Frequently Asked Questions

General questions Technical requirements The online game (First stage) Case study competition (Second stage) Case study finals National finals
General questions
What is the game about and what stages does it consist of?
CEE Business Experience Challenge is a two-stage competition that consists of an individual online part (“Online Game”) and group online part based on online or offline cooperation between players forming teams of 2 or 3 members (“Case study competition”).

The main goal of the Competition is to familiarize players with the most important tasks performed by PwC consultants in the four core departments of the company: audit, advisory, tax and risk assurance. It is also the presentation of PwC core values and other most important information about the scope of the company’s activities.

Through the Competition, PwC is also aiming to find and recognize the best students and graduates who could join the company. However, it is worth remembering that the registration and/or the participation in the Competition doesn’t provide any benefit, advantage or exemption during the (actual) recruitment process in the PwC company, and no legal relationship is formed with the PwC company.
What is the timetable for the game?
Online Game schedule:
The first week: 15 - 26.09.2021;
The second week: 27.09 - 03.10.2021;
The third week: 04 - 10.10.2021;
The fourth week: 11 - 17.10.2021;
The fifth week: 18 - 24.10.2021;
The sixth week: 25 - 28. 10.2021.
On 29.10.2201 (00.00 Central European Time), the ”Create new account” button, placed on the Competition landing page, will disappear. Registration will no longer be possible.

Between 15.09.2021 and 02.11.2021 all the players, who have completed the Online Game, will be able to form or join teams within the Case study competition stage.

Case study competition schedule: 02 - 16.11.2021.

On 02.11.2021 (12.00 CET) a case study will be uploaded for all registered teams.

All teamed-up players will be able to download the case study and upload the solution until 16.11.2021 (23.59 CET).

PwC will publish the results of the Case study competition on the following website: https://ceebusinesschallenge.pwc.com by 30.11.2021 (23.59 CET).

Three, up to five teams per each country will deliver the best solutions within the Case study competition will be invited to the national finals. Those will be organized between 20th of November 2021 and 20th of December 2021 in the selected PwC office within the respective country.

The international final, to which the representatives of the winning teams from each country will be invited, will take place in Hungary (Budapest) or Poland (Warsaw) in the first quarter of 2022. PwC may convert the finals to the online mode in case of a bad COVID-19 pandemic situation.
What can I win in the game?
Each week of the Online Game, the first three players from each participating country in the Weekly ranking will receive a set of gadgets not exceeding the value of €20.

PwC will fund the participation of the winning teams in each country’s national final that will be organized in one of the local PwC offices. It is impossible to estimate the amount of this award at this time. PwC reserves the right to convert local finals into the online mode due to COVID-19 pandemic situation.

PwC will sponsor the participation of the winning teams from each national final in the international final. It is impossible to estimate the amount of this award at this time.

The winning team in the international final will receive a €3,000 prize - equally shared by its all members.

The runner-up in the international final will receive a €2,000 prize - equally shared by its all members.

The third-placed team in the international final will be awarded a €1,000 prize - equally shared by its all members.
Is the game part of PwC recruitment, and if so, is it compulsory?
The game is not part of recruitment, but can complement it. The condition is that the player agrees in the registration for the game to use their data for recruitment.
Where can I make comments about the game?
Please contact us here: pwc@businessexperiencechallenge.com.
Why do I need to enter my personal data during the registration process?
Firstly, we want to be in touch with you. It is also important for us to be able to give you rewards and verify, for example, your age, status or place of residence.

Remember also that you enter additional data in your game profile. They are also important because they allow other players in the second stage to find out something about you and/or use them for our recruitment process.
Who can play the game?
The player must be at least 18 years old and maximum 26 years old when first logging into the Online Game.

