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Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, often shortened TCG, is the part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game manufactured by Konami. The TCG is played Worldwide, but mostly in North America, Europe and Australia. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG was published in 2002, with Upper Deck Entertainment acquiring the rights to market the TCG in 2000 for US$75,000,000 from Konami.

The agreement between Upper Deck Entertainment and Konami was due to expire in 2010. Konami issued a press release on December 10th 2008, stating that it was retaking full control of all aspects of the TCG[1], including:

  • Distribution
  • Customer Service
  • Sales
  • Gameplay
  • Organized Play

Upper Deck Entertaiment then responded by issuing a lawsuit against Konami Digital Entertainment for US$75,001,000.[2], citing loss of earnings, and breach of contract, as Konami Digital Entertainment cut short ties between itself and Upper Deck Entertainment by more than a year prior it's legal conclusion. On December 27, 2008, Konami was denied the temporary selling and shipping ban that would prevent Upper Deck from marketing, selling, distributing and providing game support for the TCG. [3]

The TCG is printed in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as being previously printed in Portuguese prior to Cybernetic Revolution. All TCG cards are legal in countries where the game is played. For example, a German Mirror Force is playable in Great Britain. A French Dark Armed Dragon is legal to play in Switzerland, but a Japanese Crush Card Virus is not legal to use in any of these countries, because all Japanese, Asian-English, Korean and Chinese cards are part of the OCG, and these cards are not legal for Tournament play in the TCG. However, with the exception of TCG exclusive cards, TCG cards are by-and-large allowed in OCG tournaments, depending on the Tournament Organizer.

Tournaments are held each year that give out prizes which are usually rare cards or exclusive game mats. Players first start out in the Regionals and advance their way to the Championships. Shonen Jump also hosts their own tournament known as the Shonen Jump Championship. There are tournaments in the OCG as well as the TCG.

Upperdeck no longer has any connection with the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and Konami has continued tournaments.

References

  1. 1: Anime News Network: Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. to Take Control of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME™
  2. 1: Upper Deck Company v. Konami Marketing, Inc. et al
  3. 1: Upper Deck Wins Major Victory in Support of Worldwide Yu-Gi-Oh! Players
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