2013 South American Champion Carlos Andres Perez Padilla to Travel to the United States as Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Champion

Jul 9th 2013
South American Dragon Duel Champion Juan Luis Alva Cuadros from Lima, Peru also to Compete at 2013 World Championship

El Segundo, CA (July 8, 2013) – This past weekend at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) 2013 South American World Championship Qualifier in Guayaquil, Ecuador, throngs of skilled Duelists from all corners of South America played the best games of their lives in hopes of capturing the title of South American Champion. After two exciting days of play, Carlos Andres Perez Padilla and Juan Luis Alva Cuadros were thrilled to emerge with the top honors of being crowned Champions. Hosted by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami) this premier-level event provided the opportunity for Duelists to earn the right to represent South America at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) August 10th -11th.

South America's best Duelists traveled to Ecuador to compete in this world class event, but it was Ecuador's own Perez Padilla who had the tenacity, skill and an impressive Dragon Ruler Deck that proved to be the winning combination at Sunday's Final Round of the Main Event. With both final competitors playing to win, it came down to Lima, Peru's Omar Carlos Edmundo Ramirez y de Montenegro Lui and his well-worn Spellbook Deck, with Peres Padilla methodically plotting his strategy out-playing Montenegro Lui. The victory propelled Perez Padilla to the top spot and the privilege of representing South America at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship as 2013 South American WCQ Champion. He won a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, a spectacular set of prizes that include complete sets of Cosmo Blazer and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy, two Super Rare copies of Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry – YCS Prize Card, a 64GB iPad, a personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship jersey to be awarded at the World Championship, and six Booster Packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy.

Lima, Peru's Juan Luis Alva Cuadros had an impressive win over his peers to earn the coveted title of South American Dragon Duel Champion during the weekend's Dragon Duel tournaments (for Duelists born in 2000 or later). Alva Cuadros, strategically playing a customized Deck full of cards specifically chosen to counteract the most popular current Decks to expertly defeat his opponents, secured an invitation to the Dragon Duel World Championship on August 10th -11th. In addition to winning a trip to Las Vegas for him and a guardian, he also received an amazing prize pack including complete sets of Cosmo Blazer and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy, a Super Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry – YCS Prize Card, a 64GB iPad, and a personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship jersey to be awarded at the World Championship.

The 2013 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship will be held at Bally's Las Vegas, Nevada (www.ballyslasvegas.com). Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fans and families and friends of participating Duelists are encouraged to come cheer on the players. Throughout the weekend, spectators and players alike can enjoy a host of challenging and fun Public Events to hone their Dueling abilities. Konami will be running events such as 2014 Regional Qualifiers, 2014 Dragon Duel Qualifiers, and ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! There will even be some carnival-type games to add to the fun!

Duelists can tune in every Saturday morning for the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal animated series and classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on Vortexx on The CW in the United States. In addition, classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes air weekdays on Nicktoons, along with Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal airing on the network Saturday and Sunday mornings. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal every Friday and Saturday on YTV!

For more information on Konami, the South American WCQ or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, 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 B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. 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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