Duelists to Converge in Mexico for Prestigious Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series February 4-5

Jan 25th 2012
El Segundo, CA (January 24, 2012) – Duelists from Mexico and surrounding Latin American countries have been preparing their Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Decks for weeks as the countdown to the first 2012 Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) begins. Hundreds of players are expected to compete at the YCS Guadalajara, Mexico February 4th – 5th, the first premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event of the year from Konami Digital Entertainment (Konami).

Duelists participating in the main event can expect two days of demanding head-to-head competition. The First Rounds on Saturday will give players an opportunity to present their best game strategies, each one hoping that it will take them to the Final Round on Sunday and the opportunity to Duel for the title of YCS Guadalajara Champion. Duelists can also participate in a wide variety of fun and challenging Public Events to push their Dueling skills to the limit!

Pre-registration for YCS Guadalajara will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd and will begin again promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4th. Upon registering, Duelists will receive four Order of Chaos booster packs for participating in Konami's YCS Guadalajara. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the Top 16 or 32 YCS finishers (depending on attendance) will earn invitations to participate in the 2012 World Championship Qualifier – Continental, of their region.

In addition, Konami will once again hold a Dragon Duel for the younger set (for Duelists born 1999 or later). The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive a special Dragon Duel Champion's Medal, a 2012 Regional Game Mat, a Card Binder, and an invitation to their regions' 2012 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier – Continental, where they can earn an invitation to the inaugural Dragon Duel World Championship to be played at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships this summer.

Event Address:

Expo Guadalajara
Avenue Mariano Otero #1499
Esquina Avenue Las Rosas
Col. Verde Valle C.P. 44550
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

www.expo-Guadalajara.com

Accompanying the main event, Konami will be conducting a full range of Public Events such as Regional Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Classic Drafts, Dawn of the Xyz Starter Tournaments, Pegasus Challenges, Retro Drafts and Win-A-Mats.

The main event winner, the two runners-up and the winners of Sunday's two Public Event playoffs will each be awarded a YCS prize card. The main event winner will take home an Ultra Rare version of the Blood Mefist prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions.

Prizing Information:

1st Place – Ultra Rare Blood Mefist YCS Prize Card; Trophy; Paid travel to their World Championship Qualifier (if underage, then winner and guardian) or a local-market YCS (flight and accommodations) if the Duelist has already won an earlier YCS in the current year; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; Xbox 360 Elite 250GB console; and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier tournament
2nd place – Super Rare Blood Mefist YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC with redemption codes for Konami Mobile games; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier
3rd place – Super Rare Blood Mefist YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Touch Screen MP3 Player with redemption codes for Konami Mobile games; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier
4th place – 32GB touch-screen MP3 Player; Konami game codes to be used on the touch-screen MP3 player; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier
5th – 8th place – Video game console with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011 Over the Nexus; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier
9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Order of Chaos; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2012 World

Championship Qualifier
If attendance exceeds 513 Duelists:

17th – 32nd place – YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier

Duelists unable to participate in YCS Guadalajara can check out online blog coverage of the event provided by Konami staff at www.yugioh-card.com/en/events.

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 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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