|The first official tournament I played in, but I|
had played in many unofficial ones at League before.
Fast forward and I learned this came from players of an online simulator. I downloaded it, and played it some, but it just wasn't for me. I played pokémon for the battles, but it wasn't the only reason I played it. Sometimes I would just breed pokémon or raise pokémon just to relax. To each their own. When online battles became a reality and the Video Game Championships began in 2009, I had no personal reason to play the simulators at all anymore.
Now, we have a splintered community of players. We have those who still play simulators and tout it as the "real" format, or the more competitive one. Then on the other side, we have those who play VGC and tout the same thing. Admittedly, VGC is the official format, but in my mind both are "real". They both exist and meet different needs. There are some who gladly play either format. I feel these people are the true competitors.
|Pokémon is a fun game, when you allow it to be.|
I already host VGC events, as I'm a Tournament Organizer for Pokémon, but I'd gladly host unofficial tournaments if my players asked for it. I've done it in the past. I've held what I call "Type Tournaments", where players can only use pokémon of a given type that they draw randomly. I sanction them too, just as "Fun" format. They aren't Premier events, but they are meant to expand the game to people who just want to come out and have a fun time.
I mean, why play if it's not fun?