Romania, the land of choice, as one tourism spot advertised it…
But is it also the land of choice for progaming? Even today, sadly, gaming is regarded as “a waste of time” or something suitable for children, and by any means, not something you should do as a full time job. Esports in Romania is more popular in the Counterstrike, Fifa, Dota areas, with Starcraft lagging behind. Despite some other new promising emerging talents, the international community knows this country by it’s top 2 players, Nightend and Deathangel and by the Team NRS, who even recruits foreign players.
Still, in a country of over 20 million inhabitants, this is but a drop in an ocean. There have been a few attempts to develop a strong Starcraft 2 community here and a few leagues and contests organised by PGL, Pet, ACL, but still, we light years behind the korean progaming scene. Yes, there is the fault of a society that lived decades under communism, a doctrine that has corrupted the minds of the people beyond repair (some of them still vote the communists parties that go by different names today), but there is also the matter of the players and their commitment. I have seen the lack of seriousness of some in regard to the cups they were entered in, that led eventually to their exclusion or abandonment. I have seen rage, insults and a general lack of maturity both on forums and ingame coming from pro and wannabe pro players, an attitude that only comes to support the general bias that gaming is for spoiled kids and can never be compared to a real sport.
My oppinion is that players that start early (in highschool for example) when they have the time and there is little pressure and responsability about having a job and providing for a family, have the best chance to make it big. Winning in international cups and tourneys will give them the boost to go forward and if they are good and maintain a solid work discipline can be recruited by foreign teams.
So, do you have what it takes?
Here is a little something to motivate you: