Archive for May, 2015

Press Release: Columbus, Ohio to Host 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series

May 20, 2015

With great intensity and fanfare, the 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) marches into Columbus, Ohio May 23-24. Presented by Konami the YCS is a traveling, premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 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.

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.

The Main Event winner, the two runners-up and winners of Sunday’s two Public Event playoffs will each be awarded a YCS prize card. The Main Event winner will take home an Ultra Rare version of the Ascension Sky Dragon prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions. Additionally, the top ranked Duelists will win a Top Cut Game Mat for this event that matches the artwork of the Ascension Sky Dragon card.

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. 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.

Press Release: KanColle Fully Shipped Out

May 17, 2015

The entire first print run of trading card game English Edition Weiss Schwarz Booster Pack for super-hit Japanese browser game and anime title, Kan Colle, has been fully shipped out on its launch day, May 15, 2015.

In the browser game, players would take on the role of an admiral and lead their Kan Colle fleet girls to battles and victory. The game caught Japan by a storm with the rest of the world riding on the wave immediately. Soon after, a 12-episode anime season was produced, based off the game, in January 2015. The highly anticipated sequel to the anime series was announced before the end of the 12-episode season.

Bushiroad is currently considering a second print run.

Kan Colle Crunchyroll Anime Synopsis:
Set in a world where humanity has lost control of the oceans to the “deep-sea fleet,” the only hope to counter this threat are the Kanmusu, a group of girls who possess the spirit of Japanese warships. The story revolves around Fubuki, a destroyer who comes to the Chinjufu base to train with other Kanmusu. Watch as their stories unfold!

About Weiss Schwarz
Weiss Schwarz is a popular card gaming system in Japan, and features various licensed anime characters, including those from “FAIRY TAIL” and “Sword Art Online.” Upcoming titles also include “Attack on Titan” and “Love Live! School idol festival”. Bushiroad began providing organized play support and expanded English product offerings since June 2013.

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Bushiroad Inc. is an entertainment company known for developing Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight, Detective Milky Holmes, Weiss Schwarz, Chaos TCG and other card games, promotional items, smart phone applications around the world.

Bushiroad USA Inc. was established in Los Angeles, California on May 18, 2012, to better cater to the growing demand and interest in Cardfight!! Vanguard from both players and retailers in the USA.

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG After School Program Returns

May 13, 2015

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), a leader in the trading card game category, will once again partner with Kaleidoscope Youth, Family, Millennials for an interactive, educational, and fun Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) After School Program. KONAMI’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG After School Program began April 20 and runs through the end of the current academic year.

KONAMI’s After School Program is an initiative to teach children, between the ages of eight and eleven years of age, reading, sportsmanship, and mathematical skills in an engaging way outside of the classroom. KONAMI will introduce the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG to a new generation of kids. In this program, a Yu-Gi-Oh! learning kit is being provided to 2,000 After School programs throughout the country. Each kit will contain a Leader Guide for teachers or administrators, a Beginner’s Guide and Game mat for each student, Demo Decks for each student, and a variety of variant Card Packs to be used as rewards.

“The program teaches kids how to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, while reinforcing reading, cognitive and math skills they have been learning throughout the school year,” noted Yumi Hoashi, Vice President of Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “We designed the kits to take the After School children through the basic rules of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, focusing on the battle strategy and how the defense and attack points work. After a few Duels they will be confident enough to master the game and Duel others.”

About Kaleidoscope YFM
Kaleidoscope YFM is an independent marketing agency based in Charleston, SC with 20 years of experience bringing educational, cause, and lifestyle programs to kids, teens, young adults, and parents nationwide. Kaleidoscope programs encourage word-of-mouth advocacy by engaging families in on and offline peer-based environments. Additional information about Kaleidoscope’s services and experience can be found at www.kyfm.com.

Press Release: Konami Digital Entertainment Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Demo Day

May 5, 2015

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), a leader in the trading card game category, is once again pleased to announce Yu-Gi-Oh! Demo Day, an exciting program being held nationwide at Official Tournament Stores (OTS), on May 9, 2015. Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists are encouraged to bring a friend to Demo Day to get a one-of-a-kind item not available anywhere else!

Held at select OTS throughout North and Latin America, Yu-Gi-Oh! Demo Day is designed to give new and novice Duelists a safe and inviting place to learn how to play with others who are also new to the game. Parents are also encouraged to participate in the fun and to see what the Yu-Gi-Oh! Community has to offer. These select Official Tournament Stores will have staff on-site to conduct Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME demonstrations for new Duelists.

New this year is a “Bring a Friend” campaign – current players that refer a new player will receive an exclusive, lenticular, foldable Deck Case only available at Demo Day, plus a random booster pack included in the kit. In addition, new players that were referred to Yu-Gi-Oh! Demo Day will also receive an exclusive lenticular Deck Case, including additional Demo Decks to help them build out their card collection.

“We are excited to offer a new twist to an already successful Yu-Gi-Oh! Demo Day program. The Bring a Friend campaign is a great way to introduce even more players to the game and to Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Organized Play,” said Yumi Hoashi, Vice President of Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Both experienced Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players and novices will find a welcoming environment at Official Tournament Stores to hone their Dueling skills.”

Participating stores for Yu-Gi-Oh! Demo Day can be found here.
The exclusive lenticular Deck Cases will only be available while supplies last.