Today, Konami has issued a statement on the status of Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game's organized play and promotional events. We have the full statement below, but the shorthand version to this is that they will be introducing a new way to handle organized play during the coronavirus called Remote Duel. The company has been constantly updating their tournament schedule to accommodate for the pandemic, but after canceling so many events, they have chosen to go with an online structure that will allow events to continue.
We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe. As we monitor developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to take seriously our role in contributing to the overall health and safety of our fan base, Tournament Store owners and staff, and all business partners. In keeping with the guidelines and recommendations put forth by government health authorities, we believe it is in the best interest of our community to extend the postponement of our Yu-Gi-Oh! Organized Play and promotional events through Sunday, May 31, 2020. Jointly, we share a responsibility to prevent community spread of this virus by practicing social distancing and we appreciate everyone's cooperation during this time of uncertainty. Further information about these guidelines, as well as prevention tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be referenced here.
We are equally aware of the steps that communities across the nation have taken to gradually reopen. We share our community's enthusiasm to resume Organized Play and promotional events and, in this vein, we are working closely with our Tournament Store contacts and business partners, while heeding public health guidance, to determine how and when we can do this safely. At the end of May, we will review government health authority guidelines and provide another update relating to the status of local Organized Play and promotional events. To continue supporting Official Tournament Stores during this challenging time, we are introducing Remote Duel, a new Organized Play initiative to run sanctioned tournaments using Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Legacy of the Duelist, Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, and a Duelist's own card collection. More information about this program will be shared directly with Tournament Stores and on the Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website, as well as via our official social media channels soon.