Increasingly I get asked about Yu-Gi-Oh! Organized Play and how to get involved, what are the benefits of running it, and is their software? Therefore it’s long overdue that I get this information out there for all to have at their fingertips. This article also corresponds with the latest update from Konami about Organized Play so the information is as up-to-date as it can be!
By now, you are probably familiar with the concept of in-store Organized Play, where a retail store provides a safe and comfortable environment in which players can compete. If not then you can read my other articles here. Keep in mind that if your store becomes a destination for players to play in sanctioned events, your bottom line will see an increase. This can amount to increased revenue from a player amounting to 5 times that of one that doesn’t play in a weekly Organized Play event at your store. That alone makes Organized Play a must do for all retail stores.
Why run Yu-Gi-Oh! Organized Play?
Here are some benefits of being involved with the Official Tournament Store (OTS) program:
Both players and stores alike earn special rewards by participating in events sanctioned by Konami.
Stores that regularly run and report sanctioned events become eligible for rewards starting as early as their tenth event. The more you run and report, the more rewards you get.
Promotional items include items such as branded shopping bags, game mats, Deck boxes, and even lighted signs for their store
Players that play in sanctioned events and are top-ranked – 500 in the US, 50 in Canada – currently receive rewards each quarter. They do this by playing in events such as those you’ll hold in your store.
Only Official Tournaments Stores (OTS) can hold Sneak Peeks (prereleases): approx. a week prior to the official “on sale” date for core boosters, OTS’ hold Sneak Peeks in their stores, with an exclusive promo card and game mats, in addition to the boosters. An example of these can be found here.
- Sneak Peeks are by far the best-attended local events Konami/Yu-Gi-Oh! currently support.
OTS can apply to hold World Championship Qualifiers – Regionals, one of the premier-level OP programs, either in their store, if their venue is large enough, or at an independent venue, if not.
Only OTS can become vendors at Konami/Yu-Gi-Oh! premier-level events such as the World Championships
Stores are listed as an OTS on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! consumer website, www.yugioh-card.com.
- Store name and location
- Event dates and start times
- League schedules with dates and times
OTS have access to human help, not an automated system, through Mariel Rubio, the Tournament Store Liaison.
- Assists with event reporting software training and support
- Provides additional event recommendations and in-store support
- Assists with any other issues an OTS may be having
What does it take to become an OTS?
You’re just 6 steps away from becoming an OTS:
- Apply to run tournaments by emailing email@example.com stating you want to run official Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments and become an OTS.
- Fill out a short survey that you will receive.
- Provide photos of the storefront, the sales area, and the game play area and provide copies of your business license. This is to ensure only brick and mortar stores can sign up and not willing enthusiasts. This is a good thing as it ensures Retail Stores keep have a competitive edge being the only place able to run official tournaments each week.
- Sign and return a Sales Agreement.
- Receive and begin handing out Player ID cards (called COSSY Cards, for the Card game Official Store support SYstem.
- Sanction, run, and report events via Konami’s online tournament software, along with KTS, the Konami Tournament Software downloaded for that purpose.
Can I give cash prizes?
Very simple answer. No. In no way can you give cash or cash equivalent prizes (example: Store Credit) out for official Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments. If you do so you may be investigated and asked to stop, or more stringent levels of sanctioning applied, at Konami’s discretion. This can include complete suspension as an OTS.
Can I give away electronic goods as prizes such as an X-box?
Yes you can. This wasn’t the case, until recent changes, but now you can!
Is there a particular day of the week I have to run my events on?
No you can run your events any night of the week though there are restrictions for Premier and Sneak Peek events. For all of those events refer to all instructions and restrictions sent out by Konami.
Where can I find the official policies governing Yu-Gi-Oh! events?
You can find them on the official website here.
If I have issues running, reporting or have questions about Yu-Gi-Oh! events who do I contact?
You can contact either myself, Ian Richards, at PHD or you can contact Mariel Rubio at firstname.lastname@example.org between the two of us we can answer all of your questions.