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Pokemon Unite is breaking records for all the wrong reasons

Published: 24/Jun/2020 21:39

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Unite has been announced but trainers are seemingly less than happy with it. The trailer is already getting record breaking dislikes on YouTube.

It has been several hours since the premier of Pokemon Unite was revealed and it, astonishingly, already has more than 129,000 dislikes. To put that number in perspective, that is nearly 10% of all views on the video.

Meanwhile, the Pokemon Unite trailer has 424,000 with 45,000 dislikes – again a massive 10% dislike ratio to views. This particular video has three times more dislikes than likes, too.

There were some trainers who claimed that The Pokemon Company even reuploaded the trailer due to the dislikes. However, in fairness, it does appear that this reupload was simply the UK version of the trailer. It isn’t clear why but having a separate identical video for the UK is something The Pokemon Company regularly do.

National Pokedex fall-out all over again

The Pokemon Company are no strangers to negative press. They may have arguably the most successful media franchise of all time but even the masters get it wrong from time to time.

The last big fall-out came from the Nintendo Treehouse video from E3 2019. During the 31 minute video, where Pokemon Sword and Shield was showcased, it was revealed that the new Gen 8 games wouldn’t have a National Pokedex.

It’s an understatement to say this news didn’t go down well. The video received 89,000 dislikes over more than 1.8 million views. It was one of the biggest talking points in the lead up to the Pokemon Sword and Shield release and even resulted in some fans boycotting the Nintendo Switch release.

In spite of this, Sword and Shield went on to be a commercial hit. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Pokemon Unite went on to do the same – it probably will – but the Western audience hasn’t taken to it so far.

With Tencent, the developers of Pokemon Unite, being a Chinese company though, it looks the new MOBA game will be aimed at getting Pokemon ‘over’ in China. After all, MOBA games are incredibly successful over there.

A release date for Pokemon Unite has yet to be announced and will be playable on both the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

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Trainwrecks’ generosity backfires after Ludwig scores $10k Pokemon card

Published: 24/Nov/2020 1:42

by Brent Koepp

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Smash Melee star Ludwig Ahgren sent a Pokemon card Twitch stream into a meltdown when he pulled a 1st Edition Dragonite worth up to $10k. The gaming pro scored the rare collectible after streamer Trainwreckstv gave him the pack.

Pokemon cards have taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch as viewers flock to see their favorite personalities chase after the rarest Nintendo collectibles.

A live Trading Card Game box opening hosted by streamer Mizkif and his org One True King went off the rails on November 22 when Smash pro Ludwig scored a rare Dragonite that could have been Trainwrecks’.

Twitch streamers react to Dragonite card during Pokemon broadcast.
Twitch: Mizkif
A rare Dragonite was pulled during the One True King Pokemon card stream.

Ludwig scores rare Pokemon card from 1999

The Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded for nothing on school playgrounds decades ago can now sell for as much as a house. The hobby has also become a major hit on sites like Twitch, with streamers buying sealed booster boxes from the 90s to open live for viewers.

On November 22, Twitch star Mizkif broke open 1st Edition sealed packs from the 1999 Fossil set. Those attending the event lost their minds when pro gamer Ludwig scored a 1st Edition Dragonite after streamer Trainwreckstv gave his pack to him.

The moment went viral due to the Twitch personality’s generosity backfiring. “Dude I swear to God if I said no to this pack to be fair and nice and its a good pack I want it back. Ludgwig, if this is good it’s my pack. If it’s bad, it’s your pack,” he exclaimed moments before the card was pulled. Unfortunately, the booster he passed on contained the exact rare holographic he was chasing after.

After the excitement settled, the group felt bad for Train’s incredibly bad luck. Although the popular Twitch star wasn’t too bitter about it, laughing it off on Twitter. If nothing else, he should be applauded for his generosity.

According to recent sales of the item, a 1st Edition Dragonite can sell anywhere from $8k to 9.7k depending on the grading. Luckily for Ludwig, the item looked incredibly pristine, giving him a good chance at a PSA 10 grading.