The central event of the third edition of Bucharest Gaming Week 2019 will be held on 9 and 10 November 2019 at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. Here, more than 10,000 gamers will attend and play the most popular games having also the chance to meet their favorite influencers.
Also, gamers will have the opportunity to discover the productions of the game developing studios in Romania. The main purpose of Bucharest Gaming Week, both within the central event, but also within the other events that will take place between 4-10 November, is to highlight the entire universe related to the games world – from art direction, programming, education needed for developing games, technologies and top-of-the-edge products, up to gaming as entertainment and esport.
The finals of ESL Southeast Europe Championship will be hosted in the Palace of Parliament, world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function. It is the 10th season of the ESL Southeast Europe Championship (ESL SEC) – the longest running professional competition in the region. The best teams in PC game Counter-Strike: Globall Offensive and the mobile Brawl Stars will competing live, in front of the audience in Bucharest, while the show will be broadcast in the region in local languages. A total of 350 teams and 1581 unique players have participated in the 10th season of ESL SEC, and only the best of the best would battle down at the live finals.
Romania has strong tradition in esport which is also clearly visible from the history of ESL SEC. The finals have been held live in Romania 4 times already, and now for the 10th anniversary of ESL SEC there will be 5 live finals in Bucharest. ESL SEC has had 4 Romanian champions thus far – Nexus Gaming won the CS:GO tournament in Season 7, while XPC Gaming won it in the 3rd edition. In Season 6, Nexus Gaming won in League of Legends and the world-renowned Hearthstone competitor – RDU – has won in season 1.
In 2019, Vodafone and ESL launched the Vodafone 5G ESL Mobile Open – a mobile gaming tournament with the first Grand Final in competitive international esport played live over a 5G network. The Vodafone 5G ESL Mobile Open commenced on 31 May and ran until 29 September 2019, and was opened to players from 17 countries where Vodafone is present.