Long Beach, CA to Host Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship

EL SEGUNDO, CA. – (August 3, 2010) – The world's best and brightest Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) and Video Game players are coming to Long Beach, CA to battle for Konami Digital Entertainment's (KDE) top Yu-Gi-Oh! honors of the year. After 12 months of tournaments and hundreds of Qualifying events across the globe, the greatest players will bring their best Yu-Gi-Oh! Decks and skills to Long Beach in hopes of being crowned 2010 World Champion.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship will include the top players from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Asia, Oceania and Europe to compete for the coveted title of Champion. Due to its collectability and strong game play, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG has become the world's number one selling trading card game of all time* with more than 22 BILLION cards sold and enjoyed by millions of players on every inhabited continent.

The final quest to reign supreme begins on August 14 as the World Championship unfolds over the course of the weekend. KDE is also offering public events open to everyone - for those not participating in the World Championship. Attendees can participate in various events like Regional Qualifiers, King of the Hill events, and (for Duelists Age 12 & under) Dragon Duels. There will also be activities for Yu-Gi-Oh! fans looking for something more casual than a tournament setting. Special World Championship 2010 packs will also be given away to select participants.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game World Championship will also be held pitting world-class Duelists from around the globe on the center stage. Competitors have battled for months, to make it to the World Championship event with a single goal, to be crowned the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Champion. Competitions leading up to the finale have been played using Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia, allowing Duelists to completely craft a customized Deck worthy of making it to the World Championships.

Attendees can also pose for pictures with the Duel Runner, Stardust Dragon, or get their own personalized token card created. The Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's DUEL TERMINAL arcade-style machines and the latest upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! video game titles will also be present. And there will be a place for parents and chaperones to rest in the Parent's Lounge while their young Duelists are showing off their skills. Additionally, there will be three anime rooms showing videos from each of the three Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series, and a Sneak Preview of the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D movie! In addition, Greg Abbey, the voice actor for Yusei, from the wildly popular animated series Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's will be in attendance all weekend.

Event Information

Where: Long Beach Convention Center

Rooms 102, 103, 104, and the Grand Ballroom

300 East Ocean Blvd

Long Beach, CA 90802

When: August 14-15, 2010

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME & Video Game World Championship

Day 1 (August 14)

Times: Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME & Video Game World Championship

Day 2 (August 15)

Times: Starts at 9:45 a.m.

Cost: Admission to the venue for the public is FREE, as are ALL public events.

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

* The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME reached this lofty achievement in April 2009 as sales exceeded 22,587,728,173 cards and proudly entered the Guinness World Records™ on July 7th, 2009.

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, 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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