The Sports Landscape has a new league. Imagine the podracing scene from Star Wars Episode I. The DRL is the premier drone racing league. A sports and media company, DRL combines worldclass flight skill and proprietary technology to create engaging drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2016 DRL will launch a global events series culminating in a World Championship. It was founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015.
I spoke with Nick in January about the launch.
After hearing from the head of the DRL, see it in action. Check out these videos directly from the Drone Racing League.
The company, founded in 2015, has built an in-house team of race specialists and drone engineers to reimagine the traditional sports league. With multiple heats per event and continually evolving courses, each pilot will be forced to improve as the season goes on or risk elimination. In summary: ● There are three stages to a DRL race event: Qualifyings, SemiFinals and Finals. Each round contains multiple heats, so that pilots get a few attempts at racing the same line. ● DRL races are in enormous venues, with the course bending through tunnels, up flights of stairs and around razor sharp turns. In each race there are gates that the drones must fly through to stay on track, miss a gate and the pilot is disqualified from the heat. Points are awarded based on checkpoints and finishing time – just like common racing video games. ● Pilots who finish the season with the most points are invited to the world championship where they can compete for the title of world’s best pilot.
Growing A Global Community of Drone Racing Fans Centered around a community of thousands of drone pilots and the increasing demand for VR and FPV racing content, DRL is best positioned to bring the incredible skills of an elite group of pilots to passionate enthusiasts and a new global audience. ● A growing industry: Hobby drones are on pace to be $4.4B category by 2020 and some retailers like Amazon are selling more than 10k hobby drones per month. ● Finding the next sports hero: Later this year, DRL will have an open call for new pilots. In order to qualify, candidates will be able to participate in a videogame-based tournament.