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MegaBots Raises $2.4M To Create League Of Human-Piloted, Giant Fighting Robots (techcrunch.com) 52

Remember MegaBots? The Kickstarter success story that was raising money last year to pilot fighting robot named Mk II. Labeling it as a contest for world supremacy, the co-founders challenged a Japanese team Suidobashi Industries to a duel with its Kuratas bot. (Which it accepted very gracefully). The idea was to utilize this octane-packed event to sell merchandise products. Here's an update: it worked. TechCrunch reports: Oakland, Calif. startup MegaBots Inc. has raised $2.4 million in seed funding to bring the robot-fighting stuff of manga and anime to a venue near you. According to MegaBots cofounders, Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein, and Brinkley Warren, the startup aspires to follow in the footsteps of major sports associations like Formula 1 or UFC. With the seed funding, Warren said, MegaBots will be partnering with a law firm called Latham Watkins to help set up and roll out its league internationally, taking an approach similar to the Olympics. Specifically, MegaBots will be working with Latham Watkins Partner Christopher D. Brearton, who represents the International Olympic Committee, and has helped organized leagues and governing bodies in sports including the NBA, MLB, NFL and others.
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MegaBots Raises $2.4M To Create League Of Human-Piloted, Giant Fighting Robots

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  • I saw this movie already...

    It was called Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots the movie...

    Oh wait, sorry... It was Real Steel...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This ends with one robot fist smashed completely through the cockpit of a rival and raspberry jam leaking everywhere.

    End of league.

  • "MegaBots is evaluating potential host countries and working with governments that may be interested in and willing to host such an event, and future tournaments."

    We all know it's gonna be in Dubai. There is no way this won't be in Dubai.

    • it can be in the usa we just need more H1B's so we can get the people that we need!

    • "MegaBots is evaluating potential host countries and working with governments that may be interested in and willing to host such an event, and future tournaments."

      We all know it's gonna be in Dubai. There is no way this won't be in Dubai.

      It would be so wrong to build up a good sweat piloting a battling robot and not be able to have a good cold beer afterwards.

  • they don't look anything like Gundam...

    • by H3lldr0p ( 40304 )

      of course not. Gundams were for war, this is for entertainment!

      Besides, once shown that it can be done, the military can't be all that far behind. Especially if it can be shown that one person piloting the robot can take on several others at the same time. Think of the cost savings!

    • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

      they don't look anything like Gundam...

      Indeed, wrong font, for one. [pinimg.com]

    • To be fair, I totally expected the loaders from Aliens. I figured at that price, that would be about all that could be built.

  • Third's a charm (Score:4, Informative)

    by mwvdlee ( 775178 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2016 @03:21PM (#52086235) Homepage

    Link three, the last link in the article, is the one that contains actual information.

  • kind of cool (Score:4, Informative)

    by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2016 @03:24PM (#52086249) Journal
    Here's a video of the thing in action [youtube.com]. Kind of a cool hack, but I can't imagine full-scale combat with these things being anything but dull.

    The Japanese version seems more agile [youtube.com], but......
  • From TFA

    MegaBots is evaluating potential host countries and working with governments that may be interested in and willing to host such an event, and future tournaments.

    Translation: Looking for the place with the least restrictive laws and minimal requirements for liability insurance.

    • by zlives ( 2009072 )

      well its a california based company so... yeah not the US

      • well its a california based company so... yeah not the US

        Not Canada. Not anywhere in Europe. Probably not South America nor middle east. Most likely East Asia. Though Mongolia could be good, battling it out in the open air on the wide open steppe.

    • From TFA

      MegaBots is evaluating potential host countries and working with governments that may be interested in and willing to host such an event, and future tournaments.

      Translation: Looking for the place with the least restrictive laws and minimal requirements for liability insurance.

      Somalia?

  • One Must Fall 2097 (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Sowelu ( 713889 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2016 @03:29PM (#52086299)

    The game that taught me how the sound of banging two spoons together, slowed way down, sounds like one robot punching another in the face.

  • so... whats mounted on the arms and is it legal in california?
    also who has the insurance contract and when was the first fight... the blurb makes it sound like it has been successfully accomplished "Here's an update: it worked."

  • What? No "I welcome our new fighting robot overlords!" In spite of all the goodness new management is bring, man the crowd is slow sometimes. Maybe they'll put lasers on them too!
  • To handle the suits from all of the families of the deceased spectators from misaimed turbo-lasers and the like.

    Not that it's stop me from watching mind you. Just saying it's probably the first venue you may want to consider tickets with an obstructed view as a plus.

    • To handle the suits from all of the families of the deceased spectators from misaimed turbo-lasers and the like.

      Not that it's stop me from watching mind you. Just saying it's probably the first venue you may want to consider tickets with an obstructed view as a plus.

      LRM's will be banned, they can only use SRM's so problem solved!

  • I wonder if the rules will specify that the robots have to be anthropomorphic. If not, it seems a lot more sensible to just build one of the "human-piloted fighting robots" that we've been using for 100 years: a tank. Human-shaped fighting robots have the big disadvantage of being top-heavy and dependent on relatively small, delicate legs with complicated joints. Of course, that problem could also be solved by making a super-cool scorpion robot...

  • That's chicken feed compared to what will be spent on bots and holograms for the 2020 Olympic opening ceremony.

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