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Delta 1 Esports Café: Hungary’s Latest Esports Hub Opens

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Attila Jakab, founder and CEO of Delta 1 Esports Café, outside the venue.

Budapest has inaugurated its latest electronic gaming venue, the Delta 1 Esports Café. The hub offers a comprehensive environment for amateur and professional esports enthusiasts alike, including coaches, player management, mentorship programs, and training camps. It also provides AI training courses. Its mission is to nurture talent and support individuals aiming to grow and succeed in the field.

Esports has seen significant growth in Hungary over the past few years, with increasing participation and recognition nationally and internationally. The country has produced several notable esports players who have competed globally.

Hungarian esports organizations and events are gaining momentum, and there is a growing community of gamers and enthusiasts. This burgeoning industry is supported by various initiatives to foster talent and provide resources for aspiring esports professionals.

The establishment of dedicated esports facilities and training programs has contributed to the professionalization of the sport in Hungary. The government and private sector are also investing in esports, recognizing its potential for economic growth and youth engagement. As a result, Hungary is becoming an emerging hub for esports in the region, attracting both local and international attention.

The Delta 1 Esports Café includes sections for PC, PlayStation, and virtual reality gaming, VIP rooms, and spaces suitable for team boot camp training within its 270 square meters. It also features a dedicated classroom for educational purposes. What sets the venue apart is its comprehensive support system, offering dedicated coaches for various games, career management services, and professional mentoring covering legal, financial, and competitive aspects.

Esports gamers welcome.

Elite Club

“We felt there was a need for an elite esports club where the next generation of esports players could seek advice, expertise, and support,” Attila Jakab, founder and CEO of Delta 1 Esports Café, said at the opening.

“Here, they can meet coaches and teams, and integrate into the scene. Our mission is to elevate local talent who will further enhance the reputation of esports as players, streamers, or commentators,” Jakab added. “Delta 1 aims to initiate dialogues on important topics such as mental health, gamer culture, and strengthening women’s presence in esports,” he continued.

The founders emphasize the importance of local expertise development, drawing on their significant experience teaching esports fundamentals as a standalone subject at Óbuda University. Delta 1 also collaborates closely with the Hungarian Esports Federation (Hunesz).

“At the Hungarian Esports Federation, we work to promote and support the growth of esports nationwide. A key pillar of our work is connecting and supporting local esports communities. Delta 1 is a prime example of the strength found in local esports initiatives. We believe such endeavors offer opportunities for talents to flourish,” stated Balázs György Biró, secretary general of Hunesz.

The Delta 1 Esports Café is located at Lechner Ödön Fasor 1 and is open to all enthusiasts. The hub also offers unique group local area network (LAN) experiences. Visitors can bring teams of 3-5 people to enjoy uninterrupted gaming sessions in exclusive bootcamp rooms equipped with the latest hardware. These sessions can include additional features such as pizza and beverages, making for a complete gaming day. Furthermore, the café can provide coaches for enhanced esports training, contributing to a professional and immersive gaming experience.

Educational Background

Delta 1’s founders are not new to the academic aspect of esports, with established programs at Óbuda University. This expertise is now channeled into Delta 1, aiming to support the community’s gaming and educational needs. The collaboration with Hunesz further strengthens the initiative, providing a robust framework for developing esports in Hungary. Jakab highlighted the café’s broader mission beyond just gaming.

“We want to address crucial issues like mental health and the representation of women in esports. By creating an inclusive environment, we hope to foster a positive and supportive community for all players,” he said.

In an interview, Jakab discussed the potential number of esports players in Hungary and their proportion among regular gamers. He noted that, while exact figures are unavailable, only about 1% of gamers become professional esports players. Jakab also elaborated on the significant earnings of professional esports players abroad, highlighting that they receive comprehensive preparation, including training, nutrition from dedicated chefs, and participation in physical exercise regimes.

The Delta 1 Esports Café is, therefore, not just a gaming venue but a comprehensive support system for aspiring esports professionals. It aims to bridge the gap between amateur and professional levels by offering targeted training and development programs. With a focus on mental health and community support, Delta 1 says it is setting a new standard in the esports industry.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of June 14, 2024.

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