Organized Play to Be Discontinued August 2003 Wizards of the Coast
June 16, 2003
We have some important news that we need to share with all of you.
As previously announced, Wizards of the Coast was not given the
licensing rights for the Ruby & Sapphire releases and other future
expansions for Pokémon. We have also previously announced that
Wizards of the Coast will still fully support Pokémon throughout
the rest of our existing agreements. We wanted to let you know the
specific end dates of our programs so that Players and Retailers
alike can make their own future plans while fully informed.
Wizards of the Coast Organized Play Programs for Pokémon (in North
America) will finish by the end of August 2003. Specific end dates
for each program will follow.
The final Pokémon premiere events held in North
America will take at the 2003 San Diego Comicon (Fan
Appreciation Tournament), Origins (Pokémon Professor
Championship), and Gen Con (Team Multiplay Championship, Final
Fan Appreciation Event) conventions. Details for these events
are posted on our web site.
Pokémon BattleZone’s North American final season will
be the July 2003 season (Europe will run BattleZone until the
end of September). This season will include additional prizes
and promo cards as a thank you for the players and retailers who
supported the Pokémon League over these last 3 ˝ years.
The Pokémon Professor Program will end on August
31st. The online test will be taken down on July 1st. This means
that if you want to join the Pokémon Professor program, you must
join it before July 1st, 2003. (note: The Professor Championship
takes place on June 28,2003)
DCI Sanctioning of Pokémon Events will end on August
31st as well. Any events scheduled after that date will not be
DCI sanctioned, though we encourage you to still run events to
support Pokémon as you see fit. The DCI Ratings and Ranking
System for Pokémon will have their final update and remain
online for viewing until September 30th, at which point they
will be taken down.
The Pokémon Chat will have its final episode on July
10th due to the busy convention season and the PokéGym
Message boards will be closed on August 8th.
It is important to note that while we will not be
manufacturing and distributing the Pokémon trading card
game after the above releases, the large worldwide player base
that has evolved can carry on the fun and enjoyment of playing,
trading, collecting. I would encourage all of you to contact the
Pokémon Company for details regarding its plans for tournaments
and organize play events. While Wizards of the Coast won’t be
working on the Pokémon trading card game, we have a long
list of other lifestyle games that will appeal to many of you
like Magic: The Gathering, Star Wars, and MLB
Showdown trading card games.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has
purchased our products, participated in the many events that we
have hosted such as the Super Trainer Showdowns, mall tours,
Pokémon Leagues, and last year’s World Championship in