Brace yourselves, the battle we all never knew we wanted is finally here. Team USA will take on Team Japan in the “world’s first giant robot fight” Tuesday night. The action is set to start at 10 p.m. Eastern and can be seen on the MegaBots live Twitch stream in the video above.
Team USA is bringing its chainsaw-wielding Eagle Prime — standing 16-feet tall — to the battlefield while Team Japan built Kuratas — a robot which stands 13-feet tall. While the Twitch stream is live, the fight itself already took place in September. It consisted of several days of battle in an abandoned steel mill in Japan, and the first robot team that could disable the opponent was crowned the winner.
Here’s a description of the “future of sports.”
Get ready to witness the most incredible sports entertainment that the world has ever seen: Nation-on-nation robot combat. Multi-ton behemoths will swing punches, tearing steel armor panels off each other until one mech is left standing, while the opponent is left a heap of scrap metal.
According to Newsweek, the robot battle has commentary by former UFC play-by-play man Mike Goldberg and robotics expert Saura Naderi.
The challenge was launched two years ago, when U.S.-based robotics company MegaBots challenged Japan’s Suidobashi to a giant robot duel. Japan ended up accepting the offer and a contract was signed to have a fight that includes melee combat.
MegaBots started a Kickstarter campaign to pay for upgrades to an already-constructed robot battle robot. It ended up raising over $500,000 and enabled the robot with the capability of throwing punches in preparation for the fight.
The MegaBots founders recently did a Reddit AMA and said a lot of time and detail went into the production of the event.
We spent the last two years talking to Suidobashi about how the arena would be set up, what the rules were, and the like. Ultimately, both teams were committed to putting on an awesome fight, and not murdering the other pilot, so we touched base regularly.
If MegaBots has its way, the streamed fight Tuesday night is the first of many televised robot battles. The company hopes to turn robot fighting into a profitable league.
“In terms of the revenue and how big it can be, I think the sky is the limit,” MegaBots co-founder Brinkley Warren said to CNBC in a 2015 interview. “I believe that the MegaBots league that we’re building will become one of the top three sports in the world within 10 years in terms of global audience, revenue, and engagement.”