Sports activities betting firm DraftKings and the Drone Racing League (DRL) will now permit betting on drone races in some states, the 2 companies announced. DRL, which CNBC describes as a first-person view racing league, permits pilots to compete for prizes by flying their drones by way of programs.
Residents of Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, and West Virginia will be capable to guess on the races by way of their telephones, and regulatory approval is pending for betting on drone races in different states, the businesses mentioned. The phrases of the deal and the quantities of the prize cash weren’t disclosed, however drone racers in a 2017 tournament competed for $100,000.
“The sky is now the limit for DRL fans to get skin in the game, and we’re thrilled to partner with DraftKings to transform our high-speed race competition into the ultimate sport to bet on,” DRL President Rachel Jacobson mentioned in an announcement. Based on CNBC, drones used within the occasions are constructed by DRL, and each is value about $2,000. The league has offers for media rights to the races with NBC Sports activities and Sky Sports activities, and a streaming association with Twitter to host its preflight reveals.
DraftKings first launched DRL drone races final yr as a sort of take a look at run, and says response was higher than anticipated. According to Forbes, the primary free-to-play pool in November drew greater than 150,000 entrants. DRL was established in 2015.
The primary races, a part of the 2020 DRL Allianz World Championship Season, are slated for Saturday at 4:30PM ET on NBC, Twitter, and Fb. DRL and DraftKings will host pre-flight reveals forward of the reside occasions to present followers particulars on the best way to take part.