Upper Deck Entertainment Hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game U.S. National Championship Tournament
in Columbus, Ohio
Hundreds Battle for Chance to Compete in Upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship Event in Japan
The nation's best Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Duelists will duke it out for the chance to represent
the United States in the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship tournament as Upper Deck Entertainment
hosts the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG U.S. National Championship tournament in Columbus, Ohio. The National Championship
event will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center during the Origins International Gaming Expo
on Saturday, July 2.
The top four finalists will not only earn a spot to represent the United States, but will also battle over
twenty-five competing countries from around the world for the coveted title as "Yu-Gi-Oh! King of Games."
These countries include Japan, Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, and Canada to name a few. The
Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship event will be held August 6-7 in Tokyo, Japan.
Several hundred Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fans earned a spot in the U.S. National Championship tournament by competing
and winning previous tournaments in their various regions. Players who are not already qualified can play to
win a slot in one of three Last Chance tournaments on Friday, July 1. The top four finishers of the tournament
will receive paid travel and accommodations to Tokyo to compete in the Yu-GI-Oh! TCG World Championships. Prizes
for the top players include laptop computers with built in DVD players, Apple iPods™, Sony PSP's™ (PlayStation®
Portable), and Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a game of strategy, where players create individual decks of cards collected from starter
sets 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! TRADING CARD GAME.
For more information on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or Upper Deck Entertainment, please visit
www.yugioh-card.com; for products or to access the
online store, please log onto www.ude.com or
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a product of the KONAMI CORPORATION, and is distributed worldwide (with the exception of
Asia) by the Upper Deck Company.
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, LLC. The comic spawned a hit cartoon TV show, a top-selling collectible card game, several videogames 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 "Game King" whenever he is challenged.
About The Upper Deck Company
For years, Upper Deck has been hailed as the industry leader in quality sports cards and collectibles, and the
same level of excellence can now be seen in the full line of Upper Deck Entertainment products. For additional
information about the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME and Upper Deck Entertainment, please visit the company's Web
site at www.ude.com or
www.upperdeckstore.com. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD
GAME is distributed by Upper Deck Entertainment, a division of The Upper Deck Company, a worldwide sports and
entertainment company based in Carlsbad, California.
About KONAMI CORPORATION
Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties,
specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporation's action and adventure titles include the popular
franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Castlevania, among other top sellers. 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 of America, Inc.
in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami of America,
Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the
products distributed by Konami of America, Inc. can be found at www.konami.com/usa.
Source: The Upper Deck Co, LLC
Date: June 16, 2005
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