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RoboGames returns with fighting robots in April

Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, the "Olympics of robots" is back, once more invading San Mateo, Calif. The event will later be released as a Web series and DVD.

Robots fight fire with fire in RoboGames. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Get ready to watch robots rumble! RoboGames -- the largest robo a robo competition in the US -- returns to the San Mateo Fairgrounds in California, to entertain fans of metal mayhem from April 3 to 5.

Thanks to over 700 backers of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, RoboGames was able to raise $46,611, well clear of its original $40,000 goal. The crowdfunding made it possible for the popular robot event to return to the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as be made into a Web series and DVD.

"RoboGames is the Olympics of robots," David Calkins, co-founder of RoboGames, previously told Crave. "There are no other events in the world like it. Everyone is treated equally -- kids competing with Lego robots or adults with combat robots. Every event gets the same medals. Heavyweight combat robots are always the big draw."

Former "MythBusters" cast member Grant Imahara will host the event, as well as the new Web-based video series about the robo-rumble, alongside celebrity science podcaster Dr. Kiki Sanford.

More than 30 countries are expected to compete in RoboGames in 54 different events such as kung-fu, stair climbing, weight lifting, basketball, bipedal soccer and combat.

RoboGames -- which is run by the nonprofit group Robotics Society of America -- "showcases all different aspects of robot competitions, from 220-pound combat robots fighting behind bulletproof glass to 25-gram sumo robots no bigger than a quarter," according to the website.

Artsy robots also get in on the competition using their talents in music, painting and even bartending.

General admission tickets are $30. For $250, fans can purchase a VIP pass that include all-access admission to the pits where teams work on their fighters. Active duty military and their dependents get in free, as do children aged 6 and under.

Tickets for the 2015 RoboGames are available for purchase online. The event, along with behind-the-scenes action, will be recorded and packaged as a Web series, as well as a DVD, at a later date.

Grant Imahara chats with builders at RoboGames in 2011. Bonnie Burton/CNET