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Press Release: Bushiroad Announces New Cardfight!! Vanguard Animation and Products for 2019

February 11, 2019

Bushiroad recently announced information about upcoming animation series and products releasing in the year of 2019 for its popular trading card game and animation franchise, “Cardfight!! Vanguard”.

Animation

Adapted from the titular manga by Akira Itō, the current animation season of “Cardfight!! Vanguard” will reach its conclusion in April 2019. Starting in May, the new season, “High School Arc Cont.”, will feature new stories about prominent characters from the series: Kourin Tatsunagi, Kai Toshiki, and Kouji Ibuki. These stories take place after the resolution of the crisis wrought by the main antagonist Brandt that is currently airing.

Both the opening and ending songs for the “High School Arc Cont.” season will be performed by RAISE A SUILEN, the third live band from BanG Dream!. BanG Dream! is Bushiroad’s multi-media franchise consisting of mobile phone game, live band performances, manga, and animation series.

The latest episodes for “Cardfight!! Vanguard” are available on the official Cardfight!! Vanguard YouTube Channel.

Product

Since the introduction of the new Standard format in June 2018, all 24 clans from the trading card game “Cardfight!! Vanguard” have been released in successive products.

Monsters, or “units” in “Cardfight!! Vanguard” belong to groups known as “clans”. There are 24 clans in the game, and together they are divided into 6 nations.

As Bushiroad introduces, in 2019, development plans are scheduled to extend the existing game mechanisms while strengthening each clan. From June 2019 to May 2020, all 24 clans are scheduled for release, with more details to be unveiled in the future.

Currently, there are two formats available for the game: Premium format is where players can play with all cards that have been released, whereas Standard format only allows players to use cards featuring the “v” symbol on the cards.

Bushiroad also reveals information of the upcoming “Extra Booster Vol.7: The Heroic Evolution” product. The Link Joker, Kagero, and Nova Grappler clans included in this product are the clans Kouji Ibuki, Toshiki Kai, and Taishi Miwa use in the animation.

Moreover, Bushiroad announces a new product featuring cards developed specifically for the Premium format, “Premium Collection 2019”. This new product includes new G units for all 24 clans, in addition to 6 brand new G units for the 6 nations. G unit is a type of unit that can only be used in the Premium format.

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Press Release: New Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Products Highlighted at the 116th Annual North American International Toy Fair

February 10, 2019

Konami is excited to unveil its 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product lineup at the 116th Annual North American International Toy Fair February 16-19. The company will be showcasing products from this year’s first and second quarters in booth #5427 at the Javits Center in New York City.

“Toy Fair gives us the chance to showcase our Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG portfolio for the first half of 2019 with our hobby and mass market partners in a fun environment,” said Yumi Hoashi, Senior Vice President, Card Business for Konami. “Our 2019 portfolio stands out in particular with exceptional products like Duel Power, and the introduction of a new Speed Duel product line; our retail partners will walk away confident knowing we can exceed the needs and wants of our faithful fans but also include exciting products that will attract and keep new players.”

With the release of Legendary Duelists: Sisters of the Rose, Savage Strike, and the Speed Duel Starter Decks: Duelists of Tomorrow & Destiny Masters jumpstarting the new year, 2019 is already off to a hot start! Display and protect these cards with accessories that showcase some of Dueling’s most iconic cards with the Golden Duelist Collection. The Golden Duelist Collection draws together dozens of fan-favorite Monsters, Spells and Traps in a rich black and gold motif punctuated by a timeless image of Yugi and the Dark Magician. Keep your Deck safe on the go with the Golden Duelist Collection Card Case, featuring an exclusive glittering foil unique to the Collection. Show off your trades with the Golden Duelist Collection Duelist Portfolio featuring the same foil finish, and hit the table with the Golden Duelist Collection Game Mat and Golden Duelist Card Sleeves to match. The stylish black and gold motif runs through all four accessories, lending a touch of luxury to your Dueling that even Kaiba would approve of. Card Sleeves MSRP: $3.99 each 50-count pack, Card Case MSRP: $4.99 each, Game Mat MSRP: $14.99 each, available February 15. Duelist Portfolio MSRP $9.99 each, available April 5.

