The Pokémon Company has acquired Millennium Print Group, a company that prints cards for the hugely popular Pokémon Trading Card Game. Millennium Print Group has been working with The Pokémon Company since 2015.
“With this acquisition, The Pokémon Company International aims to further develop the capabilities, infrastructure and scale of the Millennium Print Group to become a leading printer of trading cards, serving the wider industry,” The Pokémon Company said in a press release. “Millennium Print Group will continue to operate as a separate, autonomous organization, but will gain both investment and industry expertise from The Pokémon Company International.”
Pokémon cards were very popular during the pandemic, with The Pokémon Company going so far as to publicly promise it would print more cards by February 2021 to meet demand. (eBay has even added a feature to its app that allows people to scan trading cards to make them easier to sell.) This acquisition suggests The Pokémon Company expects demand for Pokémon cards, as well as other types of trading cards, to continue.
“We’re committed to developing Millennium into an even better, bigger, state-of-the-art version of their already exceptional organization that benefits not just Pokémon, but all of their customers,” said Kenji Okubo, president of The Pokémon Company International. in the edition.