Winners announced for Bulbagarden's 2021 Holiday Contests

Over December, Bulbagarden continued its annual tradition of holiday season contests. For 2021, we ran a collection of four separate contests, with more than $2000 USD of prizes on offer. The competition for prizes this year was particularly strong, with most contests seeing about double the number of entries that we saw in 2020.
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TheSpeedGamers Gen 4 & More Pokémon Charity Marathon begins December 17, raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

This December, TheSpeedGamers, a group of video game enthusiasts who play for marathon hours to raise money for charities, will be hosting their latest Pokémon Charity Marathon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The marathon will be streamed live on TheSpeedGamers Twitch Channel at http://twitch.tv/thespeedgamers from Friday December 17 at 6pm US Central Time.
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Super Contests come to real life with the Pokémon Presents Super Pet Contest

The Pokémon Company International today dropped a surprise announcement about the launch of the Pokémon Presents Super Pet Contest. From now until November 9, 2021, at 12:01am PST, Pokémon fans from across North America, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will be able to enter photos of their real world pets to give their furry (or not so furry) partners a chance to shine in the spotlight.
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Yes TiMi, Gay Rights

In a day where Niantic has managed to anger and frustrate a significant and vocal portion of the Pokémon GO player base, they can at least be thankful that they weren't the only company thinking now was the appropriate time to go "hold my beer" with a poorly considered statement. Showing a shocking lack of awareness of internet memes for a social media manager, not to mention common sense and empathy, the official Twitter account of Pokémon UNITE developers TiMi Studios earlier today apparently decided that, instead of giving the simple and obvious response to a request to say "gay rights", that they'd instead like to turn themselves into even more of a public pariah than the monitization model of Pokémon UNITE already had.
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Vaporeon appointed as official ambassador for Water Day in Japan

Pokémon characters have been used as mascots for a variety of campaigns in Japan for many years, perhaps most frequently in relation to regional tourism. This time, it's Vaporeon's turn to join the cast of Pokémon mascots, after they were named the official ambassador for Water Day by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
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EDITORIAL: Criticism, frustration, disappointment, and Pokémon announcements

Pokémon Day 2021 is upon us, marking the 25th anniversary of the release of Pokémon Red and Green in Japan. The day will kick off with a special Pokémon Presents presentation at midnight Japan time, with a promised 20-minute-long stream of Pokémon news. Ahead of this special presentation though, we need to have a chat. A chat about how we as a fandom respond to news and announcements, particularly when those announcements weren’t quite what we were hoping for. Because quite frankly, if we’re going to see the same kind of behaviour with the Pokémon Day announcements this year as we’ve seen with other unpopular announcements like Sword & Shield not including the entire National Dex, or Pokémon UNITE, then we’ll only have proven we don’t deserve to have good things.
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Catch Pokémon in AGDQ 2021

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) is an annual event run by the Games Done Quick charity fundraising organization, raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. As part of AGDQ 2021, two separate runners will be playing Pokémon games, with Etchy running Pokémon Platinum, and eddaket running Pokémon Blue.
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