BattleBots is an American epic robot-fighting series returns which is aired from American Comedy Central to ABC and now in Discovery since Season 6. The current version of BattleBots is an offshoot of the original American Version of the previous Robot Wars. It has been around since 1997 going through a variety of organization changes, starts, and stops.
In BattleBots teams are made of up a mixture of product design, engineering, software, electronics and robot enthusiasts who design, build and test their robots. It has the biggest, maddest, strongest and fastest next-generation robots from all corners of world. For every match, there are two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout in which they have to destroy or disable the opponent. If there is no destruction during the battle then the panel of judges declares the winner.
For many years, robot combat in the US was a sport reserved for relatively small groups of builders. BattleBots is the robot combat program which aired on Comedy Central for the first four seasons and then on ABC channel and now in the Discovery Channel for the new season. With the new season, the show also has a new format. Unlike the previous season, BattleBots now has a “regular season” of fights followed by a post-season tournament, like other competitive sport leagues.
Marc Thorpe, the founder of the popular Robot Wars competition, was entangled in legal battles over the Robot Wars brand. Many events in San Francisco, CA were planned and then cancelled due to legal issues. A pair of veteran builders, Trey Roski and Greg Munson was given the legal go-ahead to host an event eventually by which a few months later in August 1999, the first official BattleBots competition was held in Long Beach, CA.
This event had three weight classes: Kilobots which ranged 25-55 lbs for wheeled and 25-83 lbs for legged, Megabots ranged 56-109 lbs for wheeled and 84-164 lbs for legged), and Gigabots ranged 110-200 lbs wheeled and 165-300 lbs for legged but in the tournament only a few legged bots were entered in the competition. As the show gained in popularity and also was featured on an episode of the Tonight Show and an episode of the popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.
With the end of the television series in 2002 with the success achieved, BattleBots has continued to host tournaments across the country. Now it has been more than 10 years since BattleBots first aired on television.
BattleBots is the perfect union of science and entertainment where robots, built by its respective team knock out each other.
Friday Night is Fight Night.
The reality series of Battle Bots where teams build robots to fight each one another other has returned on a new channel with new episodes for Spring 2018. Though the new series has some noticeable changes, BattleBots will still follow the same formula has it has done since its creation in 2002. Teams will build robots and compete in a series of showdowns and the winner of the fights will be determined destruction done or by a panel of judges if both robots are left functioning at the end of a battle.
For this season, 55 robots weighing a maximum of 250 pounds are chosen and have the chance to fight up to four times each. The main goal is reach the top 16 ranking and qualify for the post-season where there will be knockout rounds until a winner-take-all fight to crown the 2018 BattleBots World Champion. The participants were from all over the world including: Brazil, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States.
To participate in the BattleBots, each Team must minimum of two numbers where they are allowed to design and submit a single robot. The applicants should be a member of a single team and must be at an age of 18 or older.
To compete in a BattleBots Tournament, first you have to:
- Study the Design and Tournament Rules to gain knowledge about the robot you allowed to build and steps to follow after that.
- Design your combat robot down to the last details.
- Completely fill out the application form.
- Make detailed drawings of the design.
- Make a simple video of the Team and the robot.
- Submit this form, drawings and video to BattleBots.
The main rules that need to be followed in BattleBots can be broken into two major categories: Design Rules and Tournament Rules.
The following rules have been designed to be as unrestrictive to the design process while balancing fairness to other competitors, arena damage with the safety consideration of all competitors, crew, and audience members. It states the upper and/or lower bounds for a variety of characteristics for a potential bot.
