2008 World Championships: Europe

TCGplayer Staff



Konami Digital Entertainment and Upper Deck Entertainment to Bring the
2008 World Championship to Europe for the First Time

CARLSBAD, CA and EL SEGUNDO, CA (October 23, 2007) – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE) and Upper Deck Entertainment (UDE) today announced that the 6th Annual Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships for both the trading card game and the video game will be held in Europe for the first time in 2008. The date and location for the tournaments will be announced at a later date.

Representing countries from around the globe, the world's best Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and video game players will meet face-to-face to battle for the coveted titles of “Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game World Champion” and “Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game World Champion.”

“Konami Digital Entertainment is excited about bringing the 6th Annual Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship to Europe,” said Kazumi Kitaue, Chairman of Konami Digital Entertainment. This year's video game champion came from Germany and last year's trading card game champion came from Italy, which clearly indicates that Yu-Gi-Oh! is a global phenomenon.” Top Duelists from Regional and online tournaments will be awarded invitations to the TCG and video game National Championship events held in their own country, and the winners from these National Championship tournaments will receive a seat at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship event in 2008.

Regional tournaments for the TCG are currently being held around the world to qualify players to participate in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG National Championship Tournament. Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008 for the Nintendo DS will be the video game used in a series of regional tournaments held worldwide to select the finalists for the world championship.

“Since 2003, the World Championship Tournamentevent has been held in Japan or the U.S.,” said Nico Blauw, President of Upper Deck Europe. “Due to a steady and broad increase of sales and popularity worldwide, we are very excited to offer the European players a chance to witness the world's best Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and video game contenders duke it out to be named the #1 player in the world.”

Information on dates and locations for Regional Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournament events can be found at www.wannaduel.com. Information on dates and locations for the online Yu-Gi-Oh! video game tournament events can be found at www.YuGiOhUSChampionships.com.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 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 game. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is manufactured by Konami, and is distributed worldwide (with the exception of Asia) by Upper Deck.
As the official software of the 2008 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Tournament, World Championship 2008 features two exciting game modes – World Championship and Duel World mode, where players can venture through events, meet duel spirits and purchase new cards to strengthen their decks and card strategies. World Championship 2008 also features three exclusive trading cards, and players can duel online via the Nintendo DS Wi-Fi Connection.

About Yu-Gi-Oh!™

The Yu-Gi-Oh!™ franchise is based on the Yu-Gi-Oh!™ comic series from artist Kazuki Takahashi that first appeared in Japan in 1996. It is currently being serialized in SHONEN JUMP, the monthly manga magazine published by VIZ Media. The comic spawned a hit cartoon TV show, a top-selling trading card game, popular video games and other licensed merchandise. Yu-Gi-Oh!™ follows the adventures of Yugi, a young boy who possesses the "Millennium Puzzle" that allows him to transform into the "Duelist King" whenever he is challenged.

The object of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is to win a match (which consists of three Duels) by reducing an opponent's “life points” from 8,000 to zero. This is accomplished through a series of turns using a deck with a minimum of 40 cards and a combination of strategy, skill and luck. Three main types of cards are used in Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Monster Cards, Spell Cards and Trap Cards, with each category being further divided into sub-categories. For more information on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or Upper Deck Entertainment, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or www.ude.com.

Konami has shipped more than 4 million units of Yu-Gi-Oh!(tm) video games in North America since the series' debut in March 2002, including such popular games as Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelist of the Roses, and more. The games are recognized for the deeply strategic and challenging gameplay based on the mega-popular Yu-Gi-Oh! universe.

About Konami
Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill®, Dance Dance Revolution® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. 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.

About Upper Deck
Founded in 1988, the Upper Deck Company is the leading sports and entertainment publishing company and delivers a portfolio of relevant, innovative and multi-dimensional product experiences to sports collectors and entertainment enthusiasts.

Upper Deck Entertainment (UDE) is a division of Upper Deck and specializes in award-winning entertainment collectible trading cards and games such as the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, and World of Warcraft®, Marvel, and DC Comics TCG's.

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