Also releasing February 15 is Structure Deck: Soulburner! Straight from the animated series to real life, Soulburner’s Salamangreat Deck from the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS animated series offers monsters a new lease on life with its “reincarnation” strategy! Salamangreat powers up its boss monsters in a unique way. By sending your first copy of a “Salamangreat” boss monster to the Graveyard to Summon your second copy, the new one is granted an extra ability far beyond what it had in its first life! Each box of Structure Deck: Soulburner contains a Beginner’s Guide and a Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide, with a 40-card Main Deck and a 6-card Extra Deck for a total of 46 cards. MSRP: $9.99 per Box.

March is jam-packed with releases to keep fans happy throughout the spring. March 8 sees the release of the Savage Strike Special Edition! Not only does it include 3 booster packs of Savage Strike, each box is guaranteed 1 of 2 Super Rare variant cards (either Trickstar Crimson Heart, a Link Monster to go with the many powerful “Trickstar” cards in Savage Strike, or White Rose Dragon, a new monster designed specifically to enhance Decks built with cards from January’s Legendary Duelists: Sisters of the Rose), as well as 1 of 2 Super Rare preview cards of non-foil cards from the upcoming Dark Neostorm booster set (either Yuki-Musume, the Ice Mayakashi, a monster that adds a jolt of extra Summoning power to the Mayakashi Deck from Hidden Summoners, or a new Cyberse monster). MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Join the quest on March 22 to obtain overwhelming Dueling power with the all-foil booster set The Infinity Chasers! Duelists looking to pick up a new strategy should look no further, as The Infinity Chasers introduces 3 new strategies with their own unique gameplay styles. All the basic cards for each theme are in this set, along with some additional cards to help support them, so it’s a great starting point for building many different Deck strategies! The Infinity Chasers booster set contains 40 Super Rares and 20 Secret Rares, for a total of 60 cards. MSRP: $3.99 per pack (5 cards per pack).

Brand-new cards will be added to the Speed Duel card pool with the very first booster, Speed Duel: Arena of Lost Souls! Releasing March 29, Arena of Lost Souls sees the debut of Yugi’s renowned Royal Knights to the Speed Duel format, Ishizu with the power of Gravekeepers, and Bonz with a horde of Zombies! The Speed Duel: Arena of Lost Souls booster set is made up of 45 new-to-Speed Duel cards and 5 brand-new Skill Cards. MSRP: $1.49 per pack (4 cards per pack).

On April 5, Duel Power celebrates spring by rolling together a new 100-card Ultra Rare booster set (including 40 brand-new cards) alongside new Ultra Rare variant artwork of every Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series ace monster (from Dark Magician to Decode Talker), and a new double-sided Gameboard celebrating Yu-Gi-Oh!‘s history. Each box of Duel Power contains 6 new Duel Power booster packs with 5 Ultra Rare cards per pack. This set includes 40 new cards and 60 hot reprints, including the 4 popular “discard” effect monsters (from Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit to Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion); popular Spells and Traps like Infinite Impermanence, Card of Demise, and Evenly Matched; Link Monsters from Borreload Dragon to Trickstar Holly Angel; and out-of-print cards like Naturia Beast, High Priestess of Prophecy, and 2015’s “Nekroz” Ritual Monsters. MSRP: $29.99 per set.

On April 19, the magical masters of Structure Deck: Order of the Spellcasters have transcended the need for physical forms and gained the ability to become Spells themselves! As Pendulum Monsters, they can be played as either monsters or Spell Cards, and have different abilities depending on which you choose. This Structure Deck uses the same “Spell Counter” system as the Spellcaster’s Command Structure Deck and the “Mythical Beast” monsters from Extreme Force, so cards from all three can be combined to create an even more powerful Deck! Each Structure Deck: Order of the Spellcasters contains a 41-card Main Deck + 1 Extra Deck monster for a total of 42 cards, plus a Beginner’s Guide and Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide. MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Forget about April showers, the real storm is brewing May 3, the official release date of Dark Neostorm, the last 100-card booster set of the 2018-2019 Dueling season! Each of the core booster sets this past season highlighted one of the main Special Summoning mechanics from previous eras of the game, and in Dark Neostorm, it’s Xyz Summoning’s turn to shine! The Dark Neostorm booster set contains 100 cards in all. MSRP: $3.99 per pack (9 cards per pack).

