Kris Ferber from Albany, New York Outduels More Than 1200 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Trading Card Game Enthusiasts to Win Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.'s United States 2009 National Championship

Ferber Used a Rescue Cat/Synchro Monster Deck to Hold off Michael Kohanim and Earn the Top Spot and Right to Represent the U.S.
at the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TRADING CARD GAME World Championship In Tokyo

Pittsburgh, PA – (July 14, 2009) – The battle started with more than 1200 Duelists vying for the chance to be crowned the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) U.S. 2009 National Champion. It finished with Kris Ferber from Albany, New York winning it all. Ferber out-battled and outlasted the field to earn the opportunity to represent his country in Tokyo, Japan on August 8th at the Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE) Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TRADING CARD GAME 2009 World Championship.

“We had a tremendously talented field of more than 1200 competitors turn out for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME U.S. National Championship in Pittsburgh,” noted Yumi Hoashi, vice president of Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “We know Kris and the three other finalists will represent the U.S. exceptionally well in Tokyo at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship next month.”

Kris went head-to-head with Michael for the top honors after two days of Dueling. Both were up to the task, utilizing competition ready Decks, Ferber using a Rescue Cat/Synchro Monster theme and Kohanim rocking the Gladiator Beasts, respectively. Kris took home a prize pack that included such items as the 1st Place Trophy; a “Dark End Dragon” Prize Card, a complete set of Raging Battle and a complete set of Ghost Rare cards from Tactical Evolution through Raging Battle, a digital camera, a day of sightseeing in Japan, a popular gaming console and a Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator World Championship 2009 video game, a 2009 National Championship Game Mat, his player profile on Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website, a 2009 National Championship Card Binder and a set of four Ultra Rare Token Cards. In all, the top four U.S. National finalists will receive a paid trip to the World Championship and other prizes, courtesy of KDE.

The road to the U.S. Nationals began in late April at the SHONEN JUMP Championship in Anaheim, California and then progressed through more than 76 Regional Qualifier and Dragon Duel events held around the country. Coverage of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TCG 2009 World Championship will be available online during the event at www.yugioh-com/en/events, for those who are not able to attend.

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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.

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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 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

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