For the second time in a week (Jan. 21), Upper Deck has announced that a previously planned Yu-Gi-Oh! card product will not be available to the public because it was not shipped to the company by Konami Digital Entertainment.
Upper Deck said this week that Konami did not deliver Yu-Gi-Oh! Crimson Crisis cards that the company had planned to distribute at special Feb. 7-8 Sneak Preview events at gaming stores across North America. Konami officials say they haven’t shipped the Crimson Crisis cards or the Yu-Gi-Oh! Champion Packs to Upper Deck because they stand by their decision to terminate UD’s exclusive distribution agreement and will instead conduct their own Crimson Crisis preview events.
“KDE is the exclusive worldwide licensee for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game,” according to a statement from Konami. “We have always been and continue to be the sole manufacturer and are the only authorized distributor in North America.”
Upper Deck says it will still offer Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments on Feb. 7-8 as part of Upper Deck Day, a multi-brand event that will showcase all of the company’s gaming products.
Meanwhile, Konami has put in motion plans to hold its own Yu-Gi Oh! sneak peek events beginning with the Crimson Crisis booster set, which will be first released at hobby stores participating in Konami’s sneak peek extravaganza on Feb. 28 or March 1. The booster set would be available to all hobby stores on March 3.
“Konami Digital Entertainment’s sneak peek will make it easier for hobby stores to market themselves as the best place for Duelists to get their Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products supplies,” said KDE’s VP of card business, Yumi Hoashi.