You might have heard but drone racing is set to be enormous, and the US has a new competitor in the field – the Drone Racing League – who held their first official race twisting in and around the Miami Dolphins Stadium, as can be seen in the stunning video below.
Travelling at speeds of up to 80mph, the neon lit course sees the custom-built units, provided by the organizers, banking from the stands into the interior of the building (and well out of direct line of sight).
“It’s like a real-life video game – you’re wearing goggles, holding a controller but you are in the middle of a real thing,” Nicholas Horbaczewski, CEO of the Drone Racing League, told ABC News. “It’s an e-sport brought to life.”
Via RSE Ventures, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross, has a $1m stake in the league, which also has media-connected funding from CAA Ventures, Lux Capital, and Hearst Ventures, as well as from Matt Bellamy of the band Muse (whose last album was titled ‘Drones’).
The next race of the six-course series will run through an abandoned Los Angeles shopping mall, while a pre-season event featured an abandoned power station on the Hudson River nicknamed ‘The Gates of Hell’, which you can see in the video below.