"BATTLEBOTS" KICKS OFF ELIMINATION ROUNDS WITH "DESPERADO" SPECIAL
Second Half Kicks Off Friday, August 3 at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel and Wednesday, August 8 at 9 PM ET/PT on Science Channel
(New York) - The epic robot-fighting series BattleBots returns with even higher stakes for the second half of its 2018 season as momentum builds towards the 2018 World Championship and the awarding of the Giant Nut to the ultimate BattleBots Champion. As part two of the season commences, some bots are already on the brink of elimination, including several fan favorites. In order to give them a last chance at qualifying for the championship, BattleBots is staging its first ever 'Desperado' Tournament, where 8 teams will be given the chance to win one guaranteed place in the final 16 qualifiers. It's a fight to the death, and only one robot can win.
The Desperado Tournament is the first of 10 new episodes in the second half of the season, and is set to premiere Friday, August 4 at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel and Wednesday, August 8th at 9 PM on Science Channel.
BattleBots, the world's largest and most popular robot combat competition, features the biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for robot combat sports supremacy. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian call all the action, while Jessica Chobot serves as the sideline reporter. Faruq Tauheed is the ring announcer.
The metal munching mayhem, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the sparks and all the robot guts and glory, will culminate at the end of this season in do or die matches that will ultimately crown the 2018 BattleBots champion. Some of the favorites that will be duking it out are Tombstone, Minotaur, Chomp, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, Biteforce, Yeti, and more.
BattleBots highlights the design and build of each robot, featuring bot builder backstories, and their pursuit of the BattleBots championship. Homemade robots have been built on a myriad of platforms and feature a huge variety of deadly weapons as they go head-to-head, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard 'BotCams' and more than 20 ringside cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics.
BattleBots is the killer robot combat sport created by Ed Roski and Greg Munson. It is produced by Whalerock Industries and BattleBots Inc. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson, Tom Gutteridge and Aaron Catling. Wyatt Channell will executive produce for Discovery Channel and Science Channel.
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