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Video: Drone racing comes to mainstream television

The Drone Racing League (DRL) received an investment of $12 million Photograph: (WION)

Reuters New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 17, 2016, 11.23 AM (IST) WION Edge

The introduction of the Drone Racing Championships on mainstream television is the first step in making e-sports a household name.

The Drone Racing League (DRL) received an investment of $12 million from partners like Sky Sports and ProSieben after the proven success of the sport on social media platforms. 

The broadcasters will air a circuit of five DRL races from North America in October and November.

All pilots fly an identical drone; so winning and losing is purely dependent on people’s piloting skills and not technology.

The compact unmanned flying vehicles race at a speed of 80 m/h (130 k/h). They fly on complex three dimensional courses, which is unlike any other form of racing.

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