The Drone Racing League (DRL) has launched the DRL Simulator, a drone flight and racing simulator, and introduced the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts.
Through the simulator, says DRL, players can learn how to fly a racing drone, compete against five other players at a time, and select digitized versions of DRL drone models. The simulator can be downloaded on Steam for $19.99.
Those 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, says DRL. The competition will conclude on Jan. 15, followed by a live eSport tournament to be streamed globally.
A partner of the 2017 season, Swatch has extended its 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 in-course, in-game and global marketing initiatives throughout the 2018 DRL season.
Starting today through Jan. 15, online competitors 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 Feb. 3.
“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,” says DRL’s 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.”