It is said that drone racing is going to be the sport of the future.
Have you ever heard of the first National Drone Racing Championship?
This is something many people don’t realize exists.
“FPV drone racing (where FPV stands for first-person view or first person video) is a sport type where participants control “drones” (typically small radio-controlled aircraft or quadcopters), equipped with cameras while wearing head-mounted displays showing the live stream camera feed from the drones.
Similar to full size air racing the goal is to complete a set course as quickly as possible.
Drone racing began as an amateur sport in Apollo XI RC Field, Los Angeles, California in the Fall of 2014, with an official race produced by Aerial Grand Prix.”
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“The Drone Racing League (DRL) is a professional drone racing league based in the United States.
Pilots race first-person view drones through three-dimensional courses at speeds above 80 MPH.
Founded in 2015 and launched publicly in January 2016, the league’s inaugural season featured five races across the United States and was broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports and ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany.
DRL’s 2017 broadcast season began in June.
News publication Quartz described DRL as feeling “like pod-racing from Stars Wars” with “hopes [of becoming] the Formula 1, NASCAR and MotoGP of drone racing.”
There was also the World Drone Prix in Dubai – the winner, a 15-year-old boy from England took home a total of $250,000.
Throughout the world, there are dozens of drone races being held every month.
Yet, despite it all, as of right now, no one has taken the steps to bring this sport to the mainstream.
Regardless of how you stack it, there’s no denying the fact that there has been a large amount of growing excitement nesting around the prospect of drone racing becoming a new sport – with this, competitors will race against each other with their futuristic sounding vehicle, the drone.
There are small quadcopters that are controlled via a remote – they’re very agile and can move at speeds of one hundred miles an hour.
Unlike with most of the other racing sports, like horses and cars, there is no human on the drone (of course).
Instead, the pilots will be standing to the side, with goggles on as they’re steering the drone based on a video feed that comes from a camera mounted on the nose of the drone.
The name given is FPV racing – if you’re a gamer, you may have heard this term before – it stands for first person view.
While the pilots may not have much of a choice in regards to the view they use, the audience does.
The most popular choices include first and third person.
Sometimes, you’ll be watching the drone from the sidelines as they whizz by you, other times, you’ll be watching a video from the perspective of the drone.
Many times, the audience isn’t able to keep track of the drone – instead, they see little black specks flying through the air, making them hard to pick out against the background.
Drone Racing League developed a solution to this – they place colorful LED lights and matching rotors on their drones – this way, the drones pop against the background, making them easier to tell them apart.
Here we are, in the Pokemon Go future-present, but its drone racing that could be the next big hit.
Esports are already worth thousands of dollars.
“eSports (also known as electronic sports, esports, e-sports, competitive gaming, professional gaming, or pro gaming) are a form of competition using video games.”
Most commonly, eSports take the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players.
The most common video game genres associated with eSports are real-time strategy (RTS), first-person shooter (FPS), fighting, and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA).
Tournaments such as the League of Legends World Championship, The International, the Evolution Championship Series and the Intel Extreme Masters provide live broadcasts of the competition, and prize money to competitors.
The Drone Nationals attracted a large amount of people and some blue-chip sponsors, like GoPro and AIG.
Looking at the statistics, drone sales over the past year were four times more than what we saw last year during the same time.
It has been estimated that the sales in 2016 were nesting at 1.9 million.
We can naturally assume that this hype with drones and drone racing isn’t going to die down anytime soon as it’s just getting started.