The Steel City (Pittsburgh) Braces for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.'s Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Trading Card Game United States 2009 National Championship July 10-12

Jun 29th 2009
The Nation's Most Skilled Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TRADING CARD GAME Duelists Will Compete for Top Honors
and the Opportunity to Represent the U.S. At the World Championship In Tokyo

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is World's Most Popular Trading Card Game with More than 20 Billion Cards Sold Since Game's Inception in 1998

El Segundo, CA (June 29, 2009) –Primarily known for its majestic steel bridges that lead into the city, its steel manufacturing plants, and its major sports teams, Pittsburgh will now be known as the home of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.'s (KDE) Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TRADING CARD GAME United States 2009 National Championship. Hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists will converge on Pittsburgh to prove that they are the best TCG players in the world.

“We are expecting some truly epic game play moments from the hundreds of worthy Duelists competing in the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TRADING CARD GAME U.S. National Championship in Pittsburgh,” commented Yumi Hoashi, Vice President for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Pittsburgh is a fantastic city with a lot to offer and has a terrific facility for hosting an event of this magnitude.”

The road to the U.S. Nationals began in late April at the SHONEN JUMP Championship in Anaheim, California then progressed through more than 76 Regional Qualifier and Dragon Duel events held around the country. In Pittsburgh, 900 aspiring champion Duelists will be battling to be named a U.S. National Champion, the top four finalists will be invited to compete in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship in Tokyo, August 8th and 9th. Live coverage of the U.S. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TCG 2009 National Championship will be available online during the event at www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-com/en/events, for those who are not able to attend.

Event information:
Where: David L Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
When: July 10-12
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Entry into the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2009 National Championship is FREE for Duelists who have qualified for the event through official KDE Regional Qualifiers, the KDE Anaheim SHONEN JUMP Championship, and KDE Dragon Duel tournaments; however there will be a cost for side events, participants will receive Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME booster packs equal to the cost of participation.

Prizing information:
1st Place – Travel and accommodations to Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship held in Tokyo, Japan; Trophy; “Dark End Dragon” Prize Card; Complete set of Raging Battle and a complete set of Ghost Rare cards from Tactical Evolution through Raging Battle; Digital Camera; Day of sightseeing in Japan; Nintendo DSi™ with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator World Championship 2009 game; 2009 National Championship Game Mat; Player Profile on Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website; 2009 National Championship Card Binder; Set of four Ultra Rare Token Cards

• 2nd place – Travel and accommodations to Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship held in Tokyo, Japan; Trophy; Complete set of Raging Battle and a complete set of Ghost Rare cards from Tactical Evolution through Raging Battle; Digital Camera; Day of sightseeing in Japan; Nintendo DSi™ with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator World Championship 2009 game; 2009 National Championship Game Mat; Player Profile on Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website; 2009 National Championship Card Binder; Set of four Ultra Rare Token Cards

• 3rd place – Travel and accommodations to Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship held in Tokyo, Japan; Trophy; Complete set of Raging Battle; Digital Camera; Day of sightseeing in Japan; 2009 National Championship Game Mat; Player Profile on Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website; 2009 National Championship Card Binder; Set of four Ultra Rare Token Cards

• 4th place – Travel and accommodations to Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship held in Tokyo, Japan; Trophy; Complete set of Raging Battle; Digital Camera; Day of sightseeing in Japan; 2009 National Championship Game Mat; Player Profile on Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website; 2009 National Championship Card Binder; Set of four Ultra Rare Token Cards

• 5th – 8th place – Trophy; Nintendo Wii™ Console with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breaker video game; 2009 National Championship Game Mat; 2009 National Championship Card Binder; Set of four Ultra Rare Token Cards

• 9th – 16th place – Nintendo DSi™ with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator World Championship 2009 video game; 2009 National Championship Game Mat; 2009 National Championship Card Binder; Set of four Ultra Rare Token Cards

• 17th – 32nd place – 2009 National Championship Game Mat; 2009 National Championship Card Binder; Set of four Ultra Rare Token Cards

• 33rd – Last place – 2009 National Championship Game Mat; Set of four Ultra Rare Token Cards

KDE will offer 16-player Last Chance Regional Qualifier flights on Friday to give Duelists without invites the opportunity to qualify for the U.S. National Championship. Additionally, all weekend long, there will be exciting Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG side events which include Win-a-Mat tournaments, Team Dueling, Dragon Duel events and a Dragon Duel Championship Tournament for Duelists aged 12 and under. Sunday will also feature the first Regional Qualifier for the United States 2010 season.

For more information on Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or the SHONEN JUMP Championship series, please visit www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 20 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®, Dance Dance Revolution® 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 20 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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