Dark Neostorm gets a second wind on June 14 with the Dark Neostorm Special Edition! Each box of the Special Edition includes 3 booster packs of Dark Neostorm, along with 1 of 2 Super Rare variant cards as well as 1 of 2 Super Rare variant preview cards from the upcoming Summer 2019 booster set! MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Between conventions, qualifier tournaments and in-store events, Duelists will have plenty of opportunity to put their skills to the test this summer. For more information on KONAMI’s extensive Organized Play programs, including opportunities for aspiring Duelists to learn how-to-play the game, go to http://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com/en/events.

Press Release: New Titles Unveiled for Weiß Schwarz at the Bushiroad Championship Series 2018 World Finals

January 22, 2019

Bushroad unveils two new titles that will be featured in the English edition of its popular Trading Card Game Weiß Schwarz at the Bushiroad Championship Series 2018 World Finals held at the Akihabara UDX. Weiß Schwarz allows players to relive their favorite animations and games through an exciting, fast-paced trading card game. Popular titles such as Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Sword Art Online, Fate/Apocrypha, and BanG Dream! have graced the game, along with many others.

Batman Ninja is a unique film featuring the Dark Knight that places the heroes and villains of the Batman universe in feudal Japan. This marks the second English Edition Exclusive title to be released internationally, and will serve to add more depth and selection to the game’s current environment. The first English Exclusive title, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, will be released on February 22, 2019.

A Trial Deck + and Booster Pack will be released for this title. A Trial Deck + contains a pre-made deck of cards that can be used immediately for play, while the Booster Pack contains cards that will allow players to upgrade their Trial Deck + or to build an entirely new deck.

The film features Batman and his allies doing battle with his nemesis the Joker as well as other villains in feudal Japan. Sent back in time due to Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine, the Dark Knight and his allies must fight to prevent their enemies from altering history, and return themselves to their rightful time.

The mesmerizing Stage Girls are ready to dazzle Weiß Schwarz stage.

A Trial Deck + and Booster Pack will be released for this title.

Reunited by fate, childhood friends and aspiring stage actresses Karen and Hikari must compete in a mysterious audition process to gain acceptance in the famed stage production “Starlight” and become top stars.

The official release dates for Batman Ninja and Revue Starlight will be announced at a later time.

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Bushiroad Inc. is an entertainment company known for developing Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight, Weiß Schwarz, Dragoborne -Rise to Supremacy- and other card games, promotional items, smartphone applications around the world.

Bushiroad Inc. consists of 7 sub-entities: Bushiroad Inc., Bushiroad International Pte Ltd, Bushiroad USA Inc., Bushiroad Europe GmbH, Bushiroad Media, Bushiroad Music, and New Japan Pro Wrestling Co., Ltd.

Catch an International Thief

November 15, 2018

Essen SPIEL is the world’s largest event based around table-top gaming; held over four days in Germany.  Tons of game companies come from all over the world, both big multinational ones and small family run ones.  It is usually a great time for all but this year six small companies had money, products, and personal items stolen.  One person was arrested but his accomplice who had the goods was not caught.  One of those companies to be hit was Japanime Games, who had $10,000 in cash stolen along with some electronics and personal items.  They are running a quick fundraiser to recoup the loss.

Everyone who donates will featured on a “Wall of Fame” with the names of the supporters and some thank you gifts for some donation levels.

For $10 you will be mailed an “I Love Japanime Games” patch and a pack of Tanto Cuore: International promo cards.  For $25 you get the patch and cards also get a free copy of Kemomimi Panic with promo cards.  For $50 you get the patch, cards, game, and a Tanto Cuore: international foil pack and pack of 10 Arisa promos with foil Arisa.  Donating $100 gets you the patch, Tanto cards, game, Arisa cards and one special limited edition SPIEL steins and Anja oversized cloth playmat/towel.

You can donate on their site or via PayPal.  Any money over the goal will be given to the five other companies that were stolen from.  They have already raised over $5,000 over their goal with no end date for this fundraiser.  You should still get your money in soon though.

