Young Champs Faced More Than 100 Competitors From 13 Countries
RENTON, Wash., Aug 5, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Young master trainers came to
Seattle from Croatia and the Czech Republic; Germany and Greece; Israel and
Italy, the UK and the U.S. -- and beyond.
With their own strategically designed Pokemon(R) trading card game (TCG) decks
in hand, visions of Pikachu and Bulbasaur dancing in their heads, and the dream
of winning a World Title in their hearts, they came. And, after two days of
heated head-to-head, card-to-card competition with more than 100 Pokemon-playing
prodigies from 13 different countries, two emerged victorious to win the
first-ever Pokemon World Champion titles: Dylan Austin, 14 of Ann Arbor,
Michigan in the 11 to 14 division; and Mindy Lambkee, 10 of Kent, Washington in
the 10 and under age bracket.
"I like playing Pokemon because it's a strategy game," said Dylan Austin, the
newly crowned 11-14 age group World Champ. When asked about his winning
strategy, Austin explained: "I got my Slowkings out first to stop his Trainers,
that was the key."
"The Pokemon World Championship is really great because people from all over the
world come together to play and have fun," said Mindy Lambkee as she received
the Pokemon World Championship trophy for the 10 and under age group. According
to Lambkee, a strategically designed Slowking Donphan Deck and a special Pokemon
good luck charm necklace borrowed from a friend were her secret weapons.
Austin and Lambkee were among the field of more than 100 competitors invited by
Wizards of the Coast -- the Renton, Washington-based producers of the Pokemon
trading card game -- to participate in the Pokemon World Championship held in
Seattle August 3-4. The inaugural event brought together champions from national
and regional tournaments that attract nearly 100,000 players each year in 40
countries throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. More than 30
million kids worldwide have played the trading card game since it debuted in the
U.S. in January 1999.
"With Pokemon TCG tournament play continuing to grow in popularity worldwide,
the time was right to launch the Pokemon World Championship event," said Chris
Galvin, director of organized play for Wizards of the Coast. "We are thrilled to
have crowned our first World Champions and are pleased that we can give kids
from all over the world the opportunity to come together for fun competition and
the chance to communicate through the universal language of Pokemon."
The "universal language" of the Pokemon trading card game involves training,
battling, trading and collecting various game cards in an effort to become the
world's greatest Pokemon trainer -- and Austin and Lambkee proved that they are
the current reigning Pokemon master trainers extraordinaire. In addition to
winning the championship's coveted trophy, both winners also received loads of
Pokemon gear and products, a trip for two to Hawaii to participate in the
Pokemon Tropical Mega Battle and, of course, undeniable bragging rights.
Nearing its fifth year, the Pokemon phenomenon continues to fuel kids'
imaginations and enjoyment throughout the world. In addition to the trading card
game, the Pokemon franchise includes Nintendo's Game Boy(R) and N64(R) video
cartridge games, the number-one-rated animated children's television program on
the WB network, a Pokemon center retail store in New York City's Rockefeller
Center, comic books and a vast assortment of toys.
Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is the
worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop role-playing
game categories. A leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment
products, the company holds an exclusive patent on the method of playing trading
card games (TCGs) and produces the world's best-selling Pokemon(R) and Magic:
The Gathering(R) TCGs. Publisher of adventure games, family card and board games
and electronic media products. Wizards of the Coast is also one of the world's
premier book publishers of fantasy series fiction whose novels have made
numerous appearances on The New York Times best-seller list and have sold
millions of copies worldwide. For more information, visit the Wizards of the
Coast(R) website at wizards.com.
Pokemon(R) is a registered trademark of Nintendo. (c)2002 Nintendo.
Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering and all character names and their
distinctive likenesses are property of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary
of Hasbro Inc. (c)2002 Wizards.
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