Dulles Expo & Conference Center in Northern Virginia to Host the Premiere of the Global Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series May 15-16

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Launches Around the World with Three New Prize Cards, Replacing the Successful SHONEN JUMP Championship Series

El Segundo, CA (April 24, 2010) – New name, same exciting competition! With 75 successful Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) SHONEN JUMP Championships domestically and many more internationally, under its belt, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE) has decided to re-launch its flagship event with a title more befitting its championship caliber stature. The SHONEN JUMP Championship Series will now be called the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, as KDE takes this series global.

The first event under the billing of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series will be held at the Dulles Expo & Convention Center in Northern Virginia (Chantilly, VA.). Just a stone's throw from the U.S. Capitol, the Dulles Expo & Convention Center will be home for hundreds of competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists and aspiring champions over the weekend of May 15-16. Countries around the Americas and Europe will be following suit shortly thereafter in their respective nations.

To kick off the worldwide Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series with an even bigger bang, KDE will award no less than three different new prize cards to the winner, as well as to each of the two runners-up and the two winners of the Sunday side event and wild card rounds. Each of these Duelists will receive one copy of each of the three new prize cards: Ultra Rare versions for the winner of the main event, and Super Rare copies for the others. The exact identity of the three new prize cards will be unveiled at the event.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series – Virginia will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. on May 15 for registration, with Round One beginning at 10:00 a.m. The top 16 finalists for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, along with the top Duelists of the Sunday Regional Qualifiers, earn invitations to participate in their respective countries' 2010 National Championships.

Event Address:
Dulles Expo & Convention Center
4368 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Duelists participating in KDE's Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series will receive five The Shining Darkness booster packs upon paying the registration fee of $20.00. As the final list of player prizes is still being confirmed, be sure to regularly visit yugioh-card.com for up-to-the minute details.

Adding to the already stellar weekend of activities, KDE is also hosting a tournament for the new video game, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010 Reverse of Arcadia. This should whet the appetites of those players that are competing in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game National Championship! The company will be giving the top Duelists the choice of their favorite video games released by KDE!

Duelists and attendees alike can also capture their experience by posing with KDE's jumbo-sized Stardust Dragon statue, or test their skills in the various Yu-Gi-Oh! related video games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010 Reverse of Arcadia. Duelists new to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG can get their game up-to-speed with help from a hands-on demo of the wildly-popular Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's DUEL TERMINAL. These arcade-style video game machines can play and teach the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, and dispense unique cards to players.

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

The Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's animated series can be seen in the United States Monday through Saturday on Cartoon Network. The original Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series can be seen Saturday mornings on TheCW4Kids block. For more information on Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or The Shining Darkness, 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 22 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 22 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, and 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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