The first Virtual Drone Champions League “VIRTUAL DRONE GRAND PRIX” (“VIRTUAL DCL”) of the year took place on July 18 and 19, 2020 at the Liechtenstein Badutz with the opening round (sections 1 and 2).
RAIDEN finished 5th in the first section and 4th in the second section in a hard-fought battle, and are in 4th place in the 2020 season ranking with 230 team points.
Scenes from the first and second games against Liechtenstein Badutz
◆Finally, the U.S. Proptown match, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, begins!
◆Proptown Fight, RAIDEN Players
Five roster pilots from RAIDEN have been selected to compete!
“Saqoosha” (41),Team Captain “Bear Hat”, Japan
Oldest pilot to play an active role in the team since its inception in 2018. Second place in the Japan Drone League for the year. a dependable bear hat who has been the team captain for RAIDEN since 2019 and leads the team.
“Thunder_FPV” (15),The Prodigy of Ibiza, Spain
A genius pilot from the beautiful isolated island of Ibiza in southern Spain. He won five of the six tournaments of the 2019 season in the IBERIAN DRONE LEAGUE, the Spanish League. The current Spanish national team.
“Longcat” (28), Nordic God of Destruction,Sweden
The Norse God of Destruction who destroys all drone races. With his majestic beard, he shows the ultimate in speed. He has represented Sweden in many world competitions and has achieved many results. He is the current representative of Sweden.
“Kosta FPV” (14), Helmeth – Guardian God, Germany
Only 14 years of age German pilot, he is a very calm and precise flyer in very technical courses.
As well as his flying dependent on his reliable skills, his massive, heavy tenor voice which is difficult to imagine from his appearance is his charm.
RAIDEN selected him for the second pick in the second draft selection.
“Manny H!mself” (32), The Sorcerer of the Sky, USA
The DRL, the largest drone racing league in the U.S., held in April of this year, is the world’s fourth-ranked sky wizard in the DRL sim tryouts. He brings his active character and honed drone piloting skills to the team.
In the 3rd and 4th edition of the DCL, against US Prop Town, RAIDEN will be fighting with these 5 players and the team as one.
Thank you for your support.
Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, 2020, DCL General Headquarters The season’s opening games (sections 1 and 2) opened at the Liechtenstein Badouz .
DCL official released in February 2020 DCL The Game, a drone racing game (on PS4, Xbox One, Steam) VIRTUAL DRONE, a virtual drone racing league that takes place in (playable) GRAND PRIX” (“VIRTUAL DCL”), the main sponsor of the season opener. With the motto “Instruments for Professionals”, the Swiss company has expanded into various aviation fields. Watch manufacturer BreitLING has been chosen as the main sponsor of the event, and the name of the inaugural event will be BREITLING VIRTUAL DRONE GRAND PRIX VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN”.
A press conference of RAIDEN RACING was held on April 25, 2018.
Many reporters came to the press conference.
Thanks for your cooperation .
◆Inauguration of “RAIDEN” and participation in Drone Champions League 2018 Series, outline of press conference
On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, a press conference on RAIDEN RACING by DRONE SPORTS Co., Ltd. was held at a special studio of J SPORTS sports specialty channel.
Inauguration of Japan ‘s first professional drone race team “RAIDEN RACING” (hereinafter RAIDEN) and announced participation in Drone League “Drone Champions League” (DCL) of Europe’ s highest peak. A lot of media gathered at the press conference, which highlighted the high degree of attention.
The speaker was Yu Kotera, the founder and CEO (from the bottom left, in order),
Businessman and co-founder Mr. Takafumi Horie, Mr. Anton Nelson of DCL director general director of video, Mr. Ryuta Kotera of interpreter, RAIDEN DRONE RACER (in order from the top right) “DK”, “KAZUMA”, “TAKUMI” , Relayed from Indonesia “MARIO”. MC is Mr. Tetsuji Nishiwaki of DRONE Evangelist (Right Chair).
◆The speaker comment
●Founder/CEO Yu Kotera
In Japan, the recognition of the drone race is still low, in the world the drone racing is said to be a new sky sports but in JapanIt does not exceed the range of hobbies.
We join DCL. DCL is a world drone league like to F1. It will be held in symbolic places of various countries such as the Great Wall of China. It is also fun visually.
●Co-Founder Mr.Horie Takafumi
I make Horie Takafumi Innovation University(HIU hereafter) online salon opened . has started to hold a drone race tournament centered on HIU three years ago. As we repeated it twice and three times, that the Japan Drone Racing Association(JDRA) was formed . I feel the drone race is getting exciting. Of course, it is exciting all over the world, but from the perspective of engaging from the beginning, there is no doubt that the drone racing will greatly develop. It is interesting not only to see the drone race, also for investment targets.I know everything about the techniques used in drone racing. I think that my role is sponsored team sponsorship and team public relations.
