Konami Digital Entertainment's 100th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Event
Shatters World Record For Largest Trading Card Game Tournament
Long Beach, CA Event Had 4,364 Participants; More than 2,137 than Previous
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 26, 2013
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With its far-reaching mass
appeal, strategic game play, and social bonding attributes, Konami Digital
Entertainment, Inc.'s (KONAMI) Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) continues to
capture world records. Previously named the World's Best-Selling Trading Card
Game of all time in 2011 with more than 25 billion cards sold, the Yu-Gi-Oh!
TCG once again earned top honors by the record-keepers, receiving a GUINNESS
WORLD RECORDS® title for holding the world's Largest trading card game
tournament. Konami's record-setting tournament involved 4,364 participants,
effectively crushing the previous record by 2,137 entrants!
"This record for the largest trading card game tournament further shows the
massive appeal of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME not only in the United
States but around the globe," commented Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami
Digital Entertainment, Inc. "We are honored that the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD
GAME continues to grow and maintain the top positions in GUINNESS WORLD
RECORDS. We look forward to strengthening our position as the best-selling
trading card game of all time and breaking additional attendance records for
our organized play events in the future!"
On March 24-25, 2012 KONAMI held the 100^th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series
(YCS) at the Long Beach Convention Center (Long Beach, CA) with an estimated
3,000 players expected to battle for the top prize. The event was held to
commemorate the 100^th premier level Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Tournament
in the World since the game's inception in 2002. However, during
pre-registration, there were already more than 2,000 participants entered,
thus giving credence to the thought "a world record could be looming." With
the registration completed and game play set to commence, it was determined
there would be a need to utilize an adjacent convention hall to accommodate
the thousands of players vying for the championship and the glory that
accompanies winning the 100^th YCS.
Every Saturday morning, Duelists can watch the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL
animated series as well as classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on Vortexx on The CW
programming block, the leading Saturday morning kids broadcast network in the
United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL
every Friday and Saturday on YTV!
For more information on Konami or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please
visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630.
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
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 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.
Williams Group Public Relations
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