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Our pals over at RoboGames are…um… gearing up for another great robot bash-up this weekend and they want you to be there when the bolts burst and the wheels come flying off (’cause isn’t that what it’s really all about?). They write:

Do you miss seeing fighting robots on TV or at Maker Faire? Wait no more! This year’s ComBots Cup takes place 2-7pm, October 29-30th, 2011 at the San Mateo County Event Center (same place as Maker Faire and RoboGames)

Teams from all over the US, Canada, and Brazil will be coming to California to fight for The ComBots Cup, the annual international robot combat championship now in its sixth year. The ComBots Cup event is to fighting robots what the World Series is to baseball. The two-day event features robots weighing up to 220 pounds fighting to be crowned world heavyweight champion. While the recent movie Real Steel thrills audiences with CGI robots, ComBots Cup delivers the real deal. A preview of all the contestants here.

At stake for the competitors is not just honor and glory, but the ComBots Cup itself, a 100lb, three-foot-high trophy that comes with the biggest cash prize purse in the sport. As seen on Discovery Science Channel’s Killer Robots: RoboGames 2011, hosted by MythBuster’s Grant Imahara, robot combat is enjoying a renaissance thanks to the burgeoning DIY culture in the US and beyond. Watch the video from this spring’s Discovery special.

Special Offer to MAKE Readers: Use coupon code “Maker” on checkout and save an extra $5 on your ticket purchase. Tickets here.

Full event details at the RoboGames site

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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