MegaBots Kickstarter Cancelled?

Credit: MegaBots Inc

MegaBots has been up to some pretty interesting ventures in the past 2 weeks. They’ve been testing their new weapons, a knife and spear, as well as sparing robots against each other for fun and fans.

Credit: MegaBots Inc         

Hydraulic fluid for everyone; bring a bucket and tell your friends. But that is not the main subject. The main release is a robot tournament. In the video above they stress the main points that had early been reported in one of my updates on their company. They want stadium battles, they want an international fighting league and they want to foster the development of teams across the globe to create this dream. To do this, they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise a whopping $950,000 in order to fund this endeavor. A number of their perks include name credits, shirts, wallpapers, die, comics, t-shirts, tournament tickets, season passes, as well as piloting the robot and all sorts of combination packages. They really do have a large goal in mind and I hope they’ll achieve it.

This is an announcement from David Isaacs, Head of League Development at MegaBots and one of the founders, the COO and President of the UFC during its early days. He has said that MegaBots needs rules and regulations, just like any sports league, which he will personally be working on. Some examples he mentions are standards for the weight classes, arm spans, horsepower, weapons and probably a few more specifics based on how they didn’t even have rules for their first fight.

Credit: MegaBots Inc

However their goal, if left unachieved, could spell the end of the fighting robots. They’ve spent years developing this technology and if it fails to garner significant public attention then they may take this as a sign that the people are not interested. If you want to help them succeed you need to support them in some way. Even if you cannot afford it, advertising online by sharing and posting links can be just as helpful. They’re shooting (get it) for a tournament to be held by the end of 2018 which, if you understand even the first thing about Kickstarters, is highly ambitious. They even admit that it may be too unrealistic however there is a slight difference. They are not some small team or person making something; they are a professional company with more powerful executives. They could push the project ahead faster however that may not be the best plan.

MegaBots says it will shut down if it can’t reach its next crowdfunding goal

 

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I had basically finished this article by the time that the new update occurred on Nov. 21. The Kickstarter launched by MegaBots has ended, apparently due to the slow rate at which funds accumulated. It should be noted that other Kickstarters have raised substantial funds before. OSSIC X, a company behind some excellent headphones (future article), set a record for their phenomenal amount of $2.7 million after only seeking $100,000. Excellent marketing would definitely help but perhaps the rate of funding scared them away. They announced that they are still accepting merchandise purchases through their website and will be seeking alternative funding through a separate source which they feel is more appropriate.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/megabots/worlds-first-giant-robot-tournament/posts/2051252

I was reading the comments below the sorrowful debate when an interesting item came across my eyes. A backer was sad that they wouldn’t be able to pilot the robot (one of the goals) which MegaBots responded to by saying that you can book the service. I followed their link with intrigue and discovered that by following the link below you can drive a massive robot. Unfortunately it’s not cheap. It’ll cost $1,200 for a ride and $5,000 to punch a car (not sure what’s up with the price hike, how much are used cars?). If you’re interested click right here.

https://www.megabots.com/book

 

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