Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pre-#NYCC 2015 with Yumi Hoashi, Senior VP, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

New York Comic Con 2015 is here and guess who's back at the show? Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.! Yes, the company behind the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game! When I saw their name listed in the Exhibitor list on the NYCC website, I was ecstatic! The last time I saw Konami was back in 2009. So the fact that they are returning, I wanted to know what they got in store for the attendees! I had the pleasure of getting my questions answered by Yumi Hoashi, Senior Vice President, International Card Business of the company. She is responsible for the ENTIRE Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME business for the Americas and Europe, including Sales, Operations and Marketing. So without further ado, here is the interview.


What was the reasoning behind the decision to attend NYCC 2015? Was there a special reason for it?
It's been awhile since we last attended New York Comic Con! We had an opportunity open up in our event calendar, and we felt it was a good time to return to the show.

What can fans expect from this year’s Konami Entertainment booth that will be different from the last time the company was there?
There will be many things to do at the Konami Booth this year, with activities for pretty much everyone. One of the most popular activities is getting a custom Token card; we'll have a green screen setup so that you can make your own personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! Token card, in one of six different designs. We'll have a section for attendees to try out the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! video game, Legacy of the Duelist, available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Attendees will also have the opportunity to do a lot of Dueling, whether it's against one of our Yu-Gi-Oh! experts in 'Duel the Master', or in one of the many free Organized Play tournaments we'll be running in the booth. Or if you don't know how to play yet, we'll be holding demos all week, to teach you how to play. We'll also have many items on sale for fans that want the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product, including an exclusive game mat that’s available only at NYCC, and a display case with a sneak peek of all the cool things to launch in the coming months.

Are there any big surprises for the fans out there from Konami Entertainment that one should check out? If yes, can you tell me about it?
At our retail section we'll have an exclusive full-size rubberized Game Mat, with a design featuring the popular character Kaiba and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. The Game Mat will retail for $30 and is a New York Comic Con exclusive. We brought a limited supply to the show, and they always sell out so fans are encouraged to show up early at the booth!

Will you be promoting anything specific or new at the convention? If yes, can you tell me about it?
We'll have a large display case with a sneak peek of all the cool products we'll be launching in the coming months, so attendees can get a close-up look at each one.

Anything you want to add to this interview? Anything you want to tell the fans?
There will be something for everyone at the booth, so we're looking forward to seeing fans new and old at the show!


Thank you Hoashi for participating in the interview!

Thank you Don for your assistance in the interview!

Thank you readers!

© 2015 Linda Thai

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