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Team Robo

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Team Robo
"Play! Pokémon Singapore"
TeamRobo Logo.png
Language English
Status Active
Run 2010 - Present
Date opened February 2, 2010
Creator Ujin Yumeno
Current owner {{{owner}}}
Forum Team Robo Forums
Mascot None
Website Main page

Team Robo is an official Play! Pokémon organization, a Pokémon Community based in Singapore. The site was originally founded by Ujin Yumeno on February 2, 2010, with its aim to unite Pokémon Fans in Singapore. Team Robo is currently led by Adrian Foo.

In line with Play! Pokémon events, Team Robo hosts regular League Events for the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Games, and publishes related event information on its website, forum and its Facebook page.

History

Team Robo was created by Ujin Yumeno, an avid video gamer since the age of six. Despite having played Pokémon Red and Pokémon Emerald before, Ujin did not realize a need for a Pokémon Community in Singapore until end 2009, when he was influenced into playing Pokémon TCG by his nephew. While Ujin was drawn into the competitive aspects of the TCG and was in search of more serious players, he soon realized that a Pokémon TCG player base actually existed in Singapore, but was scattered due to the lack of official support for the game. Ujin then created Team Robo, which was aimed at gathering as many TCG players as possible in Singapore.

In March 2010, Ujin learnt that Maxsoft Pte. Ltd., the official distributor of the Pokémon TCG, was organizing the first Pokémon TCG event in Singapore. Writing in to find out more details about the event, Ujin was then invited to become a judge as the organizers could not find a person that understood the TCG game mechanics as well he did.

During the event, Ujin realized the participants' devotion and passion towards the TCG, and with much enthusiasm, Ujin approached the organizers after the event to find out if they could do anything to maintain an interest in the Pokémon TCG in Singapore. Shortly after, Ujin was appointed as a League Organizer, and Team Robo become the Official Play! Pokémon Organization in Singapore. With support from the Team Robo committee, 8 Pokémon Gyms, places where TCG and video game players could gather and interact, were eventually opened by the end of 2010. [1]

The first major Pokémon-themed event held in Singapore took place in June 2010 at Millenia Walk, which was organized under the name of Maxsoft Pte. Ltd,. Following the success of the first event, Team Robo was eventually given more recognition, and the next major event that took place in December 2010 at Tampines Mall was then organized under the name of Team Robo.

On June 18, 2011, two more Gyms, Magnum and Eternal, were announced after the TCG National Championship 2011 Swiss Tournament. They would be located at GamesHaven and Ani-Play SG respectively. In late September, Aggro Gym had its name changed SmugLeaf, while Masters Gym was renamed Empyrean.

On April 11, 2012, Ujin announced that he would be stepping down as Head Judge due to health reasons. The management of Team Robo and the position of Head Judge was succeeded by Adrian Foo.[2]

Hosted Events

Video Game

Date Event Location
12, 13, 19, 20 Jun 2010 Pokémon Video Game Elite4 Challenge Millenia Walk
18 - 26 Dec 2010 Pokémon NDS Video Game Christmas Bash Tampines Mall
6 Mar 2011 Pokémon Black and White versions Launch Event Funan DigitaLife Mall
13-17, 19 Jun 2011 Pokémon Black & White Video Game Elite 4 Tournament West Mall
19 Nov - 4 Dec 2011 Pokémon Nintendo DS Challenge City Square Mall
17 Jun 2012 Pokémon Black & White Video Game Elite 4 Tournament Funan DigitaLife Mall
7 Oct 2012 Pokémon Black & White versions 2 Launch Event Funan DigitaLife Mall

Trading Card Game

Date Event Location
13, 14 Mar 2010 Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver TCG Tournament Junction 8, Bishan
12 Jun 2010 Pokémon TCG National Championship 2010 Millenia Walk
18, 19 Dec 2010 Pokémon TCG City Championship SG 2010 [3] Tampines Mall
13 Mar 2011 Pokémon TCG States Championship SG 2011 GamesHaven
18, 19 Jun 2011 Pokémon TCG National Championship SG 2011 West Mall
17, 24 Dec 2011 Pokémon TCG City Championship SG 2011 City Square Mall
16, 17 Jun 2012 Pokémon TCG National Championship SG 2012 Funan DigitaLife Mall
1, 2 Dec 2012 Pokémon TCG Autumn Southeast Asia Regional Championship Pasir Ris Elias Community Club

Play! Pokémon League

Team Robo hosts weekly or bi-weekly Leagues[4]for both players of the Trading Card Game and Video Games to participate.

Following the concept of the Pokémon Gyms in the main series games, there are a total of 9 Gyms in Singapore, and they are overseen by a Pokémon Professor and a 'Gym Leader'. [5] As the player base for the video games in Singapore is relatively smaller as compared to the TCG, gatherings for the video game players are usually done only at the E2Max Gym.[6]

Pokémon Gym Address Region Gym Leader Gym Professor
Active! Active Game Collections
Blk 108 Hougang Ave 1, #01-1277, S(530108)
North East Elias Mohamad Jullian Chen
Delta Thousand Taste Trading
Blk 132 Jurong East St 13, #01-283, S(600132)
West Terry Lin Muhd Irfan
E2Max Level 9 Cathay Cineleisure (Beside Cinema Entrance)
8 Grange Road, S(239695)
Central Andriy Law (TCG)
Soon (VG)
Dennis Piay
Empyrean Card Master Games
60 Orchard Road, #B1-01, S(238889)
Central Cliffton Goh Belp Fred
Eternal Ani-Play SG
Sunset Way, Blk 106 Clementi St 12, #02-42, S(120106)
West Rudy Ariffin Febri Azrain
GhasTrix G&T Hub
Blk 510 Bedok North St 3, #01-19, S(460510)
East Fazli D. Uarahara Augustine Lim
Magnum GamesHaven
736A Geylang Road, S(389647)
East Marcus Lim Mandy Lim
Sands Pasir Ris Elias Community Club
93 Pasir Ris Drive 3, S(519498)
East Muhammad Nazri Tjong Wei Jia
SmugLeaf Millennium Games
Blk 166 Bukit Batok West Ave 8, #01-260, S(731678)
West Ujin Yumeno Jasmine Chia

Staff

  • Ujin Yumeno - Ex-Head Judge, Creator of Team Robo
  • Adrian Foo - Head Judge, Head Organizer
  • Soon - Head Video Games Organizer, TCG Professor and E2Max Gym Leader (VG)
  • Sedious - TCG Professor, Team Robo Administrator
  • Superman32 - TCG Professor
  • faintingspell - TCG Professor
  • icezkewl - TCG Professor
  • NicMerrow - TCG Professor
  • RoarKiller - Active! Gym leader
  • dlxe105 - Delta Gym Leader
  • andriylaw - E2Max Gym Leader (TCG)
  • Jess - Excel Gym Leader
  • uraharahat - GhasTrix Gym Leader
  • Username - Masters Gym Leader
  • Nazri - Sands Gym Leader

External links

References

  1. Professor Ujin & his road to become a Pokémon Professor
  2. Ujin's announcement, Team Robo Facebook page
  3. General Information on TCG Championship SG 2010 @ Team Robo Forum
  4. Team Robo Pokémon League
  5. Pokemon League and Gyms
  6. Pokémon Video Game League
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