Photos courtesy of Whalerock Industries.
Starting on Tuesday, fans of robot combat sports will have a chance to attend a taping of the Discovery and Science channels’ BattleBots series in Long Beach.
The strongest, fastest and most technologically advanced battle bots will clash metal to metal with all-new episodes set to premiere this spring on both channels, featuring a revised fight format.
Previous tournaments were organized as single-elimination rounds, while the new format offers head-to-head matchups that as the fights progress, are tallied to determine the top 16 bots who will go on to compete for the Giant Nut trophy during the remaining two days of the event.
Every live event session will feature fight cards with battles between BattleBot All-Stars, undercard fights between rookies as well as exciting exhibition matches, according to the announcement.
Sessions take place starting Tuesday, April 3 with multiple events each day and run through Sunday, April 15. Attendees may be seen on television and are advised to dress accordingly. Additionally, no photos or videos are permitted during the tapings, which can last three to four hours. While the last handful of sessions are sold out, the early days of the event feature some of the best fights. For more audience requirements and tickets to the fights, visit the link here.
“BattleBots is the perfect union between cutting-edge science and entertainment,” Marc Etkind, general manager Science Channel, said in a statement. “Having heard the call from robot fans clamoring for more action, we are thrilled to bring back this iconic series.”
BattleBots is a reimagined take on Whalerock Industries’ killer robot combat sport and the original BattleBots franchise, created by Ed Roski and Greg Munson.
Homemade robots from around the world are built with “deadly” weaponry with the goal of disabling their opponents. During a fight, two robots are placed head to head in a single, three-minute match. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges decides the winner.
“This is a sport for smart people where it’s all about ideas and building something cool. BattleBots is a fight to the death, but no one gets hurt. It’s the place to show-off your imagination, your engineering prowess and art, and your ability to make it survive – and we couldn’t be happier bringing BattleBots to Discovery,” Ed Roski, BattleBots co-founder, said in a statement.
The matches will take place in Building 52 located at 2401 East Wardlow Road.
Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her on Twitter and Instagram @theasiamorris and via email at [email protected]
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