This is a chance to help out a company that brings out great games and pic up some limited items for yourself.

You can read more about the robberies here.

Press Release: 2018 Beyblade Burst World Championship Winner Crowned

November 8, 2018

On Saturday, November 3, thousands of people came to cheer on their countries’ national champions in a whole day of fierce competition featuring 24 talented, young Bladers from all around the world. The 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship, which took place at Kidexpo in Paris, France, crowned its winner after 6 hours of epic battling. The victor, Latvia’s “Balanced Defender,” earned the ultimate victory.

Balanced Defender, who took home a gleaming trophy, a participatory medal and a personalized illustration done by the author of the BEYBLADE BURST manga series from Corocoro Comic magazine, Hiro Morita, was joined by 2nd place winner Shin Sang Hyeon from South Korea and 3rd place winner Shuai Shuai from Taiwan. All three champions were thrilled to represent their countries on the podium after traveling thousands of miles to complete on the grand stage. The epic finale of the World Championship featured appearances by YouTube stars Swan & Neo, as well as BEYBLADE BURST manga artist Hiro Morita, delighting fans of all ages and nationalities.

In addition to the 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship competition, Kidexpo, which took place from October 31-November 4, featured a BEYBLADE BURST booth where fans of the brand got to participate in free battles, not only with each other, but against known YouTube influencers and special guests like the official World Championship MCs Storm & Light and judge Blader Ken.

About Nelvana
Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs.

About SUNRIGHTS INC.
SUNRIGHTS, INC. is AN Entertainment rights management company backed by one of the top advertising agencies in Japan, Asatsu DK, and the trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. Located in New York City, SUNRIGHTS directly manages the development of intellectual property globally outside of Asia.

About d-rights Inc.
d-rights, Inc. is a key player in international production of animated content for families and children globally. It is recognized for brands such as Beyblade, B-Daman, and Scan2Go. d-rights manages every aspect of content creation from production to distribution, financing, marketing and product licensing.

About Tomy Company, Ltd.
TOMY is a comprehensive toy and content company that produces a wide variety of products and characters for people of all ages and nationalities, and has more than 90 year of history since its founding. Generations of families have enjoyed our all-time favorites such as Plarail, Tomica, and Licca, and such toy lines as Beyblade and Transformers have become genuine global phenomena.

About Hasbro
Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands.

Press Release: English Edition of Cooperative Japanese Dungeon-crawler Testament Coming to Kickstarter This Winter

October 21, 2018

In 2019, Japanese board game localization studio LionWing Publishing will be publishing the English version of the hit Japanese dungeon-crawling card game Testament. From designer Yasushi ‘Kuro’ Kuroda—creator of Unicornus Knights, Ars Alchimia, and Alicematic Heroes—Testament is a fully cooperative, card-based dungeon-crawler that features deep character customization, tactical battles, and tough boss fights.

Taking inspiration from MMORPGs, and in particular, Final Fantasy XIV, Testament’s core design is built around the “trinity” system found in such games, which emphasizes party combat roles like tanks, damage-dealers, and healers.

In Testament, players team up and control individual heroes to battle through six stages, first fighting through smaller monsters and then facing off against a massive stage boss that mimics the complex “raids” for which MMORPGs are best known.

Testament comprises six stages in total, with each one taking about an hour to complete (if the players’ party isn’t wiped out completely, that is) and provides players with the ability to play single, one-off scenarios or string several together to create a campaign, with characters leveling-up after the completion of each stage. Testament supports up to four players but can be played entirely solo as well.

Do beware, however: the game’s level of difficulty is not for the faint of heart. In fact, Testament is so punishing that less than twenty percent of players will clear all of its stages on their first attempt, with many failing on the very first stage. If they can survive long enough, though, they will fight the game’s final boss, the man-made god known simply as Testament.

A Kickstarter for the English edition of Testament is set to launch this coming winter before its planned release next year. A presskit has been created to allow for a closer look at the game’s features and its components .

