the Play! Pokémon Regional event scheduled to take place this weekend in Mississauga.

The safety and health of our players is of paramount concern to Yeti Gaming, The Pokémon Company International, and all involved with these events.

We have been actively working with The Pokemon Company International, the International Centre, and monitoring the announcements and recommendations from the Canadian government and health organizations.

Based on today’s announcement by the Canadian government regarding events with over 250 attendees, the Play! Pokémon Regional event taking place this weekend is being cancelled.

This is unfortunate, but a necessary step to ensure the health and safety of our players, staff and their families.

All refunds will be handled automatically next week.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/pokeregionals/posts/2647145672182335

Play Pokémon Official Announcement

An important update in regards to this weekend’s Mississauga Regional Championships.


Source: https://twitter.com/playpokemon/status/1238543356952604672

Article edited on 2020-03-14 12:18:54 by Sunain
Feb 10

Pokémon Masters Fan Art Festival

Posted by Sunain | February 10th 2020 at 04:32 PM EST
Tags: Twitter, Pokémon Masters, DeNA
Comments: 0
DeNA has announced they are holding a Pokémon Masters Fan Art Festival from February 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. PST until February 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Users can submit original works of fan art for a chance to win prizes such as in-game currency gems.


Pokémon Masters Fan Art Festival

It’s been nearly half a year since Pokémon Masters launched, and we couldn’t be prouder of the amazing community that’s gathered to support this game. From the beginning, we’ve loved seeing the incredible fan art creations the Pokémon Masters community has produced, and we can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us. To celebrate all of you and your unique art, we’re hosting a Fan Art Festival Contest (“Contest”) where users can submit original works of fan art for a chance to win prizes. In addition, we’ll showcase our favorite submissions on the official Pokémon Masters social media channels.

Contest Period
From February 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. PST until February 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST, submit your creation by filling out our official entry form (linked below), and you’ll be entered to win up to 15,100 gems.

Summary of Submission Guidelines and Rules
You must submit an original artwork inspired by characters appearing in Pokémon Masters. Listed below is a summary of what we’re looking for. For a full list of the guidelines and rules regarding submissions and the Contest, please see the Official Rules of the Contest.

● Must be your own, original work.
● Must include sync pairs that are currently available in (or that have been officially announced will be added to) Pokémon Masters.
● Must include some form of “in-progress” proof to verify you are the original creator. Examples include line work (before color is applied) or some form of original, dated transcript (if your piece is a video, song, comic, or similar).
● Must not be publicly available prior to the end of the campaign.

Generally, there are no strict rules regarding what is considered art. You can capture your favorite sync pair in a beautifully crafted piece of digital majesty...or recreate their visage in latte foam!

Winners will receive the following:

First place (×1): 15,100 gems / winner
Runner-up (×2): 10,000 gems / winner
Honorable mention (×5): 3,000 gems / winner

We’ll also be sharing various entries on the official Pokémon Masters social media channels throughout the campaign. The first-place winner and runners-up will have their creations featured on the official Pokémon Masters Facebook and Twitter cover photos during the month of March.

Source: https://twitter.com/PokemonMasters/status/1226928824186699776

Article edited on 2020-02-10 04:33:04 by Sunain
Feb 09

Pokémon TCG Promo Cards: Obstagoon and Snorlax V

Posted by Sunain | February 9th 2020 at 08:48 AM EST
Tags: TCG, Twitter
Comments: 0
The official Pokémon UK website has announced that a Galarian Obstagoon promo card will be distributed at WHSmith high street stores starting on February 7th, 2020 to those that spend £10 on Pokémon TCG cards. An oversize Snorlax V card will also be distributed at GAME stores starting on February 7th, 2020 to those that purchase any Pokémon TCG cards.


Get Galarian Obstagoon and Snorlax V Pokémon TCG Promo Cards

Visit participating retailers to check out the new Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield expansion and get some cool promo cards.

Sword & Shield, the latest Pokémon TCG expansion, has arrived! This new set of cards includes Pokémon who were originally discovered in the Galar region, and it introduces powerful new Pokémon V and even more powerful Pokémon VMAX. To celebrate this new expansion, two cool promo cards are being offered as a gift with purchase at select retailers. One card features Galarian Obstagoon, while the other is an oversize promo card featuring Snorlax V. Both cards are emblazoned with the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield logo to really help them stand out. Here's how you can add these awesome cards to your collection:

  • Galarian Obstagoon: Starting February 7, 2020, visit WHSmith high street stores and spend £10 on Pokémon TCG cards.
  • Oversize Snorlax V: Starting February 7, 2020, visit GAME and purchase any Pokémon TCG cards.

