March 27, 2024
Developers of Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket Clarify: No NFTs Involved

Developers of Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket Clarify: No NFTs Involved

The Pokémon Company has unveiled its latest venture into the digital realm with the announcement of Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket, a virtual card collecting game developed in collaboration with Creatures Inc. and DeNA, the creators of Pokémon Masters EX. However, following the reveal, online fans raised concerns about the potential inclusion of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the game.

Speculations arose due to the game’s heavy emphasis on digital card collecting, prompting worries among fans that these digital collectables could be sold as NFTs. Some even labelled the new game as an “NFT scam,” expressing apprehension over the possibility of Pokémon NFTs in 2024.

Addressing these concerns, a representative of The Pokémon Company clarified the company’s stance, stating, “The Pokémon Company International has not developed or approved of Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) related to the Pokémon brand and associated intellectual property.” Furthermore, any NFTs featuring Pokémon intellectual property in the marketplace were deemed “unofficial and in no way affiliated with The Pokémon Company International or the Pokémon brand.”

The notion of incorporating NFTs into a Pokémon game raised eyebrows among fans and industry observers alike. While some game companies have explored the integration of NFTs into their titles, the broader reception has been lukewarm at best. The rejection of NFTs by fans of video games, coupled with the volatile nature of the crypto market, casts doubt on the suitability of NFTs for a family-friendly brand like Pokémon.

Moreover, the logistical challenges posed by blockchain technology, which underpins NFTs, present hurdles to development and implementation, further questioning the compatibility of NFTs with the Pokémon brand.

Critics argue that NFTs are unnecessary in the context of video games, particularly in light of alternative monetization strategies. Despite the lack of details regarding the monetization model for Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket, it has been confirmed that the game will be free-to-play, with players able to open “two booster packs every day at no cost.”

As the Pokémon franchise continues to evolve in the digital space, the absence of NFTs in Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket alleviates concerns raised by fans, ensuring that the game remains focused on its core objective of delivering an immersive and engaging card collecting experience without the complexities associated with blockchain-based assets.


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