Upper Deck and Konami lock horns

Konami and Upper Deck are embroiled in a row over distribution of the Yu-Gi-Oh TCG.
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Following a contract dispute, Konami Digital Entertainment has retaken control of all operational and business aspects of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from distributor Upper Deck.

Konami is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and in various countries in Latin America and Europe. Its management of the game is effective immediately said Konami.

"Konami Digital Entertainment is very pleased that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game continues to be the number one TCG in the world. We are fully committed to maintaining a very high level of game support, from sales to organised play, and to providing a seamless transition during this process,” said Kazumi Kitaue, KDE’s chairman and CEO.

"We look forward to having distribution of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game within our corporate umbrella as it allows us to take advantage of the synergies from our existing gaming platforms to ensure continued great products for the [players] and for our retail and distribution partners."

Upper Deck this week filed suit against Konami in the US District Court in Nevada, saying the firm breached its distribution agreement for the game.

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