DRL has introduced the web-based, realistic, drone flight/racing DRL Simulator to be used in qualifying for the 2018 DRL Allianz (AZSEY) World Championship Season. Beginning today, aspiring pilots can download the Simulator on Steam (cost: $19.99) and compete on virtual maps of real racecourses from the 2016 and 2017 DRL seasons; with open tryouts running through January 15th, 2018. The top 24 pilots will qualify in the 2018 Swatch (OTC: SWGAY) DRL Tryouts, a live esports-style tournament that will be streamed globally on February 3rd, 2018. The winner will receive a spot in the Championship season and a $75,000 professional contract.
Howie Long-Short: DRL is a global sports league, so partnering with SWGAY; a brand with global reach, makes sense. During the 1st half of 2017, SWGAY grew sales 1.2% YOY (on a constant currency basis) to $3.9 billion; while increasing profits 6.8% YOY to $298.49 million. UBS strategist Karen Olney was quoted in a story yesterday touting Swiss stocks; citing their cheap valuations, a secure market and the potential for big returns as the local economy improves. SWGAY is based in Switzerland.
Fan Marino: You don’t have to be an expert pilot to participate in the competition. In fact, you don’t even need experience operating a drone. As DRL CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski said, the Simulator was built to be “one-to-one with real life” and will teach you all the elements necessary to fly one. Once you complete the 50 training missions, “you’ll be a very competent drone pilot.” Then pick up a DRL Nikko Air DRL Drone ($139.99) at a mass market retailer and impress your friends with your newfound skill-set.
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