Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH And Upper Deck Announce Upcoming '2008 Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game And Video Game World Champi

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH and Upper Deck Europe announces Amsterdam as the host city for the 2008 European Championship

(April 11, 2008) Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH and Upper Deck Europe, Inc. announced today that the 2008 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament will be held in Berlin, Germany on August 9-10, 2008. Setting the stage for the largest event of its kind in the world, trading card game and video game players from North America, South America, Europe, Oceania and Asia will come together in Berlin to become the world’s best Duelist.

“With Yu-Gi-Oh! continuing to grow at a phenomenal rate, we are delighted to be hosting this year’s World Championship,” offered Kunio Neo, President for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH.“In bringing such an illustrious competition to Germany, we can perfectly illustrate just how important the series is to Konami, and look to introduce even more people to its delights in the coming year.”

“Recognizing the increasing sales and demand from around the world, we are excited to have the World Championship Tournament for the first time in Europe,” said Nico Blauw, CEO of Upper Deck Europe.

Regional tournaments for the Trading Card Game are currently being held all over the world to qualify players to participate in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG National Championship Tournaments. In Europe, the National Champions and the top ranked European players are invited to compete in the 2008 European Championship, which will be held in Amsterdam in early July. Winners from the European Championship and other National Championship tournaments from around the world will then be awarded a chance to become the world’s best Duelist at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship event in 2008. More information on dates and locations for Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Regional tournament events can be found at www.wannaduel.com.

The national tournaments for the video game will be organized in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Participants will use Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008 on Nintendo DS for intense duels. All details will be made available soon via the tournament website http://wc2008.konami-europe.net

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card and video games are products 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 goodfortune are the victors in the game.

With over 1 million currently active players worldwide, cards printed in nine different languages and with over 15.8 billion cards sold worldwide since its launch, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a global phenomenon. In Europe alone, over 2.5 billion cards have been sold since its European introduction in May 2003. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is manufactured by Konami, and is distributed worldwide (with the exception of Asia) by Upper Deck.

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 5 million units of Yu-Gi-Oh!™ video games in Europe since the series' debuted at the end of 2002. Key titles include Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelist of the Roses, with high quality titles available for a host of formats. Millions of duels have been played with Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duel Evolution, the free online game for PC, which receives regular updates at www.yugioh-online.net. The games are recognized for the deeply strategic and challenging gameplay based on the hugely popular Yu-Gi-Oh! universe.


KONAMI CORPORATION was established in 1973, and became a holding company on March 31, 2006. KONAMI CORPORATION covers the fields of "Digital Entertainment Business", "Health&Fitness Business" and "Gaming&System Business". KONAMI CORPORATION went public on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, the Singapore Stock Exchange in 1997, the London Stock Exchange in 1999, and the New York Stock Exchange in 2002. Home Page URL: www.konami.co.jp. Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary, responsible for popular franchises like Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill® and Pro Evolution Soccer™ amongst other top sellers. For more information concerning Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH and its products, please visit www.konami-europe.com/games.

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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