Yumi Hoashi, Vice President of Card Business for Konami, issued the following letter to the YuGiOh gaming public to explain the transition period that the game will be going through in the near future....
This is truly a thrilling time for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. With the recent news regarding our decision to bring the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in-house to Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., many of you are anxious to find out what is next for the brand. We are extremely excited to be the one who will now market and distribute the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG as Konami has always been the worldwide creative and manufacturing force behind the brand. The intention of this letter is to let you know where we are headed next.
With the state of the economy today, this is a time of great change within the gaming industry and in the world. By handling all aspects involved with the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, Konami expects to provide the highest level of customer and retail support. We also look forward to taking advantage of the existing synergies between our well-developed gaming platforms to introduce exciting new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products and tournament opportunities. Duelists, organized play, and the property mean a tremendous amount to us. We are committed to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, after all, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the brand!
So where do we go next? We are currently evaluating all aspects of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME - Organized Play (OP), SHONEN JUMP Championships, Sneak Previews, hobby store participation, and player rankings, to name but a few. As you can imagine, there are a lot of critical decisions to be made quickly as we look to the future. We are currently in a transitional period. Once complete, we will announce a series of new organized play events for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Meanwhile, Konami encourages all of you to join forces and keep Dueling to maintain the spirit and friendship within the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG community.
Konami is enthusiastically counting down the days until the new OP and other Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME-related activities resume in the New Year.
Everyone at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all of you in the gaming community who have actively and passionately supported the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME over the years and we look forward to your ongoing involvement.
Vice President, Card Business
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.