Akikazu Saito Named Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game World Champion In Tokyo, Japan

Aug 21st 2012
El Segundo, CA (August 20, 2012) – The top 25 Duelists from around the world met in Tokyo, Japan to face off against each other for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be named Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) World Champion. In the event's 10th Anniversary, it was Osaka, Japan's Akikazu Saito, that reigned supreme, separating himself from the rest of the pack to claim the highest honor awarded to a Duelist. Saito was not the only champion crowned in Tokyo as Yu Hau Liou, 12 years old, from Taiwan, emerged as the inaugural Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Champion. Next year, the Dragon Duel World Championship will feature the top Duelists born in 2000 or later. Both Saito and Liou return to their respective countries with the title of World Champion.

In the main event, Saito successfully overthrew opponent after opponent with his Inzektor Deck. In the end, he faced off against Stefano Memoli, from Italy who played a Wind-Up Deck in the final match. Memoli presented Saito with challenge after challenge but was unable to overturn the final Duel, as Saito deftly controlled his Deck and opponent. In a flash, it was all over, with Saito defeating Memoli to put away any doubts who should be crowned 2012 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion.

In the Dragon Duel World Championship, Liou played a Dino Rabbit Deck with so much skill for such a young Duelist, as he navigated the field of 12 Dragon Duel finalists to arrive at the final table against Japan's Toya Minami, 11 years old. Minami was just as successful with his Inzektor Deck that it was anybody's guess who would triumph as the final match began. Fortunately for Liou, his Dino Rabbit Deck played favorably against Minami's Deck and Liou emerged victorious after an exciting match to be named the first-ever Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Champion.


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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