Event Schedule

June 14
Sala Henri Coandă, Palatul Culturii Iași
10:00 - 10:30


10:30 - 10:35

Short introduction

Mihai Chirica — Mayor of Iași

Tudor Dăescu — President of Esports Summit

10:35 - 12:20

Esports & Governance: building a solid foundation for stronger esports local ecosystem

Together with local authorities, legislators and specialists we discuss how different forms of esports organizations can help build the local esports ecosystem. This year, Iași aims to become not only the national capital of esports, but most importantly, the world capital of esports, hosting some of the most important esports events: The World Esports Championship, The Romanian Esports Summit and the European Esports Summit.



Daniel Juravle — Vice Mayor of Iași

Tiago Fernandes — President of The European Esports Federation

Vlad Marinescu — President of the International Esports Federation IESF

Tudor Dăescu — President of Esports Summit

Mara Mareș — State Advisor Romanian Government


12:35 - 13:45

Esports World Championship 2023 in Iași: A Milestone Event for Romania and the local esports industry

What are the opportunities and challenges that come with hosting an Esports World Championship? May the hosting of this international event put our country on the map in the esports world and enhance long-lasting positive effects on the local Iași economy and national esports community?

This event can bring opportunities for networking and collaboration among stakeholders in the gaming industry, leading to innovations and advancements.



Cristian Nistor — Digital Throne

Octav “ang” Crețu — CEO Nexus Gaming

Mihai Cotos — Digital Crusade

Jaxi — Streamer and Pro Player

Mircea Mureșan — CEO Eastern European Comic Con

Mihaela Tofan — Law professor, Alexandru I. Cuza University




13:45 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:30

From hobby to academics: Exploring the Intersection of esports and higher education

Educators and schools around the world are increasingly recognizing the benefits of esports and are incorporating them into their curriculum and extracurricular activities. University officials are developing esports teams, and some schools are even offering esports courses and degrees. What are the plans of the romanian universities and how can esports enter the local curriculum or extracurricular activities and also find a growth pipeline in the academic field?



Adrian Iacobini — Director of the University Sports Club ASE

Diana Buzoianu — Member of the Chamber of Deputies

Eduard Mititelu — Secretary of State, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization

Adrian Socaciu — President of Romanian Sports Institute

Alin Moldoveanu — Computer Science and Engineering Department, Politehnica University Bucharest

Mihai Mocanu — CMO Adservio

Marius Marcu — Dean of Politehnica University of Timisoara


15:45 - 17:00

Winning the Game: Developing effective communication strategies for brands in the esports industry

Esports offers opportunities for brands to connect with fans and gamers through sponsorships, advertising, and partnerships with esports teams and events. With the esports industry growing rapidly, brands that invest in esports now have a chance to establish themselves as leaders in a fast-paced, exciting space but also benefit from increased brand awareness and exposure, as well as opportunities to engage with fans and build brand loyalty.



Costin Bogdan — Executive Creative Director, McCann

Katerina Todorovski — Head of Brand Marketing BCR

Roxana Baias — Group Head of Marketing, NEPI Rockcastle

Laurențiu Ion — Marketing Manager Europe, Energy Category, PepsiCo.

Alexandru Ion — Founder Nexus Gaming

Vlad Nagîț — Founder of 101HP.ro

Alex Mazilu — Head of France & Benelux, Logitech


17:15 - 18:30

The road to victory and beyond: the career journey of a professional esports player

What does it take to succeed and become a professional esports player? Success in professional esports requires not only exceptional gaming skills, but also a range of professional skills such as teamwork, communication, and strategic thinking. Beyond being a professional player, esports also offers exciting other career opportunities in fields such as coaching, management, and event production. As esports continues to grow, the demand for skilled professionals in the industry is expected to increase.



Hans Jagnow — VP of ESL Pro League

Marius Radu — Co-founder of GG Industry & BGW partner

Nedim Baytorun — Consumer Business Unit Director, Vodafone România

Paul “Werty” Bolog — CS:GO Caster

Ivan “iM” Mihai — Professional CS:GO Player

Chester King — VP of Global Esports Federation