Among the events affected by the recent
cancellations was the Pokémon Professor Program’s annual North American
Professor Cup and Conference, an event for Professors to socialize, learn, and
enjoy the Pokémon TCG and video games for themselves. In response, Professors
around the world have been doing all they can to bring the spirit of Pokémon
League to virtual platforms, from hosting fun tournaments to conducting
quizzes, games, and competitions—all online.
To celebrate the creativity, passion, and dedication that Professors
around the world have shown in keeping their local communities engaged during
these times, the Pokémon Professor Program is supporting the Professor community
in their efforts to bring the fun of the Professor Cup and Conference online.
A new Seminar Series began Saturday, March 28, where
Professors can take part in educational sessions conducted in the spirit of
Professor Seminars, offering the chance to meet and learn from some of the
community’s most knowledgeable members.
Day one topics include best practices for online activities
with Pokémon League members, social media conduct, and “AMA”-style panels
featuring representatives from both the Pokémon TCG and video game aspects of
the community spectrum. More sessions are planned, with upcoming seminars
discussing topics such as judging on a live stream, conducting investigations,
and rulings delivery practices.
The Professor Program is supporting this community effort by
awarding 5 Professor Points per session to all Professors whose participation
These sessions are open to any Professor, regardless of rank or certification.
The Professor Cup Online features two separate online
tournaments: one for the Pokémon TCG, and one for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon
Shield video games. Each tournament uses a challenging, quirky format that
Professors must master if they want to succeed. Those who place highly will
take part in a special, combined top cut and will compete to become the
Professor Cup Online Champion!
The Professor Cup Online is open to all Professors with a
Stage 1 or Stage 2 certification, and there are cool Professor Program branded
prizes to be won. Professors can visit the Pokémon Organized Play forums for
more details, and to register for each of these awesome opportunities.
Thank you again to our Pokémon Professors around the world!