Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Heads to America's Finest City – San Diego, California April 6th-7th

Upon Registration Duelists Receive An Event-Exclusive Game Mat; Konami will host Deck-Building Clinics on Sunday

El Segundo, CA (April 3, 2013) – The Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami) heads to “America's Finest City,” San Diego, California for the third stop of the company's 2013 premier-level competitive series. YCS San Diego is expected to draw hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) players from all over the Western United States and Mexico April 6th-7th and will unveil several ‘firsts’ – the company will host Deck-building clinics for attendees and, the day one Main Event will utilize sealed decks to emphasis gameplay and strategy.

“The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series provides Duelists with an intense action-filled weekend of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG gameplay, where everyone will start from a common beginning point with the same number of packs” noted Yumi Hoashi, Vice President of Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Duelists will test their skills and strategies as they compete head-to-head against some of the best players in the country. By using sealed Decks, the emphasis shifts to how well each individual Duelist plays and not which cards are in their portfolio.”

Duelists should make time to pre-register for the YCS San Diego Main Event from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5th, as those players that pre-register will receive an event-exclusive YCS San Diego Game Mat! Registration will begin again promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6th. Upon registering, Duelists will receive ten Battle Pack: Epic Dawn booster packs to build their Deck for Konami's YCS San Diego.

No constructed deck? No worries! Even those without a constructed deck can get in on the excitement. The first day of YCS San Diego will be a Sealed Deck format using the Battle Pack: Epic Dawn booster packs, with nine Swiss rounds on Day 1. Everyone with at least 19 Match Points will advance to Day Two (three Points for a Win, one Point for a Draw, and 0 Points for a Loss). The second day of YCS San Diego will be played using Advanced Constructed rules and all Duelists who advance will have a fresh record, where each contestant will battle for five Swiss rounds followed by a cut to the Top 32.

The Deck-building clinics, held on Sunday, are a perfect format for budding Duelists to learn how to build a Deck. Giving tips and strategies, the Deck-building experts will teach players how to build a Deck and how to incorporate cards from new and old releases into their Decks.

In addition, Konami will once again hold Dragon Duels for the younger players (for Duelists born in 2000 or later) on Saturday and Sunday. The top four players in each of the Dragon Duel events will receive a special Dragon Duel Champion's Medal, a Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel t-shirt and an invitation to their 2013 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. Those who attend the Qualifier have the chance to earn an invitation to the second annual Dragon Duel World Championship to take place at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada August 10th – 11th.

Duelists can also participate in a wide variety of fun and challenging Public Events to push their Dueling skills to the limit! Konami will be conducting a host of events such as Regional Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mats, Duelist League, Onslaught of the Fire Kings Structure Deck Tournaments, and Sealed Pack Tournaments for Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, featuring exclusive Starfoil prize cards only available at premier events. In addition, for the beginning Duelists, Konami will be holding a Deck-building clinic, to teach the basics on building a Deck to younger Duelists in attendance.

The Main Event winner, the two runners-up and winners of Sunday's two Public Event playoffs will each be awarded a YCS prize card. The Main Event winner will take home an Ultra Rare version of the Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions.

Event Address:
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive
Exhibit Hall C
San Diego, CA 92101

Prizing Information:

1st place – Ultra Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry YCS Prize Card; Trophy; Paid travel to their World Championship Qualifier (if underage, then winner and guardian) or a local-market YCS (flight and accommodations) if the Duelist has already won an earlier YCS in the current year; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; 500GB game console; and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier tournament
2nd place –Super Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry YCS Prize Card; 32GB Tablet PC with redemption codes for Konami Mobile games; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier
3rd place – Super Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry YCS Prize Card; 32GB Touch Screen MP3 Player with redemption codes for Konami Mobile games; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier
4th place – 32GB touch-screen MP3 Player; Konami game codes to be used on the touch-screen MP3 player; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier
5th – 8th place – 4GB video game console with YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier
9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Cosmo Blazer; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier

If attendance exceeds 513 Duelists:

17th – 32nd place – YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2013 World Championship Qualifier

Duelists unable to participate in YCS San Diego can check out live online coverage of the event provided by Konami staff at www.yugioh-card.com/en/events.

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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