Move over drone racing, drone fight club is here. Founded in 2013, the game is pretty simple according to PC World. Two drones are pitted against one another with the objective of forcing the other to the ground. PC World reports the fight is based on a 3 point system with the drones losing a point every time they hit the ground. First one to hit the ground three times loses says Game of Drones co-founder Marque Cornblatt in Tested’s YouTube video above.
In the video, taken at the 2014 Maker Faire (a large science themed fair) in San Mateo, Cornblatt describes the work that goes into making sure the combat drones are indestructible. If built well, the fighting drones usually only suffer damage to their propellers (PC World). The drones can be decked out with cages and weapons in efforts to preserve the drone and take down opponents (San Jose Mercury News). Weapons can get creative according to Cornblatt.
“We’re starting to see some very interesting offensive weaponry,” Cornblatt says in Tested’s video. “For the Maker Fair, for the sake of safety, we decided to prohibit any projectiles or fire or chemicals or anything like that – which we use a lot of when we’re fighting privately.”
Spectators of the sport not only get to watch drones knock each other out of the sky, but also watch innovative engineering as pilots ready their drones or repair them while waiting for their turn in the ring. Cornblatt tells Tested that he finds the audience interested almost equally in both.
Between racing and combat it looks like drone enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to! For more video of the drones in combat view PC World’s report below.