By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Drone Racing League welcomed its newest pilot this past weekend. The world’s premier drone racing league added Christopher “Phluxy” Spangler on Saturday, February 9th.
“Pluxy” is now a professional drone pilot, who has received a contract for the 2019 season. He outlasted a field of competitors at the esports event at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel.
Competitors began competing for an opportunity to compete at the event beginning on October 1st on the DRL Simulator. At the beginning of the event, there were 210 competitors.
Then, during the Quarterfinals, the fastest 24 competitors faced off against each other. The fastest 12 competitors then made it to the semifinals.
The final six players competed in the finals.
“Phulxy,” a 28-year-old from Bloomington, Minnesota, won the event when he raced over a city bridge in the final heats on the Swatch map, he received the $75,000 contract.
“I’m stoked to have been named the 2019 Swatch Pilot,” Swatch pilot Phluxy said. “It feels really surreal and I’m super happy to be able to fly in the 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Season. Last year at the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts, I got fourth, and over the past year, I changed my mindset and the way I trained, putting in a minimum of three hours of practice on the DRL Simulator every day, and it really paid off.”
This DRL event was the largest First Person View party of all-time.
“We’re incredibly excited to welcome DRL’s newest Swatch pilot, Phluxy. who went from a player-to-pro overnight,” DRL CEO and Founder Nicholas Horbaczewski said. “Taking place on DRL’s hyper-realistic drone racing sim, the Swatch DRL Tryouts is the only esport in the world that translates into real sports, further blending the digital and the real of the Sport of the Future.”
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