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BattleZone is one of the first white market retailers to gradually re-introduce the Pokémon Trading Card Game in the U.A.E. since the early 2010s; in 2001, the Pokémon franchise came under great scrutiny when the Islamic {{wp|Grand Mufti}} of {{wp|Saudi Arabia}} at the time issued a ''{{wp|fatwā}}'' against the franchise based on false pretenses, and it affected neighboring countries, including the U.A.E.. However, contrary to popular belief, a commercial ban was never issued by the government in the U.A.E., but despite that the original distributors of the Pokémon TCG decided to discontinue trade regardless for non-disclosed reasons, albeit other Pokémon products, including the video games, reappeared in stores shortly after the controversy subsided. Until the 2010s, resident enthusiastic Pokémon TCG collectors had to import from other countries or hunt for the limited quantities sold in the local grey market. The Pokémon franchise was originally introduced in the U.A.E. with the launch of the English versions of {{game|Red and Blue|s}} in 1998, but the franchise did not commercially peak until the Pokémon anime first aired on local television in 2000.
* [ BattleZone's official website]
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