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The Pokémon TCG Illustration Contest 2024 includes works from artists in Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and this time around the theme was “Magical Pokémon Moments.”

For their pieces, artists could feature the following Pokémon in their cards: Charizard, Pikachu, Eevee, Feraligatr, Flygon, Absol, Bidoof, Melmetal, Amped Form Toxtricity, or Koraidon. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top artists in a handful of categories, and each of the top winning cards will be made into a promo card.

Just a week and a half back, Pokémon Co. revealed the top 300 artists from this year’s contest, and fans were quick to point out that multiple pieces seemed to feature AI-generated artwork. It seems those accusations caught the attention of the Pokémon Co., who has now gone through submissions once again with a fine-toothed comb, which has led to the disqualification of multiple artists.

The Pokémon Co. released a statement on the matter, and while they didn’t say specifically that AI-submitted pieces were the cause for the submissions to be yanked, it’s easy enough to put two and two together. It has also been noted that some users also submitted multiple entries under the same name, which is also against the rules. You can read the entire statement from the Pokémon Co. below.

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oreanta

@ctrl.alt.bob what specifically was misleading here?

Following accusations (by the community) about AI-generated submissions, some participants were disqualified. This is true.

The article literally acknowledges that The Pokémon Company didn't specifically say anything about AI.

ctrl.alt.bob

17d ago

Wow.. the click bait title, the assumptions, and or the flat out lies, Im not sure what's worse about this article.. First of all the statement from Pokemon, said absolutely NOTHING about AI.. you are just assuming.. and your article mentions nothing about the Multiple entries under the same names... Which is far more likely what Pokemon is actually talking about.. whomever wrote this needs to be fired, and never allowed to do any kind of journalism again..


oreanta

17d ago

@ctrl.alt.bob what specifically was misleading here?

Following accusations (by the community) about AI-generated submissions, some participants were disqualified. This is true.

The article literally acknowledges that The Pokémon Company didn't specifically say anything about AI.


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rawmeatcowboy

17d ago

@ctrl.alt.bob

Thanks for the comment. I've updated the post with a line about the duplicate entries as well. Sorry you feel the post misrepresents the situation. I've reached out to Pokémon Co. for a statement, but with the one they offered above being intentionally vague, I doubt they'll provide more insight. Doesn't hurt to try, though!