The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Shonen Jump Championship Set to Rock the New Year in the City of Angels – Los Angeles on January 9-10

Dec 4th 2009

22 Billion Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Sold Making it the World's Best Selling TRADING CARD GAME of All Time!

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – December 4, 2009 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE) will unleash the world's best-selling trading card game on the City of Angels (Los Angeles, CA) with the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) SHONEN JUMP Championship on January 9. KDE is committed to starting off the 2010 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG competitive season with a bang by hosting a premier event in the second largest metropolis in the United States.

KDE's SHONEN JUMP Championship in Los Angeles takes place January 9-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The registration fee is $20, and each player will receive five Stardust Overdrive booster packs just for participating. The top three finalists from the SHONEN JUMP Championship will receive the highly sought-after “Dark End Dragon” SHONEN JUMP Championship Prize Card, as will two other finalists from bonus events held on Sunday.

“The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME has sold more than 22 billion cards worldwide and we fully expect that kind of excitement from Duelists to carry over to the SHONEN JUMP Championship in Los Angeles,” commented Yumi Hoashi, Vice President of Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “We designed the SHONEN JUMP Championships to be enjoyed by as many players as possible and they continue to be the most celebrated events we hold each year.”

Those who cannot make this SHONEN JUMP Championship will be able to follow round-by-round coverage online at www.yugioh-card.com/en/events.

SHONEN JUMP Championship Los Angeles details: The Los Angeles Convention Center SHONEN JUMP Championship will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. for registration with Round One beginning at 10:00 a.m. The top 16 finalists for the SHONEN JUMP Championship, along with the top Duelists of the Sunday Regional Qualifiers, earn invites to participate in their respective countries' 2010 National Championships.

The Los Angeles stop in the SHONEN JUMP Championship tour will offer exciting Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG side events for both Saturday and Sunday which include Win-A-Mat tournaments for all ages, and Dragon Duel tournaments for Duelists aged 12 and under. There will also be 2010 Regional Qualifier tournaments on Sunday.

SHONEN JUMP Championship prizes:

• 1st place – A “Dark End Dragon” SHONEN JUMP Championship Prize Card, Trophy, Paid travel and accommodations for the winner's 2010 National Championship (if underage, travel and accommodations for the winner and a guardian), a SHONEN JUMP Championship Top 16 Game Mat, and a one year subscription to SHONEN JUMP magazine.

• 2nd place – A “Dark End Dragon” SHONEN JUMP Championship Prize Card, 32 GB personal music player with docking station and speakers, a SHONEN JUMP Championship Top 16 Game Mat, and a one year subscription to SHONEN JUMP magazine.

• 3rd place – A “Dark End Dragon” SHONEN JUMP Championship Prize Card, videogame console with a copy of a Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers, a copy of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tagforce 4 videogame, a SHONEN JUMP Championship Top 16 Game Mat, and a one year subscription to SHONEN JUMP magazine.

• 4th place – A videogame console with a copy of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers, a copy of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tagforce 4 videogame, a SHONEN JUMP Championship Top 16 Game Mat, and a one year subscription to SHONEN JUMP magazine.

• 5th – 8th place – A personal videogame console with a copy of 2010 WCT game: YGO! 5D's World Championship 2010 Reverse of Arcadia, a SHONEN JUMP Championship Top 16 Game Mat, and a one year subscription to SHONEN JUMP magazine.

• 9th – 16th place – A copy of 2010 WCT game: YGO! 5D's World Championship 2010 Reverse of Arcadia, a SHONEN JUMP Championship Top 16 Game Mat, and a one year subscription to SHONEN JUMP magazine.

For more information on Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or the SHONEN JUMP Championship series, please visit www.yugioh-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 22 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 and Latin 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, DanceDanceRevolution 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 22 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, and 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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