●Mr. Anton Nelson of DCL director general director of video
DCL welcomes the participation of the Japanese team very much. DCL wants to expand its market in Asia, and in August it will hold the first competition in Asia in China. In fact, we are currently discussing the 2019 season in Japan.
First of all, I would like RAIDEN to have good performances in the 2018 season .
Recognition of drone racing in Japan is still to come. Through the media, I would like you to know it. I would be happy if more people would want to try.
About DCL participation, I want to aim for the best in the world as I can make a lot of effort. However, sometimes it is called the first race, there is a lack of experience of fighting teams and making strategies for winning. For the season of this year, I want to develop these goals and grow by achieving it firmly.Also, RAIDEN is not a transient team that ends in only one year. I would like to aim for the world’s No.1 team by accumulating know-how and know-how
That is drone crusher, kazuma asami. Last year’s number of drone crashes was 100 machines … (haha)
I think there are times when it crashes, but I want to aim for polite flight with youth as a weapon. The name of the drone crusher will be returned this year (haha)
I would like to overcome various challenges with the team.
I would like to try hard to aim for the best in the world in order to participate in overseas races.
I have been working on a drone race for about a year now, but I would like to wear skills that I can pass through the world through RAIDEN activities. I will practice more and aim for that level.
●『MARIO』Axel Mario（Relay from Indonesia）
Thank you for taking the opportunity to participate in DCL. This should be a very good opportunity for me.
I am sorry that I could not participate directly in a press conference, but I would like to do my best to do the best in the game and try to keep results.
――How do you think about monetization of the professional team?
（Yu Kotera）We have an advertisement space on uniforms.This is the same as football team etc. We also want to increase the content and increase the profits.
――Are you paying for drone racers?
（Yu Kotera）I signed a contract with each pilot and I pay a fee.We will also bear the cost of accommodation and transportation to participate in the DCL, as well as the cost of the drone’s used during the racing (one 50,000 yen will be charged).Drone is made up of many parts, but by sharing them in the team, we can also repair each other. Such a system is something that can not be done in individual racing.
――Does the DCL race have an upper limit for Japanese racers?
(Yu Kotera)Since it is closed this year, it is participating only in RAIDEN at Japan team.From next year, other Japanese teams may participate in the due to rule changes etc. I would like other Japanese teams to come out. I hope to be able to create a variety of teams and be able to work hard. As for the team members’ formation, it is conditional to select four pilots. Three of them are Japanese and one is a foreign player as an observer. In addition to this, there are two pilot seates that participate when the main pilot can not participate.
――What are the differences between Japanese and foreign drone regulations?
(Yu Kotera)In Japan there are regulations that only three can be blown at the same time. There are no such restrictions abroad, and 8 DCLs jump at the same time. As long as regulations in Japan are not revised, we are currently discussing with DCL, to hold DCL in Japan 2019, but it is difficult with the current law. We will coordinate with each place while understanding.
――What are the differences between Japanese and foreign drone regulations?
(DK)The DCL regulation is different from the drones race being held in Japan. Firstly, the drone is big. Radio waves are also different. In Japan, we are flying a radio wave from the controller to the dorne and steering, so if the airplane hides behind objects it will crash. With DCL, many antennas are set up, so it is possible to fly even where the field of vision does not reach.
――Do you participate in events other than DCL, or are you hosting them?
(Yu Kotera)In Japan, we plan to hold a drone experience session, a drone festa and a drone race. I would like to actively engage in enlightenment activities, and I want to extend the population of the drone racing. I will participate in an overseas league, but I do not mean I do not see Japan at all. I am planning to reimport it to Japan.（※）Kotera is the Former Chairman of Japan Drone Racing Association . He has a track record of holding the largest drone race in Japan several times
――How can we make the domestic drone racing excitement?
(Yu Kotera)I have served as representative director of the Japan Drone Race Association for two years and also holds international conventions. (HIU’s project from Mr. Horie speaking at the beginning)
The important thing in organizing the event is entertainment. I have some idea that will make fun.
(Takafumi Horie)Integral excitement including the race venue is important. Even children can be professional pilots, so I have a very dream. I think that it is necessary to acquire fans more widely by performing comprehensive coordination such as experiential society, VR, gourmet.
(AntonNelson)From the standpoint of video production, I think that it is important to increase fans by providing high quality media contents. Actually, I have also taken at the school of a middle school pilot of RAIDEN, but I would like to make attractive contents by presenting the process by which a hero of a drone race is born from such a picture.
◆ DCL 2018 season, opening race is June 22, 23 Germany / Munich! Please look forward to the success of RAIDEN!
Finally, we will inform you various news through its inauguration, RAIDEN which started full-fledged activities, and activities. While casting a single stone on the way the Japanese drones industry is, we will propose new sports and will provide you with new entertainment.
Also, we hope that you will be able to inform us if companies, individuals, who are interested in the sponsor of RAIDEN who will challenge the world.
Thank you for your consideration.
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