WOTC Press Release
April 10, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             

CONTACT:    Tod Steward                                       Nancy Uber

                        Wizards of the Coast                           Glodow Nead Communications


Twenty One-day  and Six Two-day Pokémon Tournament Events to Be Held Across N. America

April 10, 2001 (Renton, Wash.)—The Pokémon™* Trading Card Game (TCG) Tour, featuring both one-day and two-day events, is taking to the road and coming to a city near you beginning April 14 .  The TCG Tour’s first one-day stop will be at The War Room in Norcross, Georgia, while the inaugural  spot for the two-day event will be at the Centre NDA in Montreal, Quebec. All locations will feature all-new decorations using the new Pokémon from the Neo set.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Tour will embark on a journey traveling to malls, local community centers,  and schools giving fans of all ages an enriching gameplay experience and a sample of the Pokémon League.  Pokémon Trainers can participate in any one of the 20 one-day or  six two-day events.  At each event players in the two age divisions (14 and younger and 10 and younger) will be able to compete for an invitation and a paid trip that includes flight and accommodations to the Super Trainer Showdown at the New Jersey Meadowlands Convention Center on June 23-24.   For more information regarding the Pokémon TCG Tour and a complete listing of all one-day and two-day events go to www.wizards.com/pokemon.

Each one-day or two-day Pokémon TCG Tour stop will allow players to compete in two divisions: 14 and younger and 10 and younger and are free of charge to children in the two age categories.  The tour consists of 26 events – each of which includes at least one Super Trainer Showdown qualifier tournament for the two age groups.  Tournament formats will vary by event and some locations will offer open events for players 15  years and up who wish to participate in the Pokémon TCG Tour.  Additionally, contestants at the Pokémon TCG League have an opportunity to earn exclusive game cards  such as the foil stamped Chinese New Year Dark Arbok, previously released only in China,  and a Singing Jigglypuff black-star promotional game card. 

Since the Pokémon trading card game’s debut in January 1999, millions of kids have taken up the game worldwide.  The goal of the trading card game is to collect, trade, train and battle various monsters in an effort to become the world’s greatest Pokémon trainer.  The trading card game is the latest addition to the Pokémon phenomenon that includes Game Boy® cartridge games, the number-one rated children’s television program, comic books and an assortment of toys.

Wizards of the Coast Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories.  A leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products, as well as the owner and operator of one of the nation’s largest specialty game retail chains, the company holds an exclusive patent on the play mechanic of trading card games. and produces the world’s best-selling Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering® TCGs.  Headquartered near Seattle, Washington, Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris, Milan, London and Beijing.  For more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit the company’s website and electronic retail store at <www.wizards.com>.

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