In light of official recommendations from Brazilian government and health officials advising that events held through the next 15 days in areas impacted by community spread of COVID-19 be cancelled, KONAMI and the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME team are announcing the cancellation of the 225th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event scheduled for this weekend, March 14-15, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Below, we are providing you with the official statement from KONAMI with more information about the decision, As noted previously, the KONAMI team continues to monitor this situation closely and we will continue to provide you with updates on this rapidly evolving situation as they become available.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
After much discussion, we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 225th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event scheduled for this weekend, March 14-15, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We did all we could to move the event forward as scheduled, but conclusively, we are following the direction of Brazilian government and public health officials advising that events held through the next 15 days in areas impacted by community transmission of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus), including Rio de Janeiro, be cancelled.
- Further details on the official recommendations from the Brazilian government may be referenced here: https://agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br/saude/noticia/2020-03/coronavirus-governo-recomenda-cancelamento-e-adiamento-de-eventos
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME team was excited to celebrate this milestone event with the entire Rio de Janeiro community, as well as with fans and Duelists that have travelled from near and far. Ultimately, we feel strongly that it is our primary responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all players and staff come first.
Fans that pre-registered for the event will receive a refund for their registration. Please contact [email protected] for more information about this process.
For future events on our schedule, we will continue to monitor the situation that is developing daily and will provide updates on those events as they become available. These updates will be posted to our website incorporated within each respective event’s FAQs, which can be found at: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/index.html as well as our official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG social media channels:
Additionally, those with non-press-related inquiries regarding this event and future events are encouraged to contact [email protected] for updates.
We thank all our Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fans and Duelists for their patience and understanding during this time.