The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Returns to In-Person Events After Two Years Out, Starting in January 2022

Hawthorne, Calif. (October 26, 2021) – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is thrilled to announce the long-awaited return of in-person events for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS), starting in Pasadena, California next year.

Taking place January 15-16, 2022, the Pasadena YCS will be first event of its kind in nearly two years, with the last in-person YCS being held in February 2020.

Well over a thousand Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) players are expected to come together to Duel in the Pasadena Convention Center. They'll battle in a two-day tournament for an array of fantastic prizes and the chance to qualify for the North America World Championship Qualifier (WCQ), with the victors from the WCQ going on to the prestigious Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship.

Prizes include the gaming systems and special prize cards, with the winner picking up an Ultra Rare Duel Link Dragon, the Duel Dragon and the special YCS trophy. And all attending Duelists that pre-register for the YCS will receive a special Game Mat and Promo Card.

Outside of the main tournament, there'll be plenty of things for attendees to enjoy over the course of the weekend, including a Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card booth and popular public events such as Win-A-Mat tournaments and ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!

KONAMI will also be hosting a Remote Duel YCS in Latin America on the same weekend so Duelists in Latin America can participate in their own YCS. More details will be coming soon so please check our

News and announcements about future YCS events will be shared soon. For more information, please

How to enter

Players can register for the event soon at Due to venue size the event can only accommodate 2,000 Duelists. KONAMI requires all attendees 12 years and older to be vaccinated. Attendees under the age of 12 or who provide proof of a medical exemption must instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. Please visit our full COVID-19 policy for more details.

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Today, the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is available across the globe, with products distributed in more than 80 countries and 9 languages, to be enjoyed by fans of all ages.

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