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The Pokemon Company sparks backlash after “deleting” Unite trailer

Published: 10/Jul/2020 19:41 Updated: 11/Jul/2020 3:03

by Brent Koepp


On July 9, The Pokemon Company abruptly deleted the Unite reveal trailer before re-uploading a new version. The move has sparked backlash from some players who speculate it was to hide the overwhelmingly negative dislike ratio. 

In June, Pokemon held a special Presents event where they revealed a team battle title called Unite. The MOBA-inspired game is free to start, and will launch on Switch and mobile devices. However, the announcement left many players disappointed as the community expected a remake of a mainline release.


The debut trailer on YouTube faced harsh criticism and became wildly disliked within hours. On July 9, the video was taken down before being quickly re-uploaded. Despite the company’s claim it was due to an “editing error,” the move has kicked off a new wave of backlash from some fans.

Pokemon Unite trailer reuploaded

Hours after Unite was revealed in June, the trailer was bombarded with dislikes from fans upset with the announcement. The reaction was so bad, the video received over 161k dislikes in less than 24 hours. On July 9, the reveal video was deleted before being reuploaded.

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Pokemon fans flooded Unite’s YouTube trailer with dislikes.

Players noticed the second version of the video, such as Redditor ‘soccerman95’ who made a post on July 10 criticizing the move. “Regardless of your feelings on the reveal, this is a scummy tactic,” they said. Users on the forum speculated the video was re-uploaded to hide its original like/dislike ratio.

While some disliked the concept of the game, the topic creator argued that it was the way Nintendo hyped up the announcement that was the cause of the negative reaction. “Pokemon should own up to their horrible ways of hyping up such an announcement,” they wrote.

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Over on the Pokemon subreddit, player’s accused the trailer was re-uploaded to hide its dislike ratio.

Joe Merrick, the webmaster of popular Pokemon site Serebii, tweeted out that the video was removed due to an editing error. “With this, they fixed an editing error where a Nintendo Switch was flipped but displayed the image as intended,” he said.


The official Pokemon YouTube channel in Singapore confirmed Merrick’s discovery, and made a statement in the comments of their re-uploaded trailer. “Due to an inaccuracy in the footage, we corrected the video and reuploaded it. Revised part: 1:00-1:02,” the new description read.

Despite the explanation, the move still sparked criticism from some fans who believe the reupload was to wipe the dislike ratio clean. Various players took to forums to express their frustrations over the incident.

Reddit user ‘T_Raycroft’ hit out at the company stating, “I’m f**king stunned. Someone at TPCI/Tencent is so soft that they literally try to throw the dislikes out the door. This is childish. Further fuel to the fire that is called “Reasons why I don’t want any part in Pokemon Unite,” they said.

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Reddit users were critical of the trailer reupload.

While The Pokemon Company’s Singapore division has stated that it was a fix for an editing mistake, some in the community find it unusual that it would take them weeks to discover a mistake.

Regardless of what one thinks, it seems the negative reaction to Unite will not die down anytime soon. However, perhaps the MOBA-inspired game will get more love once its eventually released.



Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.