BALLARAT’S gaming wizards will have a free opportunity to try Drone Legion before it officially hits Australia’s first Esports event next month.
The ground-breaking Esports tournament and virtual reality experience is part of the Digital Innovation Festival, a program which will showcase and celebrate excellence across the Victorian digital and tech world.
Drone Legion was started in 2016 as a university project at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment over a love of drones, virtual reality and Esports.
It is a virtual reality drone racing games which has been developed by Dark Shadow Studio, run by Ballarat’s Casey Thomas.
Ms Thomas said she had a passion for virtual reality and drones.
“Four years ago, I didn’t know what I was going to do until I found gaming,” she said.
Saturday’s event will see the competitor with the fastest time on the day will win a $100 GUF Games gift voucher. Attendees will also have the chance to experience other virtual reality offerings, such as the City of Ballarat’s 3D Virtual Tours of the city’s heritage buildings and hidden spaces.
After this weekend’s event at the Ballarat Tech School, Drone Legion will be featured at the Melbourne Esport Open which will be held at Melbourne Park on September 1-2.
Ms Thomas said she was blown away to be part of the major event.
“We are very to be part of this world first event and show off our game Drone Legion to the public on a massive scale,” she said.
Saturday’s event is part of the Digital Innovation Festival which runs from from August 24 to September 7.
This year, GovHack events will open and close the Digital Innovation Festival in Ballarat.
GovHack is an open data hackathon, run annually by volunteers which is focused on unlocking the value in open data published by government.
Now in its fifth year, GovHack Ballarat celebrates technical and creative capacity, opens the door to collaboration with governments, and has helped to advance the cause of open data to drive social and economic value.
For more information about GovHack, or to register for one of the events visit govhack.org
Drone Legion will be open to the public from 11am-2pm at Ballarat Tech School on Saturday. While the event is free to the public, registrations form 30 minute sessions are required.
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