Players’ country of residence must be one of the following: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia or Slovenia. National finals of the competition will be organized in those countries only.
Сan I take part in a game if I’m younger / older that 18-26?
You can play being any age but only those meeting the terms and conditions will be rewarded. On the day of registration you must be at least 18 years old and maximum 26 years old to be rewarded.
Can students and graduates from all fields of study play the game?
Yes, we are open to any fields of study.
How will the weekly prizes be delivered?
Prizes will be delivered to the player by PwC within 30 working days after the respective week. Prizes will be delivered within the borders of a country the player has registered in.
Can PwC employees take part in the game?
No. Employees, as well as shareholders, executive officers, trainees and other people being in any permanent relationship with any PwC entities may not take part in the competition.
They may register and experience the game, but will not be eligible to qualify for the national finals nor get weekly prizes.
Is the competition free of charge?
Yes, taking part in the CEE Business Experience Challenge competition is free of charge.
Technical requirements
We support the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and MacOS Safari. We recommend to use these web and mobile browsers.
What technical requirements do I need to meet to be able to play the game?
You need the newest Google.
Can I play on my phone?
Yes, the game has its responsive version, which allows you to play it on your phone. However, we suggest that you use phones with larger screens.
What happens when my internet connection goes down?
Does the game save the progress?
The game has its save points in first stage. However, they are not shown to players. In case of unexpected loss of internet connection, you will start the game from the nearest save point you have passed already. Second stage of the game don’t need save point.
Can I play the game offline?
You cannot play offline. You need a computer or phone and an internet connection.
The online game (First stage)
How long will it take to play?
Please check out the game schedule with is shown under the question about game timetable. The first stage passing should take you between 30 minutes and an hour. We cannot estimate how long it will take you and your team to solve the case study.
Can I play with friends?
Sure. We are counting on you to do so however remember that the first stage of the game is individual. Only the second is team-based. Inviting friends is rewarded in-game. You can get additional maximum 100 points. For each new player registering via a special invitation email, You will be awarded 10 extra points.
What do I get for referring friends to the game?
You can get additional maximum 100 points. For each new player registering via a special invitation email, You will be awarded 10 extra points.
Case study competition (Second stage)
What should I do if I don’t have a team?
You will find a chat room in the game. Make contact with other players and agree to form a team together.

You can also apply to join an already formed team that lacks a player or players. You can also create your own team and invite people of your choice to join it.

There are many options. If you don’t find a team in the end of second stage, you can tick the auto-teaming up option in your profile and join a team with others players who couldn’t find the team like you.
Can I team up with people from different countries?
No. You can only form teams within your country of residence.
Can I change my team members during the competition?
You can only change them during the so-called teaming up round in the second stage. If you are the team creator you can add or remove players from your team.
What happens if I fail to team up until November 2nd?
If you fail to team up and give us relevant consent in the profile, we will team you up automatically when the case study is published.
In what language should I solve and present the business case?
English.
What will be the judgment criteria of the business case?
During business case review we will look at following criteria: width and depth of analysis, structure and logic of your solution pitch, quality of your ideas and the quality of presentation.
Will all steps of the game be conducted virtually?
No, we plan to physically hold national finals and an international final. The possibility depends on the pandemic situation.
The rest of the game will take place virtually.
Case study finals
Which countries do organise national finals?
We are playing in 11 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
When and where will the national finals be organised?
The national finals will take place in the capitals of the following countries in PwC offices or online: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
When will I know if my team is invited to the finals?
PwC will publish the results of the Case study competition on the following website: https://ceebusinesschallenge.pwc.com by 30.11.2021 (23.59 CET).
Does PwC cover the costs of winners’ participation in the finals?
PwC will fund the participation of the first 3 to 5 teams in each country’s national final and in the international final.
National finals
Who will be invited to the national finals?
PwC will invite best 3 to 5 teams in each country to national final. We are playing in 11 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
When and where will the national finals be organised?
The national finals will take place in the capitals of the following countries in PwC offices or online: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia. Those will be organized between 20th of November 2021 and 20th of December 2021.
When will I know if my team is invited to the finals?
PwC will publish the results of the Case study competition on the following website: https://ceebusinesschallenge.pwc.com by 30.11.2021 (23.59 CET).
Does PwC cover the costs of winners’ participation in the finals?
PwC will fund the participation of the first 3 to 5 teams in each country’s national final and in the international final.
What happens when the whole team cannot be present at the national or international finals?
During the national and international finals each team has to consist of at least 50% of it’s full squad (1 person for 2-people teams and 2 people for 3-people teams). Team members may join the finals online in case they cannot participate in the final in person for any reason. In case the team fails to meet these conditions, it gets disqualified.