Courtney Waller Collects the Trophy at the Final Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of 2011

Nov 22nd 2011
El Segundo, CA (November 22, 2011) – With visions of winning it all, hundreds of optimistic Duelists came to Kansas City, Missouri this past weekend pursuing champion-size dreams at the final Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) of 2011. Ultimately it was Courtney Waller from Norfolk, Virginia that made his dream come true as he was crowned Champion at the premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) event, hosted by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami).

With a packed playing field of nearly 650 participants, Saturday morning saw anxious Duelists from across the country awaiting the start of the First Round. It was anyone's game to win, and confidence levels in the building were high. After Saturday's Preliminary Rounds dashed the hopes of some, 24-year-old Waller was still confident that he would reach Sunday's Final Round. That attitude combined with smart and strategic play, earned Waller a spot at the Final Round table. Pitted against a coolheaded 19-year-old Chris Biswell from Lenexa, Kansas the stakes were high as the crowd converged to watch the two Duelists battle it out for the ultimate win.

Relying on his Chaos Deck, Waller's skills proved to be too much for Biswell and his Synchro-heavy Deck. In addition to the title of Champion, Waller earned an amazing set of prizes that included an Ultra Rare YCS Blood Mefist Prize Card, an exclusive YCS Game Mat, an invitation to the 2012 World Championship Qualifier tournament and much more!

Every Saturday morning, Duelists can watch the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal animated series as well as classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on TheCW4Kids programming block, the leading Saturday morning kids broadcast network in the United States. Fans can also view their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes at www.CW4Kids.com. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's every Friday and Saturday on YTV! For more information on Konami, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, please visit www.yugioh-card.com. or call 310-220-8630.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 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 25 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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