Pokemon TCG community enraged over LAIC prize money situation

The Pokemon LAIC Sao Paulo edition.The Pokemon Company

The Pokemon TCG community and LAIC competitors are not happy about the prize money situation in the Latin American Championship. Many angry fans took the concern to social media when Pokemon coach Joseph Ugarte released a statement on how to cash in the Top 32 prize money.

The Pokemon Latin America International Championship was held in Sao Paulo in 2023, and many VGC and TCG Latin fans battled their hearts out in the official competition. Making it to the Top 32 of the Championship guaranteed players prize money, to reward the best trainers there.

It seems that the community isn’t happy after what Pokemon coach Joseph Ugarte shared on social media, with a PSA aimed at the prize money of LAIC 2023.

Pokemon LAIC Sao Paulo edition Trophy.The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Latin America International Championship was held in Sao Paulo in 2023.

According to Ugarte’s post, the International players who attended and made it to the Top 32, had to scan a QR code to start the prize redemption process. Players needed to fill out a survey within five days of the competition, and if they didn’t, the win would be counted as forfeit.

Not only did fans question the lack of any public announcement on the matter, but they also stated their concern about their privacy. The survey asked for bank information along with personal data, which troubled participants when they started to complete it.

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Pokemon TCG LAIC prize money situation leads to outrage

The problems didn’t stop there, and many fans who attended the Championship and filled out the survey wondered when the confirmation email would arrive since they “didn’t get confirmation in the email or something like that.”

The survey form was also partly written in Portuguese, so International fans weren’t keen on how difficult the form was to fill out. Adding to that, user “panomics” expressed their disagreement by saying that they gave their “bank account number and swift code on a Microsoft Form without knowing the secure propers of the destination.”

There’s still no official comment on the matter, but we will update this article as soon as we know how the LAIC prize money situation moves forward.

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