- BattleBots Basics
- Bot Control
- Component Protection
- Floor Clearance
- Weight Limit
- Electrical System
- Remote Control
- Construction Materials
- Active Weapons
- Internal Combustion Engines
- Handling Safety
- Telemetry Package
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These rules describe the basic definitions and procedures to be used at the tournament and are mostly focused to the safety considerations of BattleBots 2018 contest
- General Tournament Rules
- Pit and Preparation Area Rules
- Remote-Control Radio Use
- Safety/Technical Compliance
- Match Descriptions
- Contest Procedures
- Tournament Format
- Rules Enforcement
After the popularity gained by the TV series, BattleBots toys are now available in remote control robots, construction sets, clutch and clash, and push strikes. HexBugs is creating a wide range of amazing BattleBots toys. HEXBUG toys is a union between fun and education where it draw kids in with fascinating behaviors, intelligent life-like attributes, vivid colors and designs This first batch included remote controlled versions of Tombstone and Witch Doctor, Clutch & Clash versions of Bronco and Bite Force, and Push Strike versions of all four bots!
BattleBots Arena is one of the large toys released by HEXBUG made of plastic wall panels where the bottom half resembles the barrier closest to the arena floor while the top half is see-through and more flexible and a foldout cardboard floor. This toy highly resembles the arena used in the first season of the ABC as it includes all the arena hazards which are controlled via levers behind the wall supporting them, the hazards are painted into the toy.
Weight Limit for BattleBots
During the Previous Seasons, BattleBots were separated into 4 weight classes ranging from 60 lbs to 340 lbs – but for 2018 there is just the one open class. The classes were:
- Lightweight – 60 pounds (27 kilograms)
- Middleweight – 120 pounds (54 kilograms)
- Heavyweight – 220 pounds (100 kilograms)
- Superheavyweight – 340 pounds (154 kilograms)
But for 2018, season 6 there is only one class with following limitations:
The maximum allowed for the new season is 250.0 pounds ready to fight whereas “Flying bots (Flybot)” are limited to a maximum of 10.0 pounds each, ready to fight. Although the Flybot weight is kept for a limit, it may be a case-by-case basis, depending upon the construction and configuration of the Flybot. The official weight of the Flybot will be measured on the certified scales at the Tournament. Weight measured elsewhere is not applicable and if your bot is overweight, you will have very little time at the Tournament to correct it.
- Safety covers used do not count towards the weight of your bot.
- Cameras installed will not be included in the weight limit of your bot.
- An installed telemetry package is also not counted towards the weight limit of your bot.
Additional Decoration Weight
The additional decoration done increases the robot weight over the 250 pound limit. The rule criteria further includes:
- The decoration itself should not weigh more than 10 pounds and shouldn’t protect or serve as a weapons
- Prior to match, the decoration can be removed with simple tools but within 5 minutes.
- BattleBots officials can request the removal of the decoration at any time for any reason.
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The new season of BattleBots shot in front of a live audience back in April 2018 at Long Beach, for Discovery and Science Channel. To be the part of the live audience for future seasons, or to be the first one to know about other BattleBots events, you can sign up at the mailing list in the official website of BattleBots.
How to watch BattleBots online?
BattleBots now has is aired in more than 150 countries. To watch the series online, below listed are some services:
Sling TV is one of the best ways to watch BattleBots online because it offers 20 popular channels for just $20 a month with the ability to add-on channels and packages. It is accessible within countries like Chicago, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Fresno-Visalia, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, or Philadelphia. But if you aren’t living near the mentioned areas then no worries, Sling TV is expanding the soon. You can sign up as a new customer and get a free 7-day trial, which you can also use to watch BattleBots online free for a week.
Hulu is among of the most popular streaming services available because it’s one of the only streaming networks to offer new episodes from a wide variety of cable and local networks. It uploads the new episodes in some cases in a day, but most often in eight days duration after they have aired on TV. Hulu also offers huge library of older, full-season shows, and a collection of movies that range from blockbusters to classics.
PlayStation is another way to watch BattleBots online. It is a live stream service that offers around 60 awesome channels and an on-demand library for near about $30 a month! It is accessible within countries like Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. You can watch PlayStation Vue on PS3, PS4, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. PlayStation Vue ties you to your home location so if you use it outside of your home, you won’t be able to access any Vue content.