Mark your calendars, since you’ve bought recent new content material to look at on TV due to the Drone Racing League. The world’s largest drone racing leisure group kicks off its DRL 2021-22 season subsequent week. And if drone racing by itself wasn’t the longer term, this yr’s model has one other high-tech twist: drone racing now incorporates with blockchain.
The DRL 2021-22 season entails a long-term partnership between the Drone Racing League (DRL) and blockchain platform Algorand that its creators say “has no fashionable precedent in sports activities and leisure.” Here are a few of the methods you may anticipate the partnership to play out:
- Fans will be capable to buy blockchain-enabled tickets, collectibles and different transactions
- Expect to see Algorand hacakthon occasions occurring at DRL races world wide for crypto builders, programmers and coders
- Algorand can have the Title rights of the DRL World Championship circuit over the following 5 years
- DRL will develop a Digital Drone Racing sequence constructed into Algorand’s blockchain community
“Merging blockchain with drone racing is a bullseye for the league’s “tech-setter” followers, who’re early adopters, open-minded to new types of leisure,” in line with a press release from the Drone Racing League. “The firms share related DNA – each have visionary founders, each revolutionize their industries with know-how others have tried and failed to copy, and each transfer on the pace of racing drones.”
You can watch all of it in the course of the DRL 2021-22 season, which premiers on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on each NBCSN and Twitter.
The 2021-2022 season convey collectively the world’s 12 finest drone pilots, who will face 14 ranges of racing by each iconic sports activities arenas and DRL SIM digital maps. The winner will probably be topped the World Champion.
Expect to see about 30 hours of drone racing all through the course of the season. Physical programs will embody Allianz Field in Minnesota (house to Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United) and the FedExForum in Tennessee (house enviornment to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies).
“The Drone Racing League’s world, tech-obsessed followers love that our sport always evolves, and blockchain was the following groundbreaking know-how in our sights,” mentioned DRL President Rachel Jacobson.
The Drone Racing League has been round since 2015, and since then has raised millions of dollars in funding from traders together with Hearst Ventures, Muse lead singer Matthew Bellamy and Miami Dolphin’s proprietor Stephen Ross’s venture-capital firm RSE Ventures. Earlier this yr, DRL introduced one other huge partnership with T-Mobile with the launch of its first-ever 5G DRL racing drone. That magenta drone permits the stay streaming of high-definition racing footage so followers can see the pilot’s first particular person view racing footage in real-time over a high-definition feed with minimal latency or delay.
Will you be watching the DRL 2021-22 season this yr? If so, what are you trying ahead to most?