Sometimes dreams can come true, and for one North American drone pilot, they have. Brodie “Robogenesis” Springer, a 25-year-old video game player from Port Angeles, Washington, won a global eSport competition to be a signed pilot with a $75k contract for the DRL 2018 racing season.
The Drone Racing League is headquartered in New York City and is one of the world’s premier unmanned aerial vehicle racing leagues.Robogenesis won the Drone Racing League Tryouts, a tournament offering amateur drone pilots from around the world the opportunity to go pro. He will be the first-ever Swatch-sponsored pilot for the 2018 Drone Racing League Allianz World Championship Season. Swatch is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of watches and a new sponsor of the global racing event.
In a statement about the event the watch company said: “Swatch was particularly excited to commit itself, in partnership with the Drone Racing League, to running the 2018 Tryouts and offering everyone a chance to become the next professional drone pilot by participating in this digital tournament. We are also pleased to announce that the winner, Brodie “Robogenesis” Springer, is the new official Swatch Pilot. His skills and passion reflect the values of these elite competitions and we are thrilled to have him on board!”
This was not Robogenesis first attempt. He landed a spot in the 2017 Tryouts but only made it as far as the first round. Last year’s winner, Jacob “Jawz” Schneider placed 7th overall at the conclusion of the season.
Hopefuls for the Tryouts competed on DRL Simulator, considered one of the most realistic drone racing simulation video games in the world. On Saturday, February 3, the best players in the world gathered at Microsoft’s Manhattan flagship store.