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It's time for my annual World VGC rant

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Dec 07 2012 · 207 views

Pokemon
I have just heard from a highly-respected Pokémon forum that once again, Australia has been banned from participating from next year's Video Game World Championships. Once again, Australia has failed to prove themselves worthy of matching skills with the rest of the world.
 
Are we not good enough? Is our Government that pathetic? Are we as a people too criminal? What exactly did Australian Pokémon fans, as a group, ALL do wrong to deserve being banned?
 
Of course, we CAN participate if we buy an expensive plane ticket to a country that hadn't been banned, and participate with them, so if you're devoted enough, and not studying or on benefits, you could attend worlds and protest against the unfair go Australians are getting.

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Well that sucks.  It's very strange why they ban your country from it.  Australia takes up an entire continent For Mata Nui's sake!

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Maybe the people who run the VGC hate Australia?

Anyways, that does suck.
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Makuta_of_Oz
Dec 08 2012 12:24 AM

Apparently it's too expensive to run events here, and for some reason they don't want to allow any locals, like Nintendo Australia, to run them on their behalf.

 

I'd describe what I think money is, but that would be very bad on a forum like this. All I'll say is that it's an unhealthy addiction.

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I couldn't find anything regarding why Australia can't participate, but I did observe the oddity that despite Australia getting the PAL localizations of games (from what I can tell, at least), the franchise as a whole in Australia is not managed by TPCI. Does that mean that in Australia the franchise is overseen by the main branch of The Pokemon Company in Japan? It's confusing.

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Makuta_of_Oz
Dec 08 2012 06:01 PM

I couldn't find anything regarding why Australia can't participate, but I did observe the oddity that despite Australia getting the PAL localizations of games (from what I can tell, at least), the franchise as a whole in Australia is not managed by TPCI. Does that mean that in Australia the franchise is overseen by the main branch of The Pokemon Company in Japan? It's confusing.

In Australia, the franchise is overseen by Nintendo Australia. The Pokémon Company International does not have a branch here.

 

The reason they won't include Australia in the World Championship series, which has only been said to me in private via their Support Centre, is because it's too expensive for them to hold Video Game tournaments here, and since we live so far from the rest of the world, they can't fund plant tickets to Worlds either. Nintendo Australia might be able to do it, but for some reason they couldn't convince TPCi to let them.

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