Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast, or "WOTC" for short, is the producer of hobby gaming systems owned by Hasbro, including Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons. From 1998 until 2003, Wizards of the Coast was responsible for translating and distributing Pokémon trading cards created by Media Factory (then by The Pokémon Company). On October 1, 2003, Wizards of the Coast's license to translate and distribute Pokémon Trading Card Game was transferred to The Pokémon Company International by Nintendo. After the license was transferred, Wizards of the Coast sued Nintendo claiming Nintendo stole certain insider secrets. Both parties settled outside of court in December 2003.
Expansion sets released by Wizards of the Coast
Legendary Collection Series
A set to follow Skyridge, titled "Jamboree," was in the works of being released by WOTC, but never had the opportunity to be printed, due to the cancellation of Wizards' license. Other consequences of the cancellation of the WOTC license was that there was only one print run of Skyridge, causing the price of the set to skyrocket.
Pokémon TCG books released by Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast released a handful of strategy guides to the TCG during the time they had the distribution rights.
Wizards Pokémon TCG Chat
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During their time with the card game, Wizards of the Coast held weekly chats about the TCG starting from January 20, 2000. In these chats, non-Wizards operators had to follow protocol when asking questions, which were typically about release dates, promotions, and rulings. The chats lasted until the final months of 2002, which is about the time Wizards lost the license and rights to the card game.
|Chat||Date||Notes of discussion|
|1||January 20, 2000||
|2||January 27, 2000|
|3||February 3, 2000||
|4||February 10, 2000||
|5||February 17, 2000|