Please remember that these offers are only available while supplies last, so don't wait to get these incredible cards.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/uk/pokemon-news/get-galarian-obstagoon-and-snorlax-v-pokemon-tcg-promo-cards/


Snorlax V Oversize Promo Card GAME Exclusive

Get 1 free promotional Snorlax V Oversize Promo Card GAME Exclusive while stocks last when you buy any Pokémon Trading Card Game lines in the same transaction, Pre-order purchases will not be eligible to receive this item. Offer available from the 7 February 2020. Online and Instore. GAME reserves the right to amend or cancel this offer at any time without prior notice. Subject to availability – stock levels and availability for eligible products will vary over time and from store to store and so may not always be available. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. GAME reserves the right to refuse anyone believed to be representing a trade buyer. Your legal rights are not affected.

Source: https://www.game.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/HubArticleView?hubId=543805&articleId=543806&catalogId=10201&langId=44&storeId=10151#Snorlax

GAME Oversized Card Giveaway - Signed by Yuji Kitano & Atsushi Nagashima from Creatures

To celebrate the launch of Pokemon Sword & Shield TCG, we're giving away 10 Posters signed by Yuji Kitano & Atsushi Nagashima from Creatures!

Simply post a picture of your Pokemon Card collection with the hashtag #MyPokemonTCG for a chance to win!

Source: https://twitter.com/GAMEdigital/status/1225771066678816771

Article edited on 2020-02-09 08:56:58 by Sunain
Dec 19

Pocket Monsters Sword and Shield - Ball Guy - Code Distribution

Posted by Sunain | December 19th 2019 at 10:17 AM EST
Tags: Event, Twitter, Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield
Comments: 0
An official Japanese Pocket Monsters Twitter account has completed a Ball Guy (ボールガイ) code distribution. The codes can be redeemed from December 19th, 2019 until January 15th, 2020 by entering the code in the Mystery Gift option in Sword or Shield.


Image Code Items Notes
symbol K0UN1NMASC0T Fast Ball, Moon Ball, Level Ball 公認マスコット translates to "official mascot".
symbol 1YAHAYA Heavy Ball, Lure Ball, Beast Ball いやはや in the context of these games means "blimey".
symbol 0KUGAFUKA1B0RU Love Ball, Friend Ball, Dream Ball 奥が深いボル translates to "they're more than meets the eye, b'all"

Source: https://twitter.com/poke_times

Article edited on 2019-12-19 10:19:06 by Sunain
Oct 30

New Anime Pocket Monsters Theatrical Showing Twitter Campaign

Posted by Sunain | October 30th 2019 at 07:34 AM EDT
Tags: Anime, Press Release, Twitter
Comments: 0
The official Pocket Monsters PR anime website has updated. Translations follow:


On Friday, November 15th, 2019, from 19:00 to 20:00, a special showing of the first episode of the new Pocket Monsters series will be shown at a movie theater in the 23 wards of Tokyo. 100 pairs of people, for a total of 200 people, will be invited by lottery to this showing.

The campaign application period is from October 30th, 2019 to November 6th, 2019 at 23:59.

How to Participate:

① A Twitter account is required to participate.
② Follow the (@anipoke_PR) account. Retweet the "New Anime Pocket Monsters Official @ 11/17 (Sunday) broadcast start!" campaign tweet by November 6th, 2019 at 23:59
③ Make sure to set your tweets to “Public” before participating.

Campaign Lottery / Winners Announcement:

A lottery will be held to determine the winners and they will be contacted by Monday, November 11th, 2019 via Twitter direct message. Please make sure that you can receive direct messages.

・ Please note that we cannot respond to inquiries regarding application status or winning results.
・ The winning lottery cannot be transferred to another person and cash exchange is prohibited.
・ If we cannot contact a winner, their winning lottery will be void.
・ Please send inquiries about this campaign to [email protected]
・ Applications are limited to those residing in Japan.
・ Applications from multiple accounts are prohibited. It's okay to retweet a target tweet multiple times, but the same account holder won't win twice.
・ Resale and transfer of winning lottery spots is strictly prohibited.
・ If you are under 18 years of age, please come with your guardian.
・ You may temporarily not be able to apply due to server congestion.
・ Participants will be responsible for internet connection fees and communication costs for participation in this campaign.
・ The site may not work depending on the model or OS used.

Source: https://anipoke-pr.jp/campaign/20191115kiyaku.pdf

Article edited on 2019-10-30 11:11:43 by Sunain

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