Oscar Zavala Outduels Region's At Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Main Event

Top Four Dragon Duel Finalists Receive Invites to '12 Championship Qualifier

El Segundo, CA (February 7, 2012) – Hundreds of Duelists from Mexico and surrounding Latin American countries gathered at the Expo Guadalajara this past weekend with high expectations of winning it all during the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Guadalajara, Mexico. However, after a challenging two days of Dueling, it came down to the final few minutes of play for Oscar Armeria Zavala to emerge victorious over his competitors at the first premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME event of the year from Konami Digital Entertainment (Konami).

During the two-day event, the Expo Guadalajara was teeming with pumped up Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists young and old, all eager to put their Decks and strategies to the ultimate test. Round after Round saw expert play and fierce competition. During Sunday's Rounds, the pairings got more intense as the day progressed and the Final Round was within sight. By the end of the day it was Zavala, age 21, from Morelia versus 18-year-old Bruno Svetco Valle Martinez also from Morelia at the Final Round table, battling for the title of Champion.

Valle brought his powerful Dino Rabbit Deck to the table as Zavala showcased his potent Six Samurai Deck. Both competitors played masterfully, each displaying a solid knowledge and passion for the game but at the end of the Final Round it was Zavala who was able to celebrate the win and be named YCS Champion. He won an Ultra Rare Blood Mefist YCS Prize Card, and invitation to the World Championship Qualifier – Continental of his region and more fabulous prizes.

Additionally, on Saturday, David Roberto Prado Quirarte won the Dragon Duel (for Duelists born 1999 or later) adeptly outplaying his Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG peers to earn a special Dragon Duel Champion's Medal, a 2012 Regional Game Mat, a Card Binder, and an invitation to his region's 2012 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier – Continental, where he can earn an invitation to the inaugural Dragon Duel World Championship to be played at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship this summer. On Sunday, Said Gallegos Barrios earned the same honors.

Every Saturday morning, Duelists can watch the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL animated series as well as classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on TheCW4Kids programming block, the leading Saturday morning kids broadcast network in the United States. Fans can also view their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes at www.CW4Kids.com. For more information on Konami or the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, 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 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.

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 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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