Event Schedule

June 6
Pullman Bucharest World Trade Center - New York Hall


10:30 - 10:35

Short introduction

Mihai Chirica — Mayor of Iași

Tudor Dăescu — President of Esports Summit

10:00 - 11:30

State of Romanian Esports in 2024. Has the World Championship hosted by Romania propelled us into the high society of esports?

Romania’s game development industry places the country in the top 5 in Europe. We can say that Romania is the East European Hollywood of video games production. But in terms of the ecosystem around esports we are not in a good position. What should Romania do for its players to shine on the international scene?

Nedim Baytorun
Consumer Business Unit Director, Vodafone România
Mara Mareș
Member of the Assembly of Deputies of Romania
Bogdan Putinică
Country Manager Microsoft Romania and Moldova
Mihai Cotos
CEO Digital Crusade
Tudor Dăescu
President of Esports Summit
Cătălin Butnariu
President of RGDA - Romanian Video Game Developers Association
11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 13:30

Esports needs brands. But why do brands need esports?

It is clear that a competition cannot have continuity if it has no partners in the commercial area. That teams need sponsors in order to have conditions for training, or money to participate in tournaments. But a simple display of the logo on the shirt does not help brands. Or does it? Why and for what do brands invest money in esports and gaming?

13:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

The first Romanian video game is from the 70s. Can Romania be part of making history in the gaming industry?

Children now learn history, arts, mathematics with the help of video games. Even in schools and high schools.  One of the top universities have bachelor and master degree programs in gaming. And Bucharest, a museum of video games. But these are all punctual initiatives. What can the local authorities do to be part of these changes and not just a passive witness?

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:30

“A Romanian won the Major!". The road from headline-making to everyday normality.

Romania has been performing great in the world of esports, due to a few individuals.

Romanian tournament and gaming events organizers could at any time perform in countries that have a tradition in esports competitions.

Why is it then that we are so unsatisfied with the local esports status?

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