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Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket Will Not Include NFTs

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

The Pokémon Company has debunked speculations about incorporating non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into its upcoming Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket. This refreshed digital version of the Pokémon Trading Card Game is set to launch on iOS and Android devices in 2024, a joint effort by The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Trading Card Game's creative team Creatures Inc., and developers of Pokémon Masters EX, DeNA. Although it remains uncertain if access to the game will be free, the option to unlock two digital card packs daily at no cost hints at in-app purchases sustaining the game.

Creatures Inc.'s CEO, Yuji Kitano, mentioned that the game would offer "immersive cards, allowing players to plunge into the card illustration’s universe," alongside "efficient game rules" tailored for rapid battles. Given that exclusive Pokémon cards often fetch hefty sums in real life, some enthusiasts pondered the potential for trading the game’s digital collectibles as NFTs.

However, in an official declaration to Polygon, The Pokémon Company distinctly dissociated themselves from encryption-based assets. "The Pokémon Company International has neither devised nor endorsed any Pokémon-branded or related intellectual property NFTs," the company stated. "Fans ought to know that any Pokémon NFTs available in the market are unendorsed and bear no affiliation whatsoever with The Pokémon Company International or the Pokémon brand."

In the previous year, The Pokémon Company had shown interest in procuring a professional adept in blockchain, NFT, and metaverse, along with other skills. This move signaled the company’s interest in exploring this technology, although it stopped short of confirming plans to roll out Pokémon NFTs series or a new Pokémon game featuring blockchain technology.


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