The New Tournament Season is Going to be Huge in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

All Events Include Dragon Duel Tournaments for Younger Players

El Segundo, Calif. (August 7, 2019) – The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) World Championship 2019 in Berlin, Germany draws the 2018-2019 tournament season to a close, but a new era of competition begins just one week later! A new Forbidden & Limited List brought a “soft reboot” to the Advanced Format and now Duelists across the globe are working hard to come up with new tournament-topping Deck strategies. But they don't have much time! Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is proud to bring the Ultimate Duelist Series – 2019 Summer Invitational (UDS) to Indianapolis, Indiana, where North America's greatest will go head-to-head in a brand-new format. The first big event of the season, the UDS will serve as the jumping-off point for a new age of competition, and a showcase for Dueling creativity.

From there we'll see the return of Regional Qualifiers across dozens of venues, as well as not one, not two, but a whopping four Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) tournaments! Duelists competing in a YCS will compete against the best of the best from all over the world, vying for prizes, pride, and an all-new Championship Prize Card never before seen in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG – the first-ever Prize Card Link Monster, the epic Duel Link Dragon, the Duel Dragon.

Events:

Ultimate Duelist Series – 2019 Summer Invitational
August 16 – 18, 2019
Indiana Convention Center
https://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com/en/ultimateduelist/udsinvitational_FAQs.html

YCS Portland, OR
August 24 – 25, 2019
Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center
https://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com/en/events/2019/YCS_Portland_2019.html

YCS Niagara Falls, ON
September 21 – 22, 2019
Scotiabank Convention Centre
https://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com/en/events/2019/YCS_Niagara_2019.html

YCS Guadalajara, Mexico
September 28 – 29, 2019
Fiesta Guadalajara
https://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com/en/events/2019/YCS-Guadalajara_2019.html

YCS Fort Worth, TX
October 5 – 6, 2019
Fort Worth Convention Center
https://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com/en/events/2019/YCS_FtWorth_2019.html

It all kicks off the weekend of August 16 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis with the UDS 2019 Summer Invitational! All year long, determined Duelists have collected UDS Points through participation in Tier 2 and Tier 3 events like Regional Qualifiers, Dragon Duels, and YCS tournaments. Now it's time to cash in! Competitors with a minimum of 100 UDS Points can redeem them for a seat in the UDS 2019 Summer Invitational main event, where they'll compete for the title of Ultimate Duelist and one of the coolest prizes in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG today: the Ultimate Duelist Championship Title Belt.

Winning a UDS Invitational and hoisting the strap brings special rewards, including paid travel and accommodations (only available to KDE-US territory players) to the next UDS Invitational and VIP status at big events for the life of the UDS program. That means UDS Invitational Champions get to Duel in style with their own special seating, priority tournament coverage and a 2-Round Bye, so they can skip the first two rounds of any Regional Qualifier, Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational or Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event. Add in some incredible exclusives like lanyards, pins, and a luxury cloth game mat only available to UDS attendees, and you've got an incredible weekend for main event contenders and Public Event Duelists alike.

Next up the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series takes over as YCS action invades Portland, Oregon. The UDS in Indianapolis will give us a glimpse of the new format, but YCS Portland throws the doors wide open to all Duelists hungry for competition and fun. Hundreds of Duelists will assemble in Portland for a tournament of firsts: the first-ever Premier Event in Oregon, the first YCS of the new Advanced Format, and the debut of the new YCS Prize Card Duel Link Dragon, the Duel Dragon. YCS Portland will also be the first Premier Event to include cards from the Fists of the Gadgets booster set, launching Friday August 23 just before the YCS. Will the Brotherhood of the Fire Fist bring the heat with their return? Will the “Gadget” monsters wreak mechanized mayhem? We'll find out on August 24 at the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center.

One month later Championship Dueling returns to the Great White North with YCS Niagara Falls! Canadian and American Duelists alike will gather at the Golden Horseshoe to compete for YCS title gold, in a competitive field bolstered by the release of the 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tin and Rising Rampage Special Edition. Competition will be at an all-time high with lots of established strategies, sure, but the ghosts of tournaments past have set the stage for surprising swerves: last year's YCS Niagara Falls was one of the most shocking tournaments of the year with countless rogue Decks stealing the spotlight. It all goes down on September 21 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, so get ready to expect the unexpected.

Just days after the YCS in Canada, focus will shift to sunnier climes. The Fiesta Inn Guadalajara Expo will play host to the first Latin American YCS of the year. Arriving hot on the heels of Legendary Duelists: Immortal Destiny, the final Mexican Championship tournament of the year could become a proving ground for some villainous Decks. New support for Dark Necrofear, “Evil HERO”, and the “Predaplant” monsters are just some of the shadowy threats getting their Championship spotlight start on September 28.

Two weeks later the competition jumps back to the United States with YCS Fort Worth! Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes the Dueling action at what could be one of the biggest, best attended Premier Events of the year. The action starts October 5 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

For younger Duelists looking to compete in their own division, every YCS tournament this season will host two Dragon Duel tournaments on the Saturday and Sunday of the event, for Duelists born 2007 or later. Each tournament will be played in the Advanced Constructed Format, and both Dragon Duel tournaments each weekend will award invitations to the 2020 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier based on attendance. The winning Dragon Duelist from Saturday will compete against Sunday's Dragon Duel winner in a best-of-3 Match, again played with their Advanced Format Constructed Decks. The winner will celebrate with a Dragon Duel Championship Trophy, a Super Rare set of the “Darklord” YCS Prize Cards and will earn the title of YCS Dragon Duel Champion!

A wide array of Public Events will be held all weekend long at every YCS, including 2020 Regional Qualifiers; Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers; 3 vs. 3 Team Tournaments; ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! events; plus Win-A-Mat, Sealed Structure Deck, Sealed Starter Deck, Battle City, Yu-Gi-Oh! Charity Events, Duelist League, Speed Duel Constructed, Speed Duel Sealed and Duel Links tournaments.

Every Saturday and Sunday, Duelists can now watch a new episode of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, on Teletoon in Canada – check local listings for times. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is available subtitled on Crunchyroll and will be simulcast with a new episode available one hour after it is broadcast in Japan, at 6:25AM EST (Simulcast currently available in the US and Latin America). Watch here: http://www.Crunchyroll.com/Yu-Gi-Oh!-vrains!

Additionally, Duelists can watch a new episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V every Saturday on Nicktoons - check local listings for times. In addition, all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's can be seen on www.Yu-Gi-Oh!.com in the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

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 www.Konami.com. KONAMI HOLDINGS 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. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.Konami.com.

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