Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Heads to the Southwestern Capital City of Austin, Texas March 23 - 24

Feb 6th 2013
Upon Registration Duelists Receive Five Booster Packs of Cosmo Blazer

El Segundo, CA (February 5, 2013) – The Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami) heads to the Lone Star state's capital city of Austin, Texas for the second 2013 stop of the company's premier competitive series. YCS Austin is expected to draw hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) players from all over the Western United States and Mexico March 23-24th.

Throughout the intense action-filled weekend, Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists will test their Decks, skills and strategies as they compete head-to-head against some of the best players in the country. From the First Round of the Main Event on Saturday morning to the Final Round on Sunday, every Duelist will be playing their hardest, hoping that their game plan is the one that takes them to the YCS Champion's podium.

Duelists should make time to pre-register for the YCS Austin Main Event from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22nd, 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, March 23rd. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Cosmo Blazer booster packs for participating in Konami's YCS Austin. 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 Dragon Duels for the younger players (for Duelists born in 2000 or later) on Saturday and Sunday. The top four players 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. Those who attend the Qualifier 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, Onslaught of the Fire Kings Structure Deck Tournaments, and Sealed Pack Tournaments for Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, featuring exclusive Starfoil prize cards only available at premier events.

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:
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Ballrooms D - G
Austin, TX 78701
http://www.macc.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; 500GB game console; and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier tournament

2nd place –Super Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry YCS Prize Card; 32GB 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; 32GB 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 Cosmo Blazer; 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 Austin 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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