Marco Jonatan Oviedo Castro Rises Above The Field To Take Home The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Championship In South America

Jun 28th 2012
Castro will Represent South America at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship in Tokyo, Japan

El Segundo, CA (June 27, 2012) – Hundreds of Duelists from South America represented their regions and countries at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.'s (Konami) South American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) in Bogota, Colombia. In the end, Marco Jonatan Oviedo Castro from Guayaquil, Ecuador won round after round and emerged triumphant. Oviedo will represent the South American region as he heads to Tokyo, Japan to face the top Duelists in the world at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) World Championship on August 11-12.

In an intense weekend of Dueling, Decks new and old were showcased throughout the Hotel Royal Park Metrotel Salon Olmo. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists employed brand new tactics and cards to compete against adversaries one round after another as each round consisted of close-calls and comeback victories. After a few rounds, some Duelists rose above the competition and front-runners emerged. The Duels remained concentrated and passionate as Sunday's Preliminary Rounds were being finished and as the players anticipated the approaching Final Round. At the end of the South American WCQ, it came down to Oviedo who sat across from Jhon Fredy Duran Diaz, from Bogota, Colombia at the Final Round table, each one hoping to have the right to represent the South American region at the World Championship.

Diaz brought his Chaos Dragon Deck to the Final Round eager that this would be the Deck that would go down in history as the 2012 South American WCQ winner. However, Oviedo was also confident that his Wind-Up Deck could thwart Diaz's Chaos Dragon Deck. Both competitors played each other resiliently, paying attention to every last detail and showing off their knowledge of the game. In a climactic ending, it was Oviedo who was able to celebrate the win and be named South American WCQ Champion. Marco Jonatan Oviedo Castro won a trip to Tokyo, Japan to compete in the 2012 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship and other prizes.

In addition to Oviedo, another special Duelist will be representing South America in Tokyo, Japan. Mijail Stephano Flores Barboza, from Lima, Peru, won the South American Dragon Duel WCQ (for Duelists born 1999 or later) cleverly outplaying his Dragon Duel opponents with his Wind-Up Deck to secure an invite to the first ever Dragon Duel World Championship on August 11-12. Besides winning a trip to Tokyo, Japan for him and a guardian, he also receives an amazing prize pack including a complete set of Galactic Overlord and a Super Rare Blood Mefist – Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card and a Top Cut WCQ Game Mat.

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. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's every Friday and Saturday on YTV! Fans can also view their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes at www.CW4Kids.com

For more information on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Hidden Arsenal 6: Omega Xyz booster set, or Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. 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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