MegaBots announced today they are establishing the new international sports league of the future.
MegaBots is the company behind a 2015 challenge to Japan to a huge robot duel, which Japan accepted. MegaBot is building their fighting robot with the help of $554,592 raised on Kickstarter. It will be a 15-foot tall, 12,000lb robot capable of hurling 3lb projectiles at speeds of over 130 MPH. The Japanese robot, Kuratas, is being built by Suidobashi Heavy Industries and currently weighs in at 9,000lb.
The duel will take place this summer. Official date still TBD.
In an update to their Kickstarter page and through email, today MegaBots announce they officially have venture capital funding. Funding comes from Autodesk, AME Cloud Ventures, Azure Capital, v1.vc, plus anonymous angel investors.
This funding is for MegaBots “to not just have one fight, but to establish the science fiction sports league of the future.”
This particular international sports league of the future will be a giant robot combat sports league. We hope it means robots versus robots, because not even Mike Tyson in his prime can take on MegaBot Mk. II.
In an update to this story we’ve learned one possible vision for this league is to set up massive live action events featuring competitive teams of human-piloted 7-ton humanoid robots that shoot paintballs at each other.
“Fans will be able to affect battle outcomes by engaging with multi-platform media before and during live events”