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11 October 2017
OFFICIAL UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE eSports COMPETITION BEGINS TOMORROW, WITH FIRST OFFLINE EVENT TAKING PLACE IN JANUARY 2018
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. today announced details for the official UEFA Champions League eSports competition: PES LEAGUE WORLD TOUR 2018. The online qualifiers for the PES LEAGUE Online Championship 2018 Season 1 will kick off on October 12th which will enable players to qualify for the “Asia Round”, which is the first of three rounds of competitions that will lead up to the final round for the PES LEAGUE WORLD TOUR 2018. The Asia Round will be hosted in Tokyo, Japan in January 2018.

The eSports competition, PES LEAGUE WORLD TOUR 2018 is a tournament that will determine the No.1 Pro Evolution Soccer – PES 2018 player in the world. Several offline events will be held, starting with the Asia Round and followed by the Americas Round, and then Europe Round which will be held in Spring 2018. Players who have achieved the highest points in the rankings will be qualified to compete at the Finals tournament which will take place in Summer 2018. This upcoming season, the tournament will also include a competition for the new CO-OP mode! Now you can take on the challenge to be the best in the world as a team, or on your own.     

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Taking place in Tokyo in January 2018, the Asia Round hosts 16 players that will compete against each other to collect the first Tour Points. The eight top players from last year’s PES LEAGUE will be automatically qualified for the event in Tokyo. Eight additional players will be selected based on their achievements in PES LEAGUE Online Championship 2018 Season 1, which kicks off tomorrow, October 12th, 2017.

Players will be able to compete with the new CO-OP mode starting from the Americas Round, that is scheduled to be held Spring 2018. Further details regarding the competition will be announced on the official website. KONAMI will continue to engage in eSports to deliver fun and excitement to our customers.

For more information, please visit the PES 2018 Official Website: https://www.konami.com/wepes/2018

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About UEFA
UEFA is the governing body of European football. UEFA's mission is to promote, protect and develop European football at every level of the game, to promote the principles of unity and solidarity, and to deal with all questions relating to European football. For more information, please visit UEFA.com(“http://www.uefa.com/)

About Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.’s involvement with eSports

The gaming competition, known as eSports, has been increasing popularity especially in the United States and Asian regions. It has expanded to become as an actual sports competition. Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. has been involved with eSports competitions worldwide with the Winning Eleven series since 2001 and Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game since 2003, and has also held JIKKYOU PAWAFURU PUROYAKYU competitions in Japan since 2016. Through these competitions, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.  will continue to expand and reach out to our fans.

About Konami Group
KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION was established in 1973, and became a holding company of the Konami Group on March 31, 2006. KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION covers the fields of "Digital Entertainment Business", "Health & Fitness Business", “Gaming & Systems Business" and "Amusement Business". KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION went public on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988 and the London Stock Exchange in 1999. Home Page URL: www.konami.co.jp . Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. is a wholly-owned subsidiary, responsible for popular franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Pro Evolution Soccer amongst other top sellers. Konami Group is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. For more information concerning Konami Digital Entertainment and its products, please visit https://www.konami.com

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