A new unscripted series for Pokémon has been revealed to include the popular trading card game that fans have loved for many years.
The announcement was made by the Pokémon Company International regarding a new show that will cast the fans in an unscripted series. The content of the show has yet to be revealed but open casting will allow any fan to apply, with Los Angeles as the target area. The trading card game has continued to be one the greatest that fans still play to this day, with many new boosters and decks still being released after its debut in 1998.
The franchise first started in 1996 with the Pokémon Red and Green games being released. The popularity led to the release of the Trading Card game in Japan in October 1996. However, the card game was only introduced to North America by Wizards of the Coast in 1999, when its popularity grew. The card game focuses on battling with both the evolutions and elemental types of Pokémon seen in the franchise, which has developed further when the video games added new types, such as Dark and Steel. From collectors to players, the TCG picked up a lot of momentum over time and brought the existence of competitions becoming World tournaments.
What’s Next For Pokémon?
The Pokémon Company International, the organization responsible for the management of the brand outside of Asia, announced today the initial development of a new unscripted series involving the Trading Card Game (TCG) and the opening of a casting call for fans of all ages and interests in the best-selling TCG. Casting for the series will be focused on fans located in the Los Angeles, California area, and those interested in applying can visit the casting agency website at https://pokemontcg.castingcrane.com/.
“The Pokémon Trading Card Game has been a cornerstone of the brand since it was introduced more than 25 years ago and at the centre of its success is its fans. From dedicated competitors in the Play! Pokémon program and casual players battling after school with friends and family to collectors or general enthusiasts, we’re looking forward to spotlighting the stories of our diverse TCG fans. Anyone in the Los Angeles area with a TCG story to tell is encouraged to apply.”Barry Sams, vice president of the Trading Card Game at The Pokémon Company International.
Driven by TCG, Pokémon was the top-selling toy property at US retail in 2021 and has been the number-one-selling toy property to date in 2022. The game is currently available in 76 countries and regions and 13 languages, and tens of billions of trading cards have been shipped globally since the game launched 25 years ago3. The most recent expansion, Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield Astral Radiance, launched in May of 2022 and the next, Sword & Shield – Lost Origin, launches on September 9, 2022.
Fans can also enjoy a special Pokémon GO expansion which launched on July 1, 2022 and is based on the massively popular mobile game — as well as an updated version of Battle Academy, which was recognized by The Toy Association as the 2021 “Game of the Year” at the annual Toy of the Year Awards.
It will be fascinating to find out the reason for the casting call for this show, however, the information provided by Barry Sams suggests that this may be for a documentary. Fans are possibly hoping for this to be a TV broadcast competition for the English TCG but there has yet to be any confirmation regarding the contents of the show. It is a shame that only Los Angeles is being targeted for the event as the Pokémon TCG is popular around the world, but more information is likely to follow once the casting process has been completed.
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