CGC Appoints Simplicity Esports an Official Submission Center

Posted on 11/5/2021

At 29 locations in 12 states, Simplicity Esports will facilitate submissions to CGC — a game changer for collectors.

Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) is excited to announce that Simplicity Esports has been appointed an Official Submission Center. As an Official Submission Center, Simplicity Esports will help collectors submit Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering cards to CGC at 29 of its locations across the country.

CGC is the world’s leading third-party grading service for pop culture collectibles, including comic books, trading cards, magazines and concert posters. The trading cards division of CGC — CGC Trading Cards — launched in July 2020 and immediately experienced incredible demand for its expert and impartial grading services. In just 15 months, more than 1 million Pokémon and Magic cards have been submitted to CGC Trading Cards for certification.

Simplicity Esports and Gaming Company owns 17 esports gaming centers and is the franchisor for 16 esports gaming centers that give the public an opportunity to experience gaming and esports in competitive and casual social settings, regardless of skill or experience. Gaming fans can find Simplicity Esports and its PLAYlive Nation outposts in shopping malls nationwide.

Multiple Simplicity Esports locations are authorized venues for PLAY! Pokémon and Wizards of the Coast WPN (Wizards Play Network) Premium. Tournaments and prerelease events for Pokémon and Magic cards happen regularly, drawing both gamers and collectors. Now, the majority of these locations will also serve as CGC Official Submission Centers.

“Simplicity Esports has the largest footprint of esports gaming centers in the country, with each location offering designated space for tournaments as well as packs for sale and single cards to buy, sell and trade,” comments Roman Franklin, CEO of Simplicity Esports. “The added benefit of being able to submit cards to CGC, the preeminent leader in pop culture collectibles certification, directly from our locations is going to take the Simplicity Esports experience to the next level.”

As playing and collecting trading card games continues to grow in popularity, the companies that innovate to provide the services and resources that matter to enthusiasts will rise to the top. With this collaboration, CGC and Simplicity Esports demonstrate their commitment to supporting the trading cards gaming and collecting community.

“Simplicity Esports has created an incredible space for trading card enthusiasts to play, share their passion and learn from one another,” says Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of the Certified Collectibles Group, which includes CGC. “We are honored to work with them to bring our expert and impartial certification services to more collectors.”

Simplicity Esports is now accepting Pokémon and Magic cards at the following locations. To learn more, visit

PLAYlive Nation West Park Promenade Billings, Montana
PLAYlive Nation Brea Mall Brea, California
PLAYlive Nation Freedom Crossing Center Fort Bliss, Texas
PLAYlive Nation Stonbriar Centre Frisco, Texas
PLAYlive Nation University House Fullerton, California
PLAYlive Nation Clackamas Town Center Happy Valley, Oregon
PLAYlive Nation Deerbrook Mall Humble, Texas
PLAYlive Nation Columbia Center Mall Kennewick, Washington
PLAYlive Nation Redmond Town Center Redmond, Washington
PLAYlive Nation Northridge Mall Salinas, California
PLAYlive Nation Santa Rosa Plaza Santa Rosa, California
PLAYlive Nation Gibbs Plaza DeLand, Florida
PLAYlive Nation St. Louis Galleria Saint Louis, Missouri
PLAYlive Nation Tyrone Square Mall St. Petersburg, Florida
PLAYlive Nation West Valley Mall Tracy, California
PLAYlive Nation Valley Mall Union Gap, Washington
PLAYlive Nation Vancouver Mall Vancouver, Washington
PLAYlive Nation North Point Mall Apharetta, Georgia
PLAYlive Nation Westfield Annapolis Mall Annapolis, Maryland
PLAYlive Nation Chandler Fashion Center Chandler, Arizona
PLAYlive Nation Columbiana Station Columbia, South Carolina
PLAYlive Nation Arrowhead Towne Center Glendale, Arizona
PLAYlive Nation Vintage Faire Mall Modesto, California
PLAYlive Nation Capital Mall Olympia, Washington
PLAYlive Nation South Hill Mall Puyallup, Washington
Simplicity Esports Brandon Town Center Brandon, Florida
Simplicity Esports Firewheel Town Center Garland, Texas
PLAYlive Nation SouthPark Mall Strongsville, Ohio
PLAYlive Nation Valley Fair Mall Santa Clara, California

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