Konami Digital Entertainment to Hold Preeminent Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in San Jose, Costa Rica April 20th – 21st

Apr 10th 2013
Younger Players Can Compete in Dragon Duel

El Segundo, CA (April 10, 2013) – Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) players from across Central America are busy strengthening their Decks in preparation for next month's Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) San José, Costa Rica. Duelists participating at this premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami) can anticipate two days of action-packed Dueling with hundreds of players, traveling from near and far, expecting to compete at the YCS San José, Costa Rica April 20th – 21st.

The head-to-head battles start early Saturday as the First Round of the competition gets underway. Duelists will be playing hard right out of the gate in hopes of making it through in good standing to Sunday's rounds, with all eyes on the ultimate honor, a seat at the Final Round table. The Final Round will showcase the best two Duelists, each playing for the chance to raise the YCS San José, Costa Rica Champion Trophy in victory!

Pre-registration for YCS José will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19th. Players that pre-register and submit a Deck list will be the first to receive the brand-new YCS Token Card, making its debut at YCS Costa Rica! Registration will begin again promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20th. Upon registering, Duelists will receive three Cosmo Blazer booster packs for participating in Konami's YCS San José, Costa Rica. 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 2013 World Championship Qualifier – Continental, of their region.

In addition, Konami will once again hold a Dragon Duel for the younger set (for Duelists born 2000 or later). The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive a special Dragon Duel Champion's Medal, a 2013 Regional Game Mat, a Regional Deck Box, and an invitation to their region's 2013 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier – Continental, where they can earn an invitation to the Dragon Duel World Championship to be played at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship August 10th – 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Event Address:

Hotel Barceló San José Palacio
La Uruca, Urb. Robledal
458-1150 San José, Costa Rica

www.barcelo.com

Duelists can also participate in a wide variety of fun and challenging Public Events to push their Dueling skills to the limit. Running concurrently with the Main Event, will be a full range of Public Events such as 2013 Regional Qualifiers, Battle Pack: Epic Dawn Sealed Pack Tournaments, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Starter Deck: Xyz Symphony Tournaments, Onslaught of the Fire Kings Structure Deck Tournaments and Win-A-Mats just to name a few!

In a first for Latin America, Konami is also pleased to bring the Duelist League Tournament format to the YCS San José, Costa Rica. Duelist League is an event that provides a more casual tournament experience for Duelists who are either new to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG or new to Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournaments. The Duelist League even has its own special Duelist League Rare Prize Card!

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 Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions.

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; Playstation 3 500GB 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 – Xbox 360 Elite 4GB console; 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

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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