“BattleBots: DESTRUCT-A-THON” Launches Proving Ground for Amateur Combat Robots


Proving Ground Teams Pose with Their Bots.
(Photos Courtesy of BattleBots)


Select Bots May Earn Spot on BattleBots TV Show


“BATTLEBOTS: DESTRUCT-A-THON,” the live robot-combat experience inspired by the popular TV show, announces the launch of the Proving Ground. During select “DESTRUCT-A-THON” shows, amateur robots will receive the opportunity to compete in a Proving Ground match for a potential spot in the BattleBots World Championship TV show.

Every Proving Ground match will include the same rules used in standard BattleBots fights, including 250-pound robots fighting in front of a live audience. Amateur bots will fight a qualifying match against each other or against professional bots testing out new innovations and weaponry inside the BattleBox Arena.

Select teams in Proving Ground matches may be chosen by the BattleBots selection committee for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete against professional teams on TV.

“The Proving Ground provides the unique opportunity for amateur robots to compete for the exclusive chance to be seen on the BattleBots World Championship TV show viewed in more than 150 countries around the globe,” said Edward “Trey” Roski, co-founder and chief executive officer, BattleBots. “It’s an exciting chance to watch teams of underdogs potentially prove themselves victorious in the BattleBox Arena.”

Bot builders interested in competing in a Proving Ground fight for the chance to earn a spot on the BattleBots TV show can apply here.

“BATTLEBOTS: DESTRUCT-A-THON” is the live experience inspired by the drama, action and destruction of the TV series, condensed into an intense, fast-moving, 75-minute theater show. All the fights that take place during “BATTLEBOTS: DESTRUCT-A-THON” are real, and no one—not even the drivers—know which robot will be victorious each night. Each show is full of shocks, surprises and the kind of robot carnage for which BattleBots is famous. Each show consists of five to six one-on-one robot battles—the results of which are not only unpredictable but also sure to be chock full of surprises as the bots and their weapons—such as deadly spinning blades that can slice through steel like butter and flame throwers that can shoot fire six feet into the air—take over the arena. Guests can also marvel at the spectacle of 250 pound robots—the weight of an NFL lineman—or parts of robots soaring more than 16 feet in the air. DESTRUCT-A-THON” robots include many of the most famous which have delighted millions of fans all over the world. With names such as Witch Doctor, Kraken, Mammoth, HyperShock, Ginsu, Malice, Nightmare, Overkill, Tazbot and Whiplash – the lineup also includes new robots created specifically for the live show. Las Vegas audiences will have the unparalleled chance to see new robots, Chopper and Diablo, before they are featured on the TV series.

BattleBots is the world leader in the fast-growing sport of robot fighting. For more than 20 years, BattleBots has brought its unique mix of metal mayhem, flames, explosions and high drama to its passionate fans around the world. Created by Edward (Trey) Roski and Greg Munson and now seen in over 150 countries, the sport has over 10 million followers on social media, as well as tens of millions of television viewers. For more information, go to, or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.

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"BattleBots: DESTRUCT-A-THON" Launches Proving Ground for Amateur Combat Robots
"BattleBots: DESTRUCT-A-THON" Launches Proving Ground for Amateur Combat Robots