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El Segundo, Calif. (May 18, 2015) – With great intensity and fanfare, the 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) marches into Columbus, Ohio May 23-24. Presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), the YCS is a traveling, premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME competitive tournament, a game made famous by the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series.  The YCS Series has drawn hundreds of players to each event since 2004 and KONAMI again expects a large turnout for the 150th celebration.

Adding to the allure of the big weekend event, KONAMI has created a special Participation Game Mat available for Duelists and Dragon Duel competitors that have submitted their registration form, entry fee, and valid, legal Deck List.  Game Mats will be distributed at pre-registration and registration, while supplies last. In addition, Eric Stuart, the voice of Seto Kaiba from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series, will be on hand to meet with fans during his scheduled autograph session. Please visit the event FAQ for the autograph signing schedule http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/2015/YCS_150th_Columbus.html.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center will look to contain packs of confident Duelists ranging from novices to sage veterans, as they battle head-to-head for a plethora of exciting prizes. Duelists will use Advanced Constructed Decks throughout the weekend. Hopeful of becoming a part of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG history, Duelists will enter the doors on Saturday morning looking to take their shot at Yu-Gi-Oh! immortality. Duelists will put their practice and Deck-building skills up against some of the best players the game has to offer for the chance to advance to the Final Round on Sunday and the opportunity to Duel for the title of 150th YCS Champion. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest, most sought-after prize card: Ascension Sky Dragon.  To this day it remains one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

With the newest products available to the public – the Crossed Souls and World Superstars booster sets and Premium Gold: Return of the Bling – YCS Columbus will be an incubator of sorts for live game-testing as Duelists unveil brand new strategies and Decks. Duelists will need to devote extra attention to see how the inclusion of the new cards from these products impacts the YCS standings!

YCS Columbus will be the fifth YCS to feature Duelists who have qualified for VIP treatment via the VIP Qualifier tournaments only available at Top Performing Official Tournament Stores (OTS). VIP Duelists will receive free entry to the YCS, reserved seating, additional match coverage, and a two-round bye in the Main Event.

Pre-registration for YCS Columbus will run from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22 and registration will continue promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23.  Upon registering, Duelists will receive five booster packs of Crossed Souls for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Columbus.  Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2015 World Championship Qualifier.  YCS Columbus will be an all constructed event. KONAMI has capped the participation at 2,100 Duelists for this Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series so everyone who has pre-registered and registered will receive the special Participation Game Mat.

Event Address:

Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High Street, Exhibit Hall D
Columbus, OH 43215

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2002 or later). Dragon Duel competitors will also receive the special Participation Game Mat upon pre-registration and registration. The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed, using Battle Pack 3: Monster League, where each Duelist is given nine sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck.  The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners’ medals, a Dragon Duel T-Shirt, and a 2015 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to the 2015 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best two-out-of-three match using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced Constructed format, to determine the weekend’s overall winner and a chance at the ultimate prize: to hoist the Dragon Duel Champion’s trophy and the coveted title of YCS Dragon Duel Champion! Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

A new Public Event that debuted earlier this year is the Beta Format Win-A-Mat. This Special Format Win-A-Mat will be a new challenge for Duelists, in which the number of Summons per turn is reduced. Duelists will use Advanced Format rules for Deck Construction and are allowed a maximum of three Summons per turn: one Normal Summon/Set, one Special Summon from the Extra Deck, and one "other" Special Summon. KONAMI has created two unique Win-A-Mats, one for each type of Win-A-Mat event.

Additionally, a full range of other Public Events such as Regional Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Battle Pack, and Battle City Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

Prizing Information:

•      1st place – Ultra Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel to their World Championship Qualifier (if underage, then winner and guardian); Exclusive 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier tournament
•      2nd place – Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; 32 GB Tablet PC; Exclusive 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
•      3rd & 4th place – Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft; Exclusive 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
•      5th – 8th place – Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; Nintendo 3DS XL system; Download code of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival; Exclusive 150th YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
•      9th – 16th place – Complete set of Crossed Souls; Exclusive 150th YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier

If attendance exceeds 513 Duelists:

•      17th – 32nd place – Exclusive 150th YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
All Participants will receive:
•      150th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Participation Game Mat*; 5 booster packs of Crossed Souls

Duelists unable to participate in YCS Columbus can check out online coverage of the event provided by KONAMI staff at www.yugioh-card.com/en/events. In addition, a Live Stream will also be part of the event coverage; more information will be available at a later date, please check the event FAQ page for updates http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/2015/YCS_150th_Columbus.html.

Duelists can watch 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 on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airs twice on Sundays on Nicktoons. Check local TV listings for upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episodes.  In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI, the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-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.


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


Media Contact:
Fernando Bustamante
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Don Williams
Williams Group Public Relations
(760) 707-4589


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