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Pokémon Trainers are about to be hit with a wave of upsetting although expected news. All Play! Pokémon events have officially been suspended by the Pokémon Company until further notice. Ever since the beginning of the current global health pandemic, companies have remained consistent in cancelling large gatherings out of safety concerns. In an official statement to their audience, the Pokémon Company wrote the following message below.


“Since the initial announcement in March that all Play! Pokémon Program events would be cancelled, we’ve been closely monitoring the global health pandemic. In keeping with a commitment to ensure the safety of fans, players, and organizers, the Organized Play team is continuing to assess the situation. As of September 2020, we have determined that the Play! Pokémon Program will remain suspended through the remainder of 2020.

Please check back in November 2020 for more details and announcements regarding our Play! Pokémon program in early 2021.

In the meantime, Pokémon Trading Card Game players can continue to participate in League at Home events. We will also be providing additional details about a new Pokémon TCG Online series named Play! Pokémon Team Challenge launching later this year.

Until we can all play together in person again, stay safe and enjoy playing and battling online.”


Previously, we reported that Pokémon Center stores and Pokémon Café establishments had to be temporarily closed down due to concerns revolving around potential virus outbreaks in specific locations. Since then, the locations have readjusted location wide policies and have cracked down on safety concerns. Until we receive an update from the Pokémon Company as to where their Play! Pokémon program will head next in November, we’ll keep you all updated on any breaking information that comes our way.


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Written by Marc Kaliroff

Ever since owning a cobalt blue Game Boy Advance, Nintendo is his preferred way of gaming. Marc is a journalist, creative writer, and video producer. While his focus may be on providing news, he spends his days preparing reviews for games of the present and past.