THE ULTIMATE ROBOT COMBAT SERIES, “BATTLEBOTS” RETURNS FOR AN ALL-OUT BATTLE ROYALE, PREMIERING DECEMBER 3 ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL
(Los Angeles) – After production was halted due to COVID-19 earlier this year, BATTLEBOTS is back for a brand-new season of epic robotic combat. Sixty teams from across the globe have converged for the hardest hitting, unremitting, steel splitting tournament in combat robotics. Unproven rookies, up-and-coming stars and legends in the game will throw their fearsome fighting machines into the BattleBox for a chance to walk away with the preeminent prize in robotic sport: The Giant Nut. The ultimate robot-fighting series, BATTLEBOTS returns for an all-new metal crunching season, premiering Thursday, December 3 at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.
The action-packed metal madness kicks off with an epic main clash – former world champion Ray Billings with his lethal bot Tombstone faces Jack Barker’s End Game from New Zealand. Other stars include Whiplash and SawBlaze, both with championship aspirations. Captain Shrederator, hoping to spin its way to a win against Lock-Jaw, and Bloodsport, who will be out for blood against Skorpios. This year’s builders have put their robots to the ultimate test and will stop at nothing to take down the competition.
Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian return once again to provide play-by-play commentary, while Jenny Taft reports from the builder pits and Faruq Tauheed is the ring announcer. Also, a new expert will be joining the commentary team: the Bot Whisperer, aka BATTLEBOTS veteran and robot guru Peter Abrahamson.
Filming with cast, crew and bot builders was carried out under the strictest health and safety protocols, with constant supervision and regular testing, and without a live audience. Instead, the spectators were the teams themselves, watching all the action (and their competitors) from specially constructed “opera boxes” placed around the giant BattleBox arena.
Each match consists of two remote-controlled robots competing in a single, three-minute round with the goal to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor. Their goal is to qualify for the 32-team, single elimination World Championship Tournament, culminating in the award of The Giant Nut at the end of the season.
Each episode highlights the design and build of the competing robots and profiles the teams behind them. Competitors come from all types of backgrounds – from families to university students and everything in between. Every machine is homemade and constructed from a variety of materials with custom-built weaponry to destroy the competition. The youngest competitor is just 11 years old and this season’s lineup includes the first ever 500lb walking robot.
In addition to watching BATTLEBOTS on Discovery, viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #BattleBots and following Discovery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Fans can also use the BattleBots AR filter (WT) on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat to share which bot the randomizer selects for them.
BATTLEBOTS remains the most popular robotic combat sport in the world, created by Ed Roski and Greg Munson and now seen in over 150 countries. It is produced by BattleBots, Inc. and Whalerock Industries. Executive producers are Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson, Tom Gutteridge and Aaron Catling. For Discovery Channel, Scott Lewers, Joseph Boyle and Wyatt Channell are executive producers and Paola Espinosa is associate producer.
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"BATTLEBOTS," THE WORLD'S PREMIER ROBOT COMBAT COMPETITION, GETS PICKED UP BY DISCOVERY FOR TWO SEASONS WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED 80 HOURS OF ROBOT-FIGHTING ACTION
2021 World Championships Set to take place This Month in The Fight Capital of The World, Las Vegas, With Tickets Available Now
BattleBots, the world's premier robot combat competition, is about to become even bigger than before. Today, Discovery announced it has picked up an additional two seasons of BattleBots, totaling an unprecedented order of 80 hours of robot-crunching action.
In another major move, BattleBots will stage its 2021 World Championships beginning next month in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas. The iconic BattleBox fight arena has been completely reimagined for the new seasons with extra hazards for the robots - generating even more tension and excitement for viewers.
In addition, the 2022 Championships will also be held in Vegas during the summer of 2022. All the bot-breaking action will play out in front of a live audience of dedicated BattleBots fans from around the world at Caesars Entertainment Studios. The new season will air later this year on Discovery.
"I can't wait to once again hear the iconic opening words, 'It's robot fighting time!' as announced by Faruq across Discovery platforms," said Scott Lewers, EVP Multiplatform Programming Discovery Factual & Head of Content, Science. "Vegas is one of the few places in the entire world that can match the adrenaline and fun of this competition and I'm thrilled it will be the backdrop to host these incredibly talented robot designers, builders, and fighters."
"Standby Vegas! - the bots are on their way from all over the world," said Trey Roski, BattleBots creator. "This is the most exciting development for the sport; to have a multi-year commitment from a broadcaster is what we've always wanted to enable our talented builders to have time to plan and design even more ferocious and imaginative robots for the future. It's a great day for BattleBots, and we're delighted to have such a supportive partner as Discovery. Since BattleBots started 21 years ago, I've always dreamed that Vegas would be the ideal permanent home for the sport. Now thanks to Discovery and Caesars we're achieving that goal."
"The best builders in the world, the best robot combat action, the most talented production and broadcast teams, the best platform partners in Discovery, and now the perfect host in Vegas - what's not to love about this deal? Our fans will go bonkers! The most entertaining combat sport on the planet is thriving," said Chris Cowan, Head of Unscripted TV at Whalerock Industries.
More than 65 teams will travel to Las Vegas with their fighting machines to slug it out in a series of battles to the death. The ultimate winner will take home the greatest prize in the sport: The Giant Nut, which is currently held by End Game from New Zealand.
The competition this year will be fierce. Teams from across America will compete against rivals from Europe, Asia and South America with the hope of bringing the Giant Nut back to the USA. Former title holder Tombstone will be in the field, along with current World Champion End Game. Fan favorites Witch Doctor, SawBlaze, Hydra, Whiplash and Valkyrie will also fight to hoist the Nut, while Backsmith, Minotaur, DUCK! and Icewave will hope for triumphant returns after missing the 2020 season.
Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian will return once again to provide play-by-play commentary, along with expert contributions from Pete Abrahamson, a.k.a. The Bot Whisperer. Meanwhile, Faruq Tauheed returns to the BattleBox as Ring Announcer.
Audiences are invited to watch the robot fighting action from BattleBots' new home in Las Vegas, where BattleBots will tape from August 23 - September 4 at Caesars Entertainment Studios.
Tickets are available now for the public ($40-$125) and can be purchased by visiting the BattleBots ticketing page.
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