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Christian George and Oliver Hinton Win Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Atlanta


El Segundo, CA (February 6, 2014) –
The Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami) kicked-off 2014 with a bang in Atlanta this past weekend. This premier competitive series drew hundreds of players from across the Southeast who competed against some of the best Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists in the country. After two days of fierce play, it was Christian George and Dragon Duel Champion Oliver Hinton who out-played their peers in the Main Event and Dragon Duel, respectively, earning them the honor of being crowned Champions.

For two days, the Georgia International Convention Center was abuzz with Duelists busy preparing their Decks and tweaking strategies. In a new twist, the Top 16 Duelists drafted their Decks from the War of the Giants – Round 2 set. As the weekend progressed, all eyes turned toward the Final Round that paired Queens, New York native George and David Gancedo hailing from Miami, Florida. Playing with his drafted War of the Giants – Round 2 Deck, George was quite confident that it, and his strategy, would take him all the way. Just as assured was Gancedo as he also turned toward his drafted War of the Giants – Round 2 Deck during this all or nothing round. As the enthusiastic crowd hovered nearby, it was George that proved to be the better of the duo and emerged victorious as the new YCS Atlanta Champion!

In addition to the title of Champion, the winners also earned an amazing set of prizes that included an Ultra Rare Number 106: Giant Hand YCS Prize Card, an exclusive YCS Top Cut Mat, an invitation to the 2014 World Championship Qualifier tournament and much more!

Another fantastic pairing of skill and Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG expertise came as Saturday's Dragon Duel winner Giovanna Calderon and Sunday's Dragon Duel winner Oliver Hinton Dueled it out during the YCS Atlanta Dragon Duel Championship. This event gives Duelists born in 2001 or later, the opportunity to shine and play hard against their peers. Oliver got the job done with his Evilswarm Deck trumping Calderon's Bujin Deck to earn the prestigious title of Dragon Duel Champion.

For more information on Konami or the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630.
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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 subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. 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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