About LionWing Publishing

LionWing Publishing is an American localization company whose focus is on translating and publishing the best tabletop games that Japan has to offer. They launched their first Kickstarter campaign, Sainome Colosseum R, this past summer to roaring success, and publish games that are dynamic, engaging, and aesthetically striking. For more information about LionWing Publishing, see our website. Follow LionWing Publishing on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Press Release: Konami Showcases Its Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG an Much More at San Diego Comic-Con

July 19, 2018

Comic-Con International: San Diego attendees will want to make booth #3713 their first stop to see what’s new from Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. during the world-renowned five-day show July 18th to July 22nd. Year after year KONAMI is right in the thick of things, offering pop culture fans the latest and greatest from the world’s best-selling Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG as well as other new booth features and fun activities.

Always a fan favorite, KONAMI will once again have the green screen photo booth. A Comic-Con must-have, fans can create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from 7 different card backgrounds, with Dueling legends Yugi, Jaden, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya, and Playmaker or the 2018 Comic-Con International: San Diego logo – suitable for use during Duels!

Looking for a Con exclusive and the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products? Head over to the booth’s retail counter early in the show to get KONAMI’s Comic-Con International Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG game mat before it sells out! Available for just $30, this collectible game mat features awesome imagery of Jaden Yusei along with Elemental HERO Nebula Neos!

There will be plenty of products for sale too. Fans wanting to add to their card portfolio can purchase new and popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products every day of the show while supplies last, including the recently released Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge, Flames of Destruction Special Edition, Dark Saviors, and Starter Deck: Codebreaker, releasing July 19!

With over 70 million downloads to date, the gaming app Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links continues to be enjoyed by fans worldwide on iOS and Android devices, as well as PC Steam, and San Diego Comic-Con attendees can experience this exciting game. Choose from a selection of pre-generated Characters, including a new, unreleased character, to Duel with their signature Decks, and battle your way to Dueling victory! For attendees that have Duel Links installed on their phones, they will be given a special Duel Links-branded lanyard, while supplies last!

Attendees wanting to learn the game can take a seat at a game table to get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts! Those completing a demo will receive a show exclusive coupon good for one (1) free booster pack with the purchase of any sealed Starter Deck! (Redeemable only at KONAMI’s booth during Comic-Con.) Players wanting to tweak their Deck-building strategies can get helpful hints from KONAMI’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG experts on-hand throughout the show. Plus, players feeling lucky and confident in their Dueling skills can spin the wheel to Duel the Master as he sits on his royal throne, for a chance to take home some other prizes!

Duelists looking for more opportunities to show off their Dueling techniques can visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Organized Play Room #16B on the Mezzanine level where KONAMI will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events from Thursday through Sunday including Win-A-Mats, 2019 Regional Qualifiers, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Duel Links tournaments and more! Dragon Duel Tournaments, for children born 2006 or later, will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. And best of all – these tournaments are free to Comic-Con attendees, so make sure to bring your pre-constructed Deck!

Comic-Con International: San Diego hours:
Friday, July 20: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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.  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.

Press Release: Shinobi 7 Announces My Hero Academia The Card Game

July 11, 2018

Shinobi 7, LLC. is delighted to announce My Hero Academia: The Card Game, an all-new tabletop game based on the wildly popular anime My Hero Academia.

In this super-powered, tactical game meant for 2–4 players, each player must recruit super-powered Students to their Hero Agency. Select the Students with the best combinations of Quirks (superpowered abilities), to complete challenging Missions and become the mightiest Agency around!

The game will include 60 Student Cards, 60 Action Cards, 40 Mission Cards, 10 Recruiter Cards, and a full-color Rulebook. My Hero Academia: The Card Game will be available November, 2018 and will be distributed exclusively to all channels by Diamond/Alliance. MSRP is $24.99.

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Contents

• 60 Student Cards
• 60 Action Cards
• 40 Mission Cards
• 10 Recruiter Cards
• 1 Rulebook

Shinobi 7, LLC. is a tabletop game company dedicated to producing and publishing high quality games based on hit pop culture brands. Formed in 2016, Shinobi 7 is an independent subsidiary of Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC. Shinobi 7 products are distributed by Diamond/Alliance.

