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You Can’t Register Codes in Pokemon TCG Online for iPad June 10, 2016

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.

We are really busy over here on the site and now that we had the chance to publish today’s video content, we wanted to devote some time this weekend before E3 to talk about what’s going on in the Pokémon community. What better way to start than by giving an introduction to the incredibly popular Pokémon Trading Card Game!

The Pokémon Trading Card Game has become a phenomenon since it first launched.  The game can even be played online without ever needing to open up a physical card deck.  That’s right, trainers who choose the TCG can sign up for the game at the official Pokémon website and use their skills, experience and wits to play online against other TCG trainers from all over the world.

Like with the physical TCG, players can purchase new card packs to improve their play decks. Online codes for digital cards can be obtained in physical game packs or through occasional promotional campaigns. This latter option is how many players preferred to get new cards online, and since the official application launched on the iPad (with Retina screen) last year, it was a popular option.

However, I was extremely disheartened to discover that Apple forced The Pokémon Company to disable the online code redemption for the iPad version of the game.  The Pokémon Company claims no credit at all for this policy change and say the decision was forced on them by Apple.

So what can you do if you are an iPad player with some card codes you would like to redeem?  I’m afraid you have no choice but to play the game on another platform. I personally would recomend the PC or Mac option. The computer interface is identical to the tablet version, barring the portability options offered by a tablet.  There’s no touchscreen support for the computer versions, but I still remember how to use a mouse, and that works fine.

I don’t blame The Pokémon Company at all for this decision as Apple has had a track list of dictating to developers what they will and will not allow on their digital marketplace, often to the detriment of the consumer. If you ask me Apple should reverse this decision immediately. Up to this point, there have not been widespread reports of issues with code redemption on the iPad, this new Apple policy is in my opinion an enormous mistake.  If you leave out an important feature of the game that your rival platforms will allow, players will switch gears and choose to use your rival’s platforms. It could inspire loyal players to trade in their iPad and switch to an Android tablet for their next upgrade.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is out now and can be played on PC, Mac, Android Tablets and iPad.  You can download the game to your desktop or laptop for free right here or at your tablet’s digital marketplace.


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