March 24, 2011 – Online
May 15, 2012 – Downloadable
|Delisting||June 05, 2023|
|Developer||Dire Wolf Digital|
|Publisher||The Pokémon Company|
|Links||Pokémon TGC Online homepage [Archive]|
The Pokémon Company announced on May 3rd, 2023 that the existing Pokémon Trading Card Game Online for iOS, Android, PC and Mac will be shutting down on June 5th, just a few days before the launch of Pokémon Trading Card Game Live. A lengthy FAQ outlines what happens to current players’ cards and in-game items. Thankfully, there’s already a path for existing players to migrate their accounts over to the upcoming Live game and so far there’s no deadline to make the move. “At this time, players will continue to be able to migrate their account even after the Pokémon TCG Online sunsets,” the FAQ explains. The company’s full announcement follows:
At the end of January, we announced that digital Pokémon TCG products launched after March 1 would no longer be supported in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online to help ensure that development resources are dedicated to making Pokémon TCG Live the best experience possible for players. On June 5, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. PDT, the Pokémon TCG Online will be removed from the App Store, Google Play, and Pokemon.com and game servers will be shut down.
The Development Team is grateful for all the community’s support of this game. Witnessing your contributions throughout the years shows how strong and invested the digital Pokémon TCG community is. This passion has flourished with new and old players alike, and we cannot wait to see this community continue to grow with Pokémon TCG Live.
We’re excited to announce that on June 8, 2023, the Pokémon TCG Live game will officially launch. To celebrate our community and the end of global beta, any player who logs in to Pokémon TCG Live between May 2, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. PDT through June 6, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. PDT will receive a special gift that includes a unique global beta coin, deck box, and card sleeves.
With these dates announced, it’s important to note that players can still migrate their accounts even after the servers have been shut down. There’s currently no assigned cutoff date for migrating your account and collection. Should that change, we will update the community in advance of any final migration cutoff. In the meantime, we invite you to take an opportunity to read here about what to expect before and after migrating your account to Pokémon TCG Live.
As we look to the future, we can’t wait to share with everyone how Pokémon TCG Live will evolve and improve with your help. We are committed to working alongside this amazing community to create the premier digital Pokémon TCG experience that all types of players can enjoy. Thank you for your contributions and support during the global beta.
—The Pokémon Trading Card Game Live Development TeamPokémon TCG Announcement – May 03, 2023
The FAQ provides an answer as to why the Pokémon TCG Online was retired, stating that it was in order to provide “an opportunity to update the game and underlying technology” and “to engage more fans by offering an easily accessible online game on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and macOS devices”. In an answer to the question below, The Pokémon Company also stated that they moved development of the game in-house “to help ensure a seamless and holistic Pokémon TCG ecosystem for fans.”
About the Game
Free to Play!
Free to download, free to play, online version of the Pokémon Trading Card Game
Guest Mode allows you to get a taste of the excitement in store
Log in to the game with your free Pokémon Trainer Club account from Pokemon.com to maintain your online card collection and progress across multiple platforms
Easy to start playing right away!
Playable cross-platform on PC, Mac, iPad, and Android tablets
A wide selection of game modes and options to let you play how you want
Brush up on your skills while battling against computer-controlled opponents in the Trainer Challenge
Test your skills against your friends or challenge random players from around the world in Versus Mode
Event Mode allows you to compete against players from around the world for a chance to earn cool rewards
Use your favorite Pokémon TCG theme deck, or build a custom deck using Standard, Expanded, or Legacy deck construction formats
Complete Daily Challenges to earn booster packs, Trainer Tokens, and more
Redeem Trainer Tokens in the Shop for booster packs, theme decks, and cool gameplay accessories
Unlock free booster packs by defeating computer-controlled opponents in the Trainer Challenge
Redeem code cards found in specially marked Pokémon TCG products to unlock online booster packs, theme decks, or promo cards
Use the in-game Trade system to expand your online collection
Search public trade offers for cards that will add the finishing touches to your favorite deck
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