2020–21 Play! Pokémon circuit suspension

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The 2020–21 Play! Pokémon circuit suspension is an ongoing suspension of the 2020 and 2021 Play! Pokémon circuits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2]

Background[edit]

On March 6, 2020, Play! Pokémon cancelled the 2020 Europe International Championships out of an abundance of caution for the COVID-19 epidemic (previously categorized as such) and by following the guidelines and recommendations of public health officials.[3] This was the first major event that was cancelled during the 2020 Play! Pokémon circuit.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic.[4][5] Play! Pokémon then cancelled multiple Regional Championship events in an announcement on March 13, 2020.[6]

On March 31, 2020, Play! Pokémon announced the suspension of the Play! Pokémon circuit and the cancellation of multiple sanctioned events including the 2020 Pokémon World Championships. The next World Championship would still be held in London, United Kingdom but would instead be postponed to 2021. All invitations earned during the 2020 season would be honored.[1]

The viability of holding live sanctioned events was closely monitored by the Play! Pokémon team at the start of the 2021 season.[7] However on February 9, 2021, it was decided that it was unfeasible to hold a World Championship event in 2021 and Play! Pokémon announced that the next World Championship would instead be postponed to 2022.[2]

Events affected[edit]

The following is a list of events that were planned for the season but were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic (sorted by planned start date):[8][9]

Regional Championships[edit]

  • 2020-03-15: Canada 2020 Pokémon Toronto Regional Championships
  • 2020-03-20: United States 2020 Pokémon Charlotte Regional Championships
  • 2020-03-28: Brazil 2020 Pokémon Joinville Regional Championships
  • 2020-04-04: United States 2020 Pokémon Salt Lake City Regional Championships
  • 2020-05-02: United Kingdom 2020 Pokémon Liverpool Regional Championships
  • 2020-05-08: United States 2020 Pokémon Albany Regional Championships
  • 2020-05-16: Australia 2020 Pokémon Sydney Regional Championships
  • 2020-05-22: United States 2020 Pokémon Fort Wayne Regional Championships
  • 2020-05-23: United States 2020 Pokémon Santa Clara Regional Championships
  • 2020-05-30: Brazil 2020 Pokémon Fortaleza Regional Championships
  • 2020-06-05: United States 2020 Pokémon Milwaukee Regional Championships

Special Events[edit]

  • 2020-03-21: Ecuador 2020 Pokémon Guayaquil Special Event 2
  • 2020-03-22: Spain 2020 Pokémon El Salvador Special Event 2
  • 2020-04-04: Peru 2020 Pokémon Lima Special Event 2
  • 2020-04-11: Bolivia 2020 Pokémon La Paz Special Event
  • 2020-04-25: Argentina 2020 Pokémon Argentina Special Event
  • 2020-05-09: Argentina 2020 Pokémon Buenos Aires Special Event
  • 2020-05-16: Spain 2020 Pokémon Bilbao Special Event
  • 2020-05-30: Ecuador 2020 Pokémon Guayaquil Special Event 3
  • 2020-06-13: Colombia 2020 Pokémon Bogota Special Event
  • 2020-06-06: Italy 2020 Pokémon Assago Special Event
  • 2020-06-19: United States 2020 Pokémon Origins Special Event

International and World Championships[edit]

  • 2020-04-17: Europe 2020 Pokémon Europe International Championships
  • 2020-06-26: North America 2020 Pokémon North America International Championships
  • 2020-08-14: World 2020 Pokémon World Championships
  • 2021-08-20: World 2021 Pokémon World Championships

Impact[edit]

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple events had transitioned online which included the Professor Cup[10] and the Pokémon TCG Leagues.[11] A online tournament series, the Players Cup, was created for Masters Division TCG, VGC and Pokkén Tournament players.[12] Many grassroots tournaments organized by players were also held online.

Return[edit]

On March 2, 2021, Play! Pokémon announced that beginning March 6, 2021, in-store TCG events will resume in Australia and New Zealand only.[13] These lifts in restrictions will allow Australian and New Zealand TCG players to play at offline events for League Cups, League Challenges and Prerelease tournaments. All other regions will still be restricted from any in-person events.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Play! Pokémon (2020-03-31). "2020 Pokémon Championship Series Canceled". pokemon.com.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Play! Pokémon (2021-02-09). "Next Pokémon TCG, Video Game, and Pokkén Tournament DX World Championships Moved to 2022 in London". pokemon.com.
  3. Play! Pokémon (2020-03-06). "Update for the 2020 Pokémon Europe International Championships". pokemon.com.
  4. "Coronavirus confirmed as pandemic by World Health Organization". BBC News. 2020-03-11. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  5. Jamie Ducharme (2020-03-11). "World Health Organization Declares COVID-19 a 'Pandemic.' Here's What That Means". TIME. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  6. Play! Pokémon (2020-03-13). "For the Health and Safety of the Play! Pokémon Community, Some Events Have Been Canceled". pokemon.com.
  7. Play! Pokémon (2020-11-12). "Play! Pokémon Live Competitions November 2020 Update". pokemon.com.
  8. "Pokémon Regional Championships". Wayback Machine. 2020-02-20. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  9. "Pokémon Championship Series Special Events". Wayback Machine. 2020-02-20. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  10. Play! Pokémon (2020-04-14). "Pokémon Professor Online Seminars and Professor Cup". pokemon.com.
  11. Play! Pokémon (2020-06-11). "Stay Connected with Pokémon League at Home Events". pokemon.com.
  12. Play! Pokémon (2020-05-14). "Play! Pokémon Players Cup Online Tournament: Pokémon TCG, Pokkén Tournament DX, and Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield". pokemon.com.
  13. Play! Pokémon (2021-03-02). "Pokémon TCG Play! Pokémon Events Return in Australia and New Zealand". pokemon.com.