Twitch is planning their biggest marathon yet and it sounds like a must-watch for hardcore Pokémon fans. The service, which is primarily used for video game streaming, has hosted plenty of marathons in the past, but this is going to be on a whole other level. It's so epic, the company is actually splitting the event into several different marathons that will run into 2019. So there's a lot to look forward to for those who want to try and catch 'em all.
The event kicks off on August 27 at 10 a.m. Pacific time and will be streamed for viewers in the U.S, Canada, Australia, Europe and Latin American, complete with language dubs in the country's respective language, in participating areas. All told, Twitch plans to air 19 seasons of the Pokemon show, totaling 932 episodes. That will be accompanied by 16 animated Pokemon movies. That would be far too much for a single marathon, and it's still quite a lot for several of them. Jane Weedon, Twitch's director of business development, had this to say about the event.
"The Twitch community has a passion for Pokemon based on the warm embrace the series received when we celebrated the brand's 20th anniversary, as well as the cultural milestone that was set when over a hundred thousand Twitch members played Pokemon together."
The streaming platform has played host to some brain-numbingly long marathons in the past, such as playing 500 episodes of Doctor Who and 800 episodes of Power Rangers, but this Pokemon series will best that easily. Twitch is also providing a Pokemon Badge Collector that will offer participants a chance to scoop up badges while watching the marathon. These badges will help viewers place higher on special leaderboards that are being created for the event.
Twitch previously had a lot of luck with their Twitch Plays Pokemon Red event, which saw more than 100 thousand players tackling the game at the same time. The movies Pokemon 4Ever, Pokemon Heroes, Jirachi: Wish Maker and Destiny Deoxys won't be included in marathons. That could have to do with rights issues, as they were distributed by Miramax and it's possible The Pokemon Company couldn't work them into this deal with Twitch. In any case, it's not as though there's going to be a shortage of Pokemon content throughout these various marathons.
It's a good time to be a fan of Pikachu and the large gang of lovable, powerful creatures. Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us is set to be released in theaters later this year. Plus, Detective Pikachu, the first ever live-action movie within the franchise, is set to be released by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures next summer, with the first poster having recently made its way online. These marathons should help fill the void until the movie arrives. The various Pokemon shows will be shown in order during the event. For more information, such as viewing schedules, you can head on over to the Twitch event page.