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Drone Racing League, Nacon Strike Gaming Tech Pact

Nacon Gaming will be the DRL’s official gaming headset and controller for the 2021-22 season.

The Drone Racing League has announced a partnership with Nacon Gaming, the makers of gaming products under the RIG and Nacon brands. Beginning Tuesday night, Nov. 16, Nacon Gaming will be the DRL’s official gaming headset and controller provider.

Branded commercial spots, streaming promotions, and unboxing features will showcase how fans can gear up and get good with RIG and Nacon throughout the 2021-22 season. The league will also release a new digital video series called “Sounds of DRL,” showcasing the best audio of the biggest moments fromDRL SIM, the Drone Racing League’s simulated companion for video game consoles.

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DRL pilots are at the pinnacle of our sport and require best-in-class equipment for our competitions,” DRL SVP and Head of Partnership Development Ari Mark said in a statement. “Flying in professional esports headsets from Nacon will keep our elite drone pilots connected during the esports portion of our season.”

The virtual portion of the DRL season will feature Nacon’s RIG Commander PRO headset — on its 10th anniversary, no less — as the chosen audio solution for professional gaming leagues. Pilots will fly through digital drone races on the DRL SIM, a true-to-life virtual competition that with courses and drones that correspond to physical DRL races.

At the end of the season, the pilot operating the simulator will face a real-life DRL pilot to determine the world champion. 

Image courtesy of Drone Racing League

Players looking to fly like the DRL pros can connect their RIG headsets and Nacon controllers to the DRL SIM game on PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, and Epic Games. Drone pilots train on the DRL SIM and even get drafted into the DRL through the SIM.

“It’s fitting on the 10th anniversary of launching as the first stadium class audio solution for esport,” said Gregory Morquin, Nacon global business director in a release. “The RIG Commander PRO will be used in the DRL, the next evolution of esports, combining live event competition with SIM virtual racing.” 

Fans can tune in to the 2021-22 DRL World Championship Season on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. EST on NBCSN and Twitter. The esports portion of the season will air live weekly from Nov. 17 through Dec. 15. 

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