October 29, 2013


21- year old from Graz/Austria captures the prestigious title of YCS winner at Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.'s premier event held at London's ExCeL Centre on October 26th/27th

Using his Dragon Rulers Deck, Rieder demonstrated his Dueling skills on numerous occasions over the course of the two-day event. After 15 rounds across the two days and against a field of almost 1500 competitors from all over Europe, Rieder faced 18-year old Alpay Engin from Germany and his Dragon Ruler Deck in the final of the largest European YCS event so far.

The gripping and intense match was brought to an end by Rieder when he Summoned Star Eater in what would prove to be the decisive moment. As well as earning the title of YCS Champion, he also received a prize package that included a Notebook PC, an exclusive YCS Prize Card and paid travel and accommodation to the 2014 World Championship Qualifier tournament – the European Championship.

For those who did not participate in the main tournament; there were several other events to take part in throughout the weekend, including tournaments to win giant Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, Game Mats and other popular prizes, such as additional copies of the YCS Prize Card "Number 106: Giant Hand" or even a paid trip to an upcoming YCS event in Europe. One very special tournament was the "GIANT ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!" on Sunday in which 24-year-old Rodrigo Togores from Madrid/ Spain was awarded not 1, not 2, but 3 Giant Egyptian God Cards!

That wasn't all! YCS London was held alongside the MCM ComicCon, a huge event that attracts fans of anime, manga, movies and games. Duelists that entered into the YCS had the chance to experience everything that MCM ComicCon had to offer, as entry to the YCS guaranteed free entry to the MCM ComicCon!

For the first time ever, two of Europe’s biggest gaming events joined forces to provide a weekend that people would never forget! Additional activities such as Number Monster Bingo, Giant Card Dueling and a Treasure Hunt took place to ensure that attendees had a very enjoyable Yu-Gi-Oh! themed weekend.

The next stop for Duelists wishing to take part in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series will be Turin, Italy on the weekend of November 30th - December 1st.

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. Duelists with well-constructed decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in Europe and Oceania.

About Konami Group

KONAMI CORPORATION was established in 1973, and became a holding company of the Konami Group on March 31, 2006. KONAMI CORPORATION covers the fields of "Digital Entertainment Business", "Health & Fitness Business", “Gaming & Systems Business" and "Pachinko & Pachinko Slot Machines Business". KONAMI CORPORATION went public on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, the London Stock Exchange in 1999, and the New York Stock Exchange in 2002. Home Page URL: www.konami.co.jp.
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. is a wholly-owned subsidiary, responsible for popular franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Pro Evolution Soccer amongst other top sellers. Konami Group is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. For more information concerning Konami Digital Entertainment and its products, please visit www.konami-europe.com.


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