El Segundo, Calif. (August 6, 2018) – Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. announces that the global eSports tournament for the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2018, was held on Sunday, August 5th at Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex.
Held every year since 2003, the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship is a tournament for "Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game," and from last year, the competition also includes a division for mobile title "Yu-Gi-Oh! DUEL LINKS." Over 2.6 million Duelists competed in regional qualifying rounds around the world, and the 55 winners gathered to battle it out in the heated finals.
The opening competition of the championship was the "Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game" Dragon Duel Division (elementary school student division). The 12 young Duelists competing came from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, Mexico, Peru, Germany, and New Zealand. After an intense series of match-ups, Charley Futch Ⅲ(USA) was crowned the winner.
The second competition was the mobile title "Yu-Gi-Oh! DUEL LINKS" World Championship Division, which had the most qualifying round participants. The 15 Duelists who came out on top in that round of competition dueled once again, with Takahiro Hamada (Japan) emerging as the division's champion.
The climax of the event was the "Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game" World Championship Division (general division). The 28 high-level Duelists who participated were from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru, Panama, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, and Australia. In the end, Wang Chia Ching (Taiwan) was the victor.
Approximately 3,000 people, selected by lottery, came to watch the proceedings. In addition, the event was streamed online, and attracted many views from around the world.
KONAMI will continue to offer ever more consumers fun and exciting experiences through eSports initiatives.
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