Bucharest Gaming Week gathered, at its first edition, more than 10,000 e-sports lovers, dedicated gamers and people in the Romanian game development industry, most of the participants being present during the January 27-28 weekend. The visitors participated in numerous activities that took place at the exhibition stands, where over 50 competitions and raffles have been held; fans of all ages gathered to meet content creators, professional players and their preferred youtubers.
The central event was held at Romexpo, where the main attractions were the e-sport finals of the ESL Southeast Europe Championship and the Final of the 3rd Season of the League of Legends National Tour. The winning teams were BPro (Bulgaria) at the Counter Strike: Global Offensive tour, the Nexus Gaming Romanian team at League of Legends, and player Georgios “Likeabawse” Papadimitrakopoulos (Greece) at the Herthstone tour. The Final of the 3rd Season of the League of Legends National Tour has been won by the RedFear Romanian team. The total amount of the prizes of these competitions exceeded EUR 16,000.
At Bucharest Gaming Week, visitors participated in various activities: a game design workshop dedicated to high school students, a concept art exhibition with creations from the games made in Romania, a panel with representatives of the Romanian game development industry, and a 48-hour game jam materialized in a number of 15 digital and non-digital games made in record time.
“As a segment of the entertainment market, video games have globally exceeded the film industry. At Bucharest Gaming Week, we demonstrated also to the general public that Romania is not only a big consumer of this kind of entertainment. Romania is also an important developer of such creative products from which millions of people across the word benefit every day” stated Tudor Daescu, Managing Partner at Daescu Bortun Olteanu.
The top moments of the central event held at Romexpo included the presence of the Romanian Army, the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Romania Invitational tour supported by HyperX, the Clash Royale tour with a prize of EUR 1,000, the Gateway VR Arena tour organized by Gateway VR, and the presence of the Romanian game development studios at the RGDA stand.
Bucharest Gaming Week was organized by the Bucharest Municipality via ARCUB.