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NASHVILLE NAMED AS HOST CITY FOR THE
Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME NORTH AMERICAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER

Konami to Hold Two FREE Last Chance Qualifiers for Dragon Duelists

Attendees Can Meet Several of the Voice Actors
from the Original Yu-Gi-Oh! Series

El Segundo, Calif. (June 24, 2015) – Nashville is commonly referred to as Music City, but for three days in June, it will be regarded as “Yu-Gi-Oh! City!” With bragging rights on the line, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) North American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) 2015 and North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier (for those born 2002 or later) rolls into Nashville, Tennessee June 27-28.

Presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), the North American World Championship Qualifiers are premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG competitive tournaments leading up to the two Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championships in Kyoto, Japan.  The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a game made famous by the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated TV series.
The first place through sixth place finishers from the North American WCQ and first and second place finalists in the North American Dragon Duel WCQ will be invited to the World Championships in Kyoto, Japan in August 2015. The winners from both WCQs will receive paid travel and accommodations, along with a host of other prizes listed below, and the title of “North American Champion 2015.”

The North American WCQ and North American Dragon Duel WCQ are both an invitation-only event, but there is hope for those that haven’t yet qualified. On Friday, June 26, KONAMI will host a Last-Chance Qualifier for Duelists trying to earn an invite to the WCQ.  Only Duelists who do not already have an invite to the WCQ may participate in the Last Chance WCQ. The actual WCQ itself will begin on Saturday, June 27.  In addition, KONAMI will be holding two FREE Last Chance Qualifiers for Dragon Duel competitors (for those born in 2002 or later) on Friday at 11:00 a.m. and again 2:00 p.m.

Pre-registration for the North American WCQ and North American Dragon Duel WCQ events will run from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26 and registration will continue promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, with Round One starting at 10:00 a.m. Every registered Duelist will receive a World Championship Qualifier Game Mat and a pack of World Championship Qualifier Card Sleeves.

Event Address:

Nashville Music City Center
Hall D
201 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.nashvillemusiccitycenter.com/

Piling on the excitement of the championship weekend, Darren Dunstan, the voice actor of Maximillion Pegasus and Jonathan Todd Ross, the voice actor of Marik Ishtar and Yami Marik on the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, will be present at the North American WCQ. Not only will fans not want to miss Pegasus and Marik playing an exciting Live Duel scheduled for Sunday, but they will also be available at specific times during the weekend to sign autographs!

A full range of other Public Events such as 2016 Regional Qualifiers,  Starter Deck, Structure Deck, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, Tag Team Dueling, Duelist League, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, and Beta Format Win-A-Mat Tournaments will be held throughout the weekend.

To top it off, there are a host of other cool things to do at the North American World Championship Qualifier this year.  KONAMI will have a photo booth set up where you can make your own personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card using one of the many new card designs.  A unique Yu-Gi-Oh! video game, Duel Dash, that uses XBox Kinect to navigate your way through a virtual obstacle course as a Kuriboh while activating Spell and Trap cards, will also be on hand. Lastly, there will be demos of our upcoming PlayStation®4 and Xbox One game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist, playable for the first time ever before its release! 

Prizing Information North American WCQ:

•      1st place – A Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship; Travel and accommodations; Complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; 64 GB iPad; personalized shirt; additional Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card; and 72 packs from recent booster sets
•      2nd place – A Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship; Travel and accommodations; Complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; 64 GB iPad; personalized shirt; additional Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card; and 48 packs from recent booster sets
•      3rd & 4th place – A Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship; Travel and accommodations; Complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; 64 GB iPad; personalized shirt; additional Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card; and 36 packs from recent booster sets
•      5th & 6th place – A Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship; Travel and accommodations; Complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; 64 GB iPad; personalized shirt; additional Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card; and 24 packs from recent booster sets
•      7th & 8th place – A Championship Trophy; 32GB iPad mini; and 24 packs from recent booster sets
•      9th – 16th placeComplete set of Crossed Souls and 24 booster packs from recent sets
•      The Top 32 – Will receive a Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Ascension Sky Dragon

Prizing Information North American Dragon Duel WCQ:

•      1st place – A Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship; Travel and accommodations; Complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; 64 GB iPad; personalized shirt; additional Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card; and 48 packs from recent booster sets
•      2nd place – A Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship; Travel and accommodations; Complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; 64 GB iPad; personalized shirt; additional Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card; and 36 packs from recent booster sets
•      3rd & 4th place – A Championship Trophy; complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; and 24 packs from recent booster sets
•      5th – 8th place – A Championship Trophy; and 12 packs from recent booster sets
•      The Top 8 – Will receive a Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Ascension Sky Dragon

Duelists unable to participate in the North American WCQ and North American Dragon Duel WCQ can view the live stream of feature matches and Top Cut matches on Saturday, June 27th from 10:00AM CST and Sunday, June 28th from 9:00AM CST.  The stream will be available on our official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialYuGiOhTCG and official Twitch channel at http://www.twitch.tv/officialyugiohchannel. There will also be round-by-round online coverage of this event, including feature matches, a photo gallery, Deck analysis and more at www.yugioh-card.com/en/events. Even if you’re unable to make it to the event, you can still be part of the action as the coverage page is updated with live content from the tournament site. 

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.

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 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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Media Contact:
Fernando Bustamante
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
BF58980@konami.com

Don Williams
Williams Group Public Relations
(760) 707-4589

don@williamsgrouppr.com

 

 

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