New England Hosts Top Duelists in Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series October 19-21

Sep 27th 2012
El Segundo, CA (September 27, 2012) – Thousands of Duelists will meet in Rhode Island's capital city of Providence to participate in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami). YCS Providence will be the last YCS before the release of Abyss Rising, the upcoming booster set for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) that lands on store shelves November 9. Abyss Rising may change the play environment significantly.

Players will be coming from across North America to the Rhode Island Convention Center from October 19th - 21st, banking on winning many, many Duels as qualifiers for the 2013 World Championship hits full throttle.

Through the weekend, hundreds of one-on-one Duels will take place in the Main Event. Players winning the best two-out-of-three games are declared the victors of the match and progress to the next round against another opponent. The First Round of the Main Event starts early Saturday morning and runs until the Final Round Sunday afternoon, with each and every Duelist hoping to dominate YCS Providence and leave as a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Champion.

Duelists should make time to pre-register for the YCS Providence Main Event from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19th, as those players that pre-register and submit a Deck list will receive an event-exclusive YCS Token Card! Registration will begin again promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 20th. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Return of the Duelist booster packs for participating in Konami's YCS Providence. The First Round 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 2013 World Championship Qualifier and other great prizes.

In addition, Konami will once again hold two Dragon Duels for the younger players (for Duelists born 2000 or later). The top four finishers in each of the Dragon Duel events will receive a special Dragon Duel Champion's Medal, a Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel t-shirt and an invitation to their 2013 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, where they can earn an invitation to the second annual Dragon Duel World Championship to take place at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship in August 2013.

Additionally, Duelists can participate in a wide variety of fun and challenging Public Events to push their Dueling skills to the limit! Konami will be conducting a host of events such as Regional Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mats, Xyz Symphony Starter Deck Tournaments, Realm of the Sea Emperor Structure Deck Tournaments, and Sealed Pack Tournaments for Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, featuring exclusive Starfoil prize cards only available at premier events. And, voice actors from the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! animated television series will be on hand both days to support the Charity Win-A-Mat tournament, with the net proceeds going to support voice actor Dan Green's twins after their mother passed away due to complications at birth. A complete list of the voice actors who will attend are posted on http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/2012/YCS_Providence_FAQ.html.

The Main Event winner, the two runners-up and 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 Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions.

Event Address:
Rhode Island Convention Center
Exhibit Hall [A]
1 Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903
www.riconvention.com

Prizing Information:

1st place – Ultra Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry 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; 250GB game console; and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier tournament
2nd place –Super Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC with redemption codes for Konami Mobile games; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier
3rd place – Super Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry 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 2013 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 2013 World Championship Qualifier
5th – 8th place – 4GB video game console with YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier
9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Return of the Duelist; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier


If attendance exceeds 513 Duelists:

17th – 32nd place – YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier

Duelists unable to participate in YCS Providence can check out live online 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 Vortexx on The CW programming block, the leading Saturday morning kids broadcast network in the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 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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