The Drone Racing League (DRL), the global leader in professional and high-speed drone racing, today launched the DRL Simulator, the world’s most realistic drone flight and racing simulator, and introduced the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts to find the next great drone pilot. Aspiring pilots who want to compete in the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season, with a $75,000 professional contract, can download the Simulator and enter the Tryouts today. The competition will conclude on January 15, followed by a live eSport tournament to be streamed globally.
“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Swatch and announce the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts, aimed to find the next great drone pilot through a global eSport tournament,” said DRL CEO and Founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski. “We encourage drone fans around the world to download the DRL Simulator, which blends the virtual and real worlds of professional drone racing, and to enter the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts for a chance to fly the world’s most insane race courses.”
A partner of the 2017 season, Swatch has extended their relationship with DRL to become the title sponsor of the 2018 Tryouts. The winner of the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts will fly as the designated Swatch pilot throughout the 2018 Championship series. Additional partnership elements include the Swatch Gravity Gate and other in-course, in-game and global marketing initiatives throughout the 2018 DRL season.
“Following our first committed partnership to professional drone racing during this year’s DRL world championship, we are pleased now to be the main partner of Swatch DRL Tryouts,” said Nick Hayek, CEO, Swatch Group. “This new and unique e-Sport offers a progressive and dynamic environment, blurring the line between the physical and the digital and giving everybody a democratic chance to participate.”
Starting today through January 15, 2018, Sim competitors can master their drone and FPV (first person view) skills and go head to head with the world’s best pilots for a chance to compete live in the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts. Online players will race Levels 1-5 of the DRL 2017 season on the Simulator, featuring real maps of the racecourses from Miami Nights, Atlanta Aftermath, Mardi Gras World, Boston Foundry, and the Munich Playoffs. The top 24 players with the lowest cumulative time from all five levels will earn a spot in the live eSports-style tournament on February 3, 2018.
Last year, Jacob “Jawz” Schneider was crowned the tournament winner, earning a $75,000 professional contract and a spot in the 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship. An Indiana native who went from gamer to pro drone pilot overnight, Jawz successfully raced all the way to the 2017 DRL World Championship in London where he placed 7th overall. The Simulator includes replicas of all the 2016 and 2017 DRL Season courses as seen on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSieben and other top sports broadcast programs across the globe.
Players can learn how to fly a racing drone, compete against five other players at a time, and select digitized versions of zooming DRL drone models including the:
- DRL Racer3 – The official 90 MPH pro-racing drone, flown by professional pilots throughout the 2017 Season and designed and hand-built by DRL’s expert engineers
- DRL RacerX – The fastest racing drone on the planet, which recently set the Guinness World Record™ title for the Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter, achieving a top speed of 179.6 MPH
- DRL Nikko Air – The ultimate entry racing drone for aspiring pilots who want to learn how to fly
DRL Simulator specs:
- OS: Windows 8×64 or greater
- Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 (2.70 GHz) or better
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (2GB) or better
- DirectX: Version 11
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Storage: 4 GB available space
- Controller types: For best experience a controller or radio controller are needed; a complete list can be found here.
Fans can download the DRL Simulator on Steam here for $19.99, and then enter the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts.
DRL is the premier drone racing circuit for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2018 DRL is hosting a global series of seven races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Disney XD, OSN, FOX Sports Asia and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on DRL, visit www.drl.io.