Exciting News About North American 2011 Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game World Championship Qualifier


EL SEGUNDO, CA. – (September 15, 2010) – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami) is excited to announce changes to its global Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) World Championship Qualifiers for North America. Konami has chosen to increase the number of North American participants at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship, by merging the United States and Canadian National Championships into a single North American World Championship Qualifier, which will award six seats at the World Championship.

“With the new changes, we will be sending six North Americans to Duel at the highest, most prestigious level of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG competition, instead of one Canadian and four American Champions,” commented Yumi Hoashi, vice president of Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Each of the Duelists can now tell their peers that they are representing all of North America while facing more challengers to reach the 2011 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship.”

Under the new format, the North American Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship Qualifier will be held in a city accessible to both countries to give as many Duelists as possible the chance to compete at the invitation-only extravaganza.

Konami is dedicated to continue improving upon the gaming experience for all Duelists, from the newest Duelists who are just starting out, to the veteran players who have been competing since the North American release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in 2002. Duelists who are looking for a challenge can find excitement at their local Official Tournament Store, as well as at premier events such as the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, Regional Championships, World Championship Qualifiers and the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship.

For more information on Konami, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifiers, please visit www.yugioh-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 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.

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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