Roland Pang’s first encounter with drone racing was on YouTube. Intrigued by a video of fast-moving quadcopters zipping through the air at a race course in California, he instantly went to buy one for himself.
“When I first flew my drone using my goggles… I was just completely hooked,” he said.
That was five years ago. When I met Pang in Hong Kong on a humid Sunday in April, he was busy working through the last-minute logistics of an event he helped organize — billed as the city’s first indoor drone race, taking place that afternoon.
As with esports, the emergence of drone racing goes hand in hand with improved technology.
Just as a speedy and affordable broadband network helped esports grow, the rise of smartphones brought down the price of small cameras