Brain training system increases player performance levels
For a professional gamer, just one percent improvement in performance can be worth millions of dollars. However, there is still no widespread tool for eSports gamers to measure and help them improve their performance. NeuroLeetThe developers of want to fill this gap with a device that tracks brain activity. It can be easily attached to a headset for instant data on stress and relaxation levels.
The esports industry is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years. According to Statistical, eSports revenues will continue to grow, reaching up to €670 million by 2023. The pandemic and lockdowns have also had a positive impact on the sector. The popularity of games and esports has increased significantly in 2021.
János Csipor and Dr. Gergely Márton develop a brain training system. Their prototype is ready to be tested. “We want to find out what impact NeuroLeet can have on player performance. How much can they improve and in what time frame. After all, top esports athletes earn millions of dollars, so even a 1% increase means a lot to them,” says János Csipor.
NeuroLeet is based on neurofeedback (EEG feedback) technology which is widely used by athletes and astronauts. NeuroLeet plays a pioneering role by specializing in this for the gamer world. “The software works by measuring brain activity while playing games and being connected to the computer via Bluetooth. It allows you to review your mental state (for example, focused, stressed or distracted) during important events when you were actively playing. After the game, you get an overview of what you need to improve,” says János Csipor.
Optimization of mental states
The software not only produces data and metrics, but also offers specific and personalized training. Dr. Gergely Márton likens the process to learning to ride a bike. “When you mess up and the bike starts to lean, you try to balance it. You can’t explain how you do this, but you succeed in the end. What we do with NeuroLeet is we try to give feedback on the brain activity that’s going on and optimize the mental state of the player.
Not only mental health, but also physical health is essential to the development of their products. Many players suffer from joint pain, sleep deprivation and, in the most severe cases, depression or anxiety. NeuroLeet’s system also incorporates motion sensors to track users’ physical activity, or lack thereof, which could cause stiffness. After the gaming session is over, it puts the user in a relaxed state to help them sleep better.
The challenge of making it user-friendly
During development, it was difficult for the team to measure very low amplitude neural signals. In addition, the signal-to-noise ratio also had to be there. Not to mention the ease of use of the device. “Generally, when you use an EEG cap, you have to inject a gel under the electrodes to improve conductivity. Then you have to wash your hair,” says Dr. Gergely Márton.
“We found a special solution, a conductive fabric that we optimized for EEG. It provides sufficient level of contact and improves signal quality,” he continues. In this way, the device does not require any additional effort from the user. It can be attached to any headset, and the measurement unit itself doesn’t take up too much space.
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Next step: find an investor and test the product
The NeuroLeet team wants to present its device to the general public only if it is certain that it will be successful. For now, they plan to do a larger scale study involving around 30 to 50 participants. “We know that gamers and eSports players are interested in this tool. However, we would like to test it before launch and give them a more advanced version,” notes János Csipor.
They are now looking for investors to accelerate the launch of the product. At the beginning of January this year, with the support of the Entry program and XI Agencythey attended CES 2022 and a study trip to Silicon Valley where they also had the opportunity to pitch to American investors.