Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. to Launch Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Regional Qualifer Tournaments throughout Latin America

Dec 21st 2009

Mexico City, MEX (December 21, 2009) – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE), the force behind the world's most popular trading card game – the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) – is pleased to announce the company's plans to launch regional qualifier tournaments throughout Latin America.

“By once again holding these premier level events in Latin America, it gives us the chance to reward the Duelists who have strongly supported the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME over the years,” commented Yumi Hoashi, vice president of Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “In fact, these events will provide more Duelists from all over Latin America the opportunity to participate in high level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME competitions.”

KDE and its partner Devir Latinoamérica will begin accepting applications in early January from those stores and tournament organizers that have the capacity and capabilities to hold a regional qualifier (must have capacity for 60 or more players). Taking a step away from the norm, there will be two Continental Championships, one for Duelists in Mexico and Central America, and the other in South America. The top players from the two Continental Championships will receive invitations to the 2010 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship, which will be held in the United States later in the summer of 2010.

For more information on Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or organized play events 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, 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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