Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME North American World Championship

Winners of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME North American World Championship Crowned

ERIK CHRISTENSEN EARNS ESTEEMED Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME NORTH AMERICAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE; WILL COMPETE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

12 YEAR OLD AIDEN TIEMANN BEATS OUT HIS COMPETITION IN THE Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME DRAGON DUEL NORTH AMERICAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER; EARNED A SPOT AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

El Segundo, Calif.  (July 12, 2016) – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was teeming with Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists this past weekend as they displayed their fine-tuned Dueling and Deck-building skills at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) and the Dragon Duel North American WCQ presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI).

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME North American World Championship Champion Erik Christensen
Competitors from North America gathered at this premier-level invitation only event with their sights set on earning a coveted spot at the World Championship to be held in Orlando, Florida August 20-21, 2016.  After two days of intense Dueling, Erik Christensen from Oakland Park, Florida proved to the crowd that he was not one to be beaten and proudly hoisted the Championship trophy for all to see.

Christensen took home an impressive trove of prizes that included: a Championship trophy; an invitation to the World Championship with paid travel and accommodations; complete sets of Breakers of Shadow and Shining Victories; a Tablet PC; a Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn and more! Christensen will also receive a personalized jersey upon arrival in Orlando to wear while competing at the World Championship.  In addition to Christensen, five of his peers: Thomas Rowe from Cleveland, Ohio, Admassu Williams-Ademe from Santa Monica, California, Travis Smith from Miami, Florida, Adam Hutchins from Waldorf, Maryland, Jimmy Nguyen from Ft. Worth, Texas also earned invitations and travel and accommodations to Orlando to Duel at the World Championship, plus a cache of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products.

One of the most exciting events of this weekend’s North American World Championship Qualifier was the Dragon Duel North American World Championship Qualifier, for those born in 2003 or later, where players were vying for one of three sought-after World Championship invitations. It was a dedicated and smart group of kids that played their hearts out during the weekend.

?Duel after impressive Duel had bystanders cheering as Aiden Tiemann was able to rise above his skilled peers in order to clinch the title of Dragon Duel North American Champion. Tiemann from Austin, Texas won a ton of cool prizes that included: a Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship with paid travel and accommodations; complete sets of Breakers of Shadow and Shining Victories; a Tablet PC; a Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; a personalized jersey to be awarded at the World Championship; and much more.

Also earning his way to Orlando to represent North America is runner-up John Wilkin from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and third place finisher Ian Parish from Arnold, Missouri. They each walked away with a Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship and paid travel and accommodations; and other fantastic prizes.

Duelists can watch a new episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Sunday on Nicktoons – check local listings for times. In addition, all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s can be seen on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon!

For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

tcg pr copyrightAbout 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 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.  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 subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.

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