Nearly 900 Duelists Converge on the SHONEN JUMP Championship in Anaheim - Marks the Second Largest Event Ever

May 1st 2009
Jeff Jones (Detroit, MI) wins the 68th SHONEN JUMP Championship with a DARK “Skill Drain” Deck

El Segundo, CA – (May 1, 2009) – Nearly 900 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists jammed the Anaheim Convention Center for the 68th SHONEN JUMP Championship the weekend of April 25-26, doubling the attendance expectations. Jeff Jones, Detroit, out-battled the field to win the SHONEN JUMP Championship, which is the largest and most prestigious Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE) Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournament series in North America.

“We had a tremendous turnout for the first SHONEN JUMP Championship from Konami and the 68th overall,” noted Yumi Hoashi, Vice President of Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “We knew Duelists were anxious for tournaments but the attendance figures really pleasantly surprised us. We doubled our expectations and had players come from all over the United States, Asia, Australia and Europe.”

Jeff Jones went head-to-head with Jarel Winston for the top honors after two days of Dueling. Both were up to the task, utilizing competition ready Decks, Jones using a DARK “Skill Drain” theme and Winston rocking the Lightsworn Deck, respectively. Jones and his peers took home prize packs that included such items as brand new Top 16 SJC game mats, Nintendo DSi™ units with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator World Championship 2009, Wii™ units and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers, a 32 GB iPod Touch installed with Konami Mobile Games, and complimentary subscriptions to SHONEN JUMP magazine. Jones will also receive a paid trip to the U.S. National Championships, courtesy of KDE.
The large attendance numbers attest to the strength of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and the passion of the Duelists around the Globe. The Anaheim SHONEN JUMP Championship, the first produced by KDE, was deemed a huge success by company officials. “I couldn't have hoped for a better turnout for our first event,” added Konami's Hoashi. The top 16 finalists from the SHONEN JUMP Championship in Anaheim along with the top 32 Duelists from the Sunday Regional qualified to participate in the 2009 U.S. National Championship, which will be held in July at a location to be named later.

For more information on Konami Digital Entertainment, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or the SHONEN JUMP Championship series, please visit www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 18 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America.

About Konami
Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. Konami's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill®, Dance Dance Revolution® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. Konami is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 18 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.Konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at www.Konami.com.

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