The Pokémon Company
The Pokémon Company has agreed to buy the company that prints its trading cards. According to gamesindustry.biz, the North Carolina-based Millennium Print Group will become a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company - but will continue to operate independently - for an undetermined purchase price. As of 2015, The Pokémon Company has produced products for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, which it will be able to do much more efficiently moving forward, according to president Kenji Okubo. The Pokémon Company International has worked closely with the talented team at Millennium Print Group for many years, helping us bring the Pokémon Trading Card Game to fans of the game with the quality they expect."By combining our resources and efforts in a meaningful way, we hope to improve the way our organizations collaborate and bring the highest quality Pokémon TCG products to market. In parallel, we aim to transform Millennium into an even better, bigger, and more technologically advanced version of their already outstanding organization, benefitting not only Pokémon but all of their customers as well."Pokémon cards remain popular 25 years after the original set was released, as evidenced, among other things, by the increasing number of people attempting to steal them. A Minnesota gaming store reportedly had around $250,000 worth of Pokémon merchandise stolen in February, and in March, a man was arrested in Tokyo for allegedly carrying out a literal robbery in order to steal the prized cards. Likewise, a Georgia man bought a rare, shiny Charizard with a COVID-19 relief payment, instead of stealing one directly.