Drone racing is coming to Singapore.
The Drone Racing League is partnering with the nation’s airport authority, Changi Airport Group, to present the DRL Allianz: Singapore Champions at urban venue Gardens by the Bay on Nov. 26.
The high-speed racing event, organized with the Singapore Tourism Board, will also feature workshops for drone enthusiasts. Visitors will be able to virtually race a drone on the DRL Simulator and meet with drone pilots and photographers while learning about safe and responsible drone flying in Singapore.
The event marks the official finale of the 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Season, where the world’s best 12 FPV drone pilots compete across seven levels.
Four of the season’s top-ranking pilots will vie for first place of the Singapore Champions race through a complex three-dimensional track around the Flower Dome in GBTB – the world’s largest glass greenhouse.
“We are thrilled to partner with DRL to bring the 2019 championship finals to Singapore,” Jayson Goh, Managing Director of Airport Operations Management – Changi Airport Group, said.
“This is the first major drone racing event to be held here and comes at a time when public interest in – and government and industry support for – eSports is at an all-time high.”
“With drones becoming an increasingly significant aspect of our daily lives, this is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about drone technology and the safe and responsible use of drones. We look forward to more people discovering this exhilarating sport and believe the event, which has garnered more than 90 million broadcast views in previous years, will not only enhance Singapore’s position on the global eSports map, but also bring Singapore to the world.”
DRL CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski added:
“Southeast Asia has emerged as the world’s fastest growing eSports hub, and with its booming tech industry and stunning landmarks like Gardens by the Bay, Singapore is a dream location to host a DRL race that’s often described as a real-life video game. We’re thrilled for fans to experience the speed, crashes and technology of professional drone racing live in Asia for the first time, previewing our continued expansion of more live events in Singapore and across the continent in the years to come.”
The DRL Allianz: Singapore Champions race will premiere on Dec. 31 on Twitter via @DroneRaceLeague, and air internationally on top sports networks around the world for DRL’s tens of millions of global fans to watch.