Press Release: Make Way For Gen Bey: Beyblade Burst Fans Can Participate In An All-New Official Online Campaign

October 9, 2017

Giving the next generation of BEYBLADE fans a whole new level of interaction with their favorite TV show, tops and characters, SUNRIGHTS INC. has launched GEN BEY, an official online campaign created exclusively for them. GEN BEY is a special connection to all things BEYBLADE BURST that’s also loaded with benefits.

Beginning today, BEYBLADE BURST fans can sign on to the official GEN BEY Facebook to score access to new product, sneak peeks, clips from upcoming episodes, and exclusive giveaways of cool BEYBLADE BURST swag. They can also sign up for a dedicated monthly newsletter and many more extras to follow, such as the GEN BEY Birthday Club and a soon to be announced, must-enter sweepstakes. GEN BEY members are encouraged to challenge their best Blader buddies to join in on the action, with special incentives for those who spread the word and visit GEN BEY often.

“With GEN BEY, our goal is to engage the brand’s loyal fan base while reaching, connecting with and activating a whole new generation of BEYBLADE fans,” explained Natasha Gross, TV Sales, Marketing & Licensing Director of SUNRIGHTS INC. “This is a campaign that represents the fans’ voice, their way to find a special identity among their fellow Bladers while enjoying some pretty amazing perks along the way.”

The BEYBLADE BURST animated series, produced by TV TOKYO and d-rights Inc., introduces viewers to Valt Aoi and his friends, who are all crazy about Beyblade, the phenomenally popular spinning top that has been fueling competitions from schoolyards to global tournaments for over a decade. The series’ exciting story follows their quest to become the best Bladers in the world.

All GEN BEY registrants under 18 must have permission from their parents.

About SUNRIGHTS INC.
SUNRIGHTS INC., the fast growing New York based entertainment arm of Japanese production company d-rights Inc., will handle the distribution of broadcast, non-toy merchandising and promotional rights for BEYBLADE BURST outside of Asia.

About d-rights Inc.
d-rights, Inc. is a key player in international production of animated content for families and children globally. They are recognized for brands such as Beyblade, B-Daman, and Scan2Go. d-rights manages every aspect of content creation from production to distribution, financing, marketing and product licensing.

About Hasbro
Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens.

Press Release: Two New Champions Crowned at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Pittsburgh

May 22, 2017

Pittsburgh, well-known for its championship professional teams, welcomed two new champions this past weekend as hundreds of passionate fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG competed for the top prize at Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Pittsburgh. Hosted by Konami, this premier-level event featured many of the top Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players and enthusiastic newcomers. Duelists met their peers and displayed the skills and strategies necessary to win prizes and make lifelong friends. YCS Pittsburgh crowned two new Champions, Aaron Furman and Dragon Duel top finisher Justus Long.

Participants of every age and ability displayed spirited Dueling in the early rounds of Swiss Format Dueling on Day One. On Sunday, Furman, from Linwood, NJ, learned that his Zoodiac Deck proved its worth as he triumphantly marched toward a Finals showdown. Starting with several rounds of Swiss, followed by more Single Elimination rounds, he squared off against Wen Tong Xiang, from Montreal, Quebec, using a Zoodiac Speedroid Deck in the final playoff.

In addition to bringing home the title of YCS Champion, Furman received a special set of prizes that included the new YCS prize card, an Ultra Rare Number 93: Utopia Kaiser, a YCS Championship Trophy, the new YCS Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, 32 World Qualifying Points*, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2017 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

*The number of World Qualifying Points is awarded based on the final standings. For example, if there are 32 WCQ invites, the Duelist who comes in 1st place will earn 32 points, the 2nd place Duelist will earn 31 points, and so on.

Additionally, there was a tremendous amount of excitement in the Dragon Duel tournament (an event for Duelists born in 2004 or later) where attendees witnessed an exciting series of Duels between Long, from Xenia, OH, using his Metalfoes Deck against Connor Perrotta, Lee Center, NY, in the finals. Long displayed great sportsmanship and a winning combination as he beat Perrotta to snare the title of Dragon Duel Champion. He picked up some great prizes too, including a Dragon Duel Championship Trophy, a Regional Deck Box, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, a 2017 Regional Game Mat, and an invitation to his 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.