While this site is all about the Vs. System trading card game, it would be churlish of us to ignore the current plight of Upperdeck Entertainment in regards of it’s situation with Konami.
For those who missed this saucy little story, lifted straight from some day-time soap opera, Konami decided to announce that it was pulling the Yu Gi Oh rug from underneath Upperdeck’s feet. The kids TCG is the golden goose for UDE, so many were shocked – apparently UDE were amongst those. The creators of our beloved Vs. System TCG stood firm and have challenged Konami in the courts. The following statement was posted on their website on 27th December:
Upper Deck Wins Major Victory in Support of Worldwide Yu-Gi-Oh! Players
U.S. and International courts side with Upper Deck in multiple legal actions involving Konami and the future of Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Games.
North Las Vegas, NV (December 27, 2008) – A California court has denied Konami’s application for a temporary selling and shipping ban, effectively stopping any restrictions that would have prevented Upper Deck from marketing, selling, distributing and providing game support for the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game.
The Dutch courts also ruled in favor of Upper Deck, overruling Konami’s alleged termination of its contract with Upper Deck. Accordingly, Upper Deck will continue its role as the exclusive distributor of the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game in all European territories, plus Australia and New Zealand. The complete release announcing this decision can be found at http://www.upperdeck-international.com/tabid/56/language/en-US/Default.aspx?AnnouncementID=11
Both victories clear the way for Upper Deck to continue distributing, marketing and selling Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products in territories outside of Asia. “Upper Deck is very pleased with today’s rulings”, said Upper Deck executive Bernd Becker. “We look forward to continuing the superior game support that we’ve been delivering to worldwide Yu-Gi-Oh! players for the last seven years.”
The unparalleled game support Upper Deck has provided to dedicated Yu-Gi-Oh! players around the world has led to another successful year for the trading card game, as evidenced by the current product sell-out. “This is as much a victory for the Yu-Gi-Oh! players as it is for Upper Deck,” said Becker.
About Upper Deck
Upper Deck is a premier sports and entertainment publishing company which delivers a portfolio of relevant, innovative and multi-dimensional product experiences to collectors, sports and entertainment enthusiasts. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit www.upperdeck.com <http://www.upperdeck.com/> .
The outcome of this situation could have far reaching consequences for the future of our game, so I suggest that we all stay tuned to see exactly how this plays out. UDE have struck a blow, but now it’s Konami’s initiative, I’m sure they’ve got a few plot twists up their sleeves.