Bucharest, January 25, 2024 – # RBJ – Nexus Gaming, the most successful Romanian esports organization, has achieved a remarkable performance, qualifying in the European RMR (Regional Major Ranking) stage of the most important esports event dedicated to Counter-Strike, PGL Major Copenhagen 2024. This is the first Major 2024 competition, bringing together the world’s top 24 Counter-Strike teams from 17-31 March in Copenhagen.
The team composed of Cătălin “BTN” STĂNESCU, Adrian “XELLOW” GUȚĂ, Cosmin “ragga” TEODORESCU, Alexandru “s0und” ȘTEFAN and Ersin “ERSIN” CHIRIAC managed to write history in the world of esports in Romania, where they met extremely valuable teams in the Closed Qualifier stage. After eliminating BIG, one of the best teams in the world and 14th place, Nexus qualified for the RMR after a victory over the much more talented Estonian team sYnck. Following this result, Nexus moved up the HLTV rankings from 181st to 52nd.
“It is truly incredible to see how a team from Romania, with a anual budget of two hundred thousand euros, is preparing to fight against world-class clubs such as Vitality, valued at $200 million, or Heroic, a team that in the last two years alone has won $1 million in Counter-Strike competitions. In football terms, this Major is the equivalent of a combination of the UEFA Champions League and the Counter-Strike World Cup. We are proud to be pioneers in this path, and our success is a victory for the entire Romanian esports community,” said Octav “ang” Cretu, CEO of Nexus Gaming.
Nexus Gaming’s qualification to the RMR is a historic moment, because until now no other Romanian team has managed to reach such an important event. Romanian professional players such as Laurențiu “lauNX” Ț ELEA or Mihai “iM” IVAN, have participated in several Major competitions, but never as part of a Romanian team.
The next phase of the PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen 2024, Europe RMR B, will take place from 19 to 22 February 2024 in Bucharest.
Nexus will have an extremely difficult match against Astralis. For years, the Danes from Astralis have dominated the Counter-Strike scene, winning no less than 3 consecutive Majors and 4 in total. From the group that Nexus has been assigned to, other notable teams of calibre include Vitality, Mouz, Spirit, Monte, Cloud9, Apeks, Astralis, Preasy Sport, Gamerlegion, Guild Eagles, Ence, Ecstatic, Pera, OG and Heroic. Among them, headlining are Vitality, with a solid history of over 5 years in CS and an outstanding performance winning BLAST.tv Major in Paris last year. Also, the American team Cloud9 was the winner of the 2018 Boston Major.
At this stage of the competition, Romania enjoys another premiere. In addition to having the first Romanian team present at the Major qualifiers, we also have four other Romanians qualified with their teams at this stage, with real chances to reach the Major in Copenhagen. Mihai “iM” IVAN, former Nexus player, qualified with the Ukrainian Na`Vi organization, Adam “adamS” MARIAN, also former Nexus player, qualified with the Spanish KOI organization (owned by Gerard PIQUÉ), Sebastian “volt” MALOȘ is invited to RMR thanks to the GamerLegion team’s run in the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 final, and Iulian “regali” HARJĂU is with the international OG team.
PGL Major Copenhagen 2024 is offering a total prize pool of $1.25 million, with the winning team going home with $500,000, while second place will be rewarded with $170,000 and third and fourth place teams will be rewarded with $80,000 each.
Nexus Gaming has been operating as a team since 2015, and the last few years have been a meteoric rise for the Romanian esports organization.
Over the years they have had notable performances in games such as Counter-Strike, League of Legends and PUBG Mobile, and the organization’s expansion has targeted several areas of activity.
If in the early days we were talking about an esports team and an internet cafe, today we are talking about a media entity specialising in gaming. In addition to esports teams, Nexus has a dedicated video production and event team in the gaming space, a marketing agency with over 30 influencers, and the largest and most modern internet room in Eastern Europe.
The Nexus Gaming company has seen a turnover growth of between 50-100% annually in 2019-2023.