GAMA was also speaking positively. “…[W]e’re very happy that they are doing well and we still remain solid partners with Pokemon with our trade show, GTS,and with programs supporting the industry,” GAMA Executive Director Anthony Gallela said. “…[W]e wish them luck… with their stand-alone event.”
The Pokemon Nationals had been held in conjunction with Origins for the last four years; the event drew around 900 attendees in 2008, according to Gallela. The scheduling opposite the show was “the best they could arrange for in their new location,” according to Gallela. The Pokemon World Championships, held in August, have also ended up against Gen Con on occasion.
Gallela said that Origins was attempting to convince Pokemon to sanction Pokemon TCG events at Origins in 2009.