Yu-Gi-Oh fans donate to food bank in place of tournament entry fee

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — For most card game fans in Lincoln, their Sundays are spent playing at the Hobbytown in the Pioneer Woods Center.

While admission is normally $5 to play in an official tournament, this week’s entry fee was a little different. Instead, players were asked to bring five cans of non-perishable food to enter the tournament.

This initiative is one that Yu-Gi-Oh fans are familiar with this time of year as the tournament’s parent company, Konami hosts a charity event to gather donations for local food banks.

Ben Eisenberg, one of the competitors, said the donations gathered will go to the Lincoln Food Bank.

“It’s important for the community to have a good meal for all the holidays, making sure that everyone has a full plate,” he said.

Eisenberg has played in regional tournaments since 2004 and said the donation aspect is only new to a few locations.

“They used to just do cans and there wasn’t anything special, [it was] kind of unofficial but it’s gotten more official as the years go on”

Konami has implemented the idea in official tournaments, which has reached a global scale.

In this year’s tournament, bringing more than five cans allowed players to rack up points, which led to various prizes should they place in the tournament.

While donations were only accepted at this tournament, those still interested in playing in regional matches can do so twice a week in Lincoln.

“We do Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments weekly,” Eisenberg said. “Every Sunday at 1 o’clock and Tuesdays at 5 p.m.”

Yu-Gi-Oh isn’t the only tournament-style card game offered at Hobbytown. Other popular games include Pokèmon, Magic the Gathering, and My Hero Academia.

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