We were at GAMA 2015 seeking out the latest industry news and connecting with retailers from around the world. One particularly hot piece of Organized Play news comes from Konami. Konami Entertainment announced that they are stepping up their Premier Level Organized Play and introducing a new tournament program: Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS).
Konami’s VP for the Card Business, Yumi Hoashi describes the new program as, “A new initiative that brings together both the OTS (Official Tournament Stores) program and our Premier events program. The UDS Invitational is the culmination of those initiatives and the winner is crowned the Ultimate Duelist.”
Yumi continues, “Winter is usually an off-season for Yu-Gi-Oh!. We hold no official premier events during that time due to inclement weather. We also have another off-season during the summer, because of the lead up to our World Championships. Therefore, we’ll situate the UDS during the Winter when we don’t have any YCS and during the summer when we run no premier programs”.
Players earn invitations to the UDS, based on an official points total earned while playing in the various official OP programs.
What does this mean?
Points are earned playing in official YTS programs locally and at premier events nationally. There is currently no information available on whether certain events will have an increased points weighting.
What we do know, is that players will duel over two seasons (winter and summer). Each season culminating in it’s own UDI event.
A great Yu-Gi-Oh! OP addition
This initiative is a great addition to the Yu-Gi-Oh! OP calendar. UDS offers more opportunities at the highest competitive level. All while encouraging continuous grassroots store play. Essentially, the more you play, the more qualifying points you accumulate. It’s a proven fact that more play immerses players further and increases retail sales. All music to a retail store’s ears.
Will one of your weekly Yu-Gi-Oh! players be crowned the very first Ultimate Duelist? Ensure you schedule your OTS events today and start your players on the road to becoming the Ultimate Duelist!
How can my store become an OTS?
If you’re not currently an Official Tournament Store (OTS) and wish to become one, simple contact Konami Organised Play Customer Service. They’ll get your store registered giving you access to official Yu-Gi-Oh! OP, Sneak Peaks and this excellent new initiative. Become an OTS TODAY!
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