San Jose, Costa Rica to Host Konami Digital Entertainment's Celebrated Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game World Championship Qualifier 2011 for Central America

Hundreds of Duelists from around the Central Continent to attend this prestigious Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME event

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (June 24, 2011) – Traveling in from cities large and small, representing 24 Central American Continental countries, including the Caribbean and Mexico, more than 300 avid Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) players are expected to descend on this capital city to vie for the title of Continental Champion at this weekend's World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) 2011 in San Jose.

The winner will also be invited to compete in Konami Digital Entertainment's (Konami) esteemed World Championship in the European city of Amsterdam in August where players from around the world will compete for the esteemed title of World Champion. Another World Championship Qualifier will be held in Brazil, to choose the South American representative for the World Championship early next month.

For many, this WCQ is a culmination of months of practice, preparation and sharpening of game strategies. Now, Duelists will put it all on the line, hoping that their fine-tuned Decks and “A” game will be enough to win it all.

The San Jose World Championship Qualifier will also offer exciting Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG public events on Saturday and Sunday that include Win-A-Mat tournaments, Pegasus League: Deck Challenge events, and Attack of the Giant Card!! for all ages, and Dragon Duel tournaments for Duelists aged 12 and under. There will also be 2012 Regional Qualifier tournaments on Sunday.

Event Information

Where: Costa Rica Tennis Club Sabana sur, costado este de la Contraloría General de la República, Apdo. 4965-1000 San José, Costa Rica.

When: June 24 Last Chance World Championship Qualifier: 14:00 – 20:00 Pre-registration for WCQ: 16:00 – 19:00

June 25 Registration: 08:00 – 09:45 World Championship Qualifier Day 1: 10:00 Public Events: 13:00 – 18:00

June 26 World Championship Qualifier Day 2: 10:00 Public Events: 11:00 – 19:00

Cost: The World Championship Qualifier is by invitation only and there is an entry fee for all Public Events.

Prizing information:•

1st place –Travel and accommodations to Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship to be held in Amsterdam; Trophy; complete set of Gold Series 4 including all three game mats; a complete set of Secret Rare Viz promo cards; tablet PC•

2nd place –Trophy; complete set of Gold Series 4 including all three game mats; complete set of Extreme Victory; Secret Rare set of Viz promo cards; video game system•

3rd – 4th place –Trophy; Complete set of Gold Series 4 including all three game mats; complete set of Extreme Victory, Secret Rare set of Viz promo cards•

5th – 8th place – Trophy; Complete set of Gold Series 4 including all three game mats•

9th – 16th 6 packs each of DREV, STBL, STOR, EXVC• Top 16 Super Rare set of YCS prize cards• Top Cut – Top Cut Game Mat

Additionally, all players will receive a pack of World Championship Qualifier 2011 Sleeves and a World Championship Qualifier 2011 Game Mat simply for participating. For more information on Konami, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or country specific Championship series event details, please visit

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 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 25 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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