Homoludicus is a card game store located in Barcelona, Spain.
What attracted you to the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge?
Due to the difficult time stores in this industry are going through, I think that every initiative like this one, that helps us promote the game again, is greatly welcome.
How have your community responded to the idea of a digital Play! Pokémon event?
In the beginning, people were a bit reluctant to play online, as they always prefer to play in the store, but they understand the circumstances and the community has taken to the initiative.
How long have you been running Pokémon events?
We’ve been around for a few years now and are very happy to be able to run tournaments in the store. Perhaps we miss having a little more prizes in the smaller tournaments, like in the premier challenges to attract more people.
Why did you choose Pokémon as one of the games for your store?
It is a game with many years behind it and with a very big fan base; that is very important to be able to sell the products and to be able to run events and have a large community behind it.
Do you run a lot of other Organised Play in your store?
Yes, we run Organised Play for many other games in our store. They all have their differences, but we see that many players attend tournaments for different games, and that connects the communities and makes them grow together.
Why do you run OP?
In the beginning the community was small and encouraged me to get into Organised Play in order to make a bigger and better community.
Do you play Pokémon?
Not now, time does not allow me, but I do know the rules and try to keep up with the news.
How are you currently keeping in touch with your community?
We keep in touch with Whatsapp groups and this is also how we usually organise unofficial tournaments now that everything has stopped.
Have you run digital tournaments before? / Have you been running other digital/online OP this year? / Would you consider running digital/online OP alongside normal OP in the future?
We’ve organised some online tournaments for other games, but with Pokémon, the Team Challenge is the first online tournament we’ve ever done. Based on how it goes with the Team Challenge, we will consider holding more tournaments in the future.
How has the current situation affected your business? Have a lot of things moved online?
It’s been a headache, sales have dropped considerably and we weren’t prepared to move everything online because we didn’t have an ideal website.
Were you happy with the registration/sign-up process for the Team Challenge?
Yes, the truth is that the TO in charge of my territory helped me a lot and was very patient with me.
Have you already run your first event? How did it go?
No, since the Pokémon community has been disconnected, we were planning to organise a qualifier this weekend, but we’re going to have to postpone it due to lack of participants.
Summarise your Team Challenge experience up to now in one sentence.
It is an ideal initiative for the moment in which the game is currently.
What are your hopes for 2021?
To be able to return to local tournaments which is what would most benefit me as a store, and my community.
What are your expectations for 2021?
I don’t think we will be able to return to normal and more initiatives like Team Challenge will have to happen.
Give us a bit of advice/wisdom/hope for other stores out there 🙂
I think it’s worth betting on these initiatives, from a store’s point of view is the best way to activate the community again.
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