Michael Stibbins Wins Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Tacoma

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Tacoma Crowns Michael Stibbins Champion

El Segundo, CA (November 27, 2012) – As Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) players gathered in Tacoma last weekend; it was evident that the competition was going to be as fierce as the Northwest weather and contenders unrelenting at this final Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) event of 2012. Methodically outplaying his peers was Michael Stibbins, who deftly advanced round after round at this premier Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event hosted by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami).

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists began Saturday morning in the First Round, carefully testing strategies and long-honed skills, all hoping to advance to Sunday's Final Round. However, it was Stibbins and Norberto Leon that expertly squared off against each other Sunday afternoon.

Leon, from Los Angeles, California, took to the table with his trusted Mermail Atlantean Deck as Mukilteo, Washington's Stibbins relied on his Inzektor Deck. As the crowd watched with keen interest, play steadily continued, each competitor using all his Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG knowledge and expertise. After an exciting series of tug-of-war Duels, Stibbins cut loose an Inzektor Sword which was the final and ultimate demise for Leon.

Stibbins received and Ultra Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry YCS Prize Card; a trophy; paid travel to his World Championship Qualifier and some other awesome prizes.

Additionally, on Saturday, and on Sunday Marion Smith IV from Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington won the Dragon Duel (for Duelists born 2000 or later) showing incredible Dueling skill outplaying his Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG peers, not once but twice! He earned a special Dragon Duel Champion's Medal, a Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel T-Shirt, and an invitation to his region's 2013 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, where he can earn an invitation to the second annual Dragon Duel World Championship to be played at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship in August 2013.

Every Saturday morning, Duelists can watch the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL animated series as well as classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on Vortexx on The CW programming block, the leading Saturday morning kids broadcast network in the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every Friday and Saturday on YTV!

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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