Giant robot fights are going proMegabots wants to launch a robot combat league, and you're invited.
[MUSIC] You may have seen two giant robots fighting on the internet recently. That was Megabots versus Kuratas, and I am here with David Isaacs, the Head of week development for MegaBots, Inc. which is gonna be starting a robot fighting league that I would like to know much more about, and also MegaBots, Inc.'s VP of business development Jake Kuczeruk. Thank you so much for joining us today.>> Thank you.>> Thank you. All right so let's talk a little bit about the fight and then we'll talk about the leagues. So how do you guys feel at Megabots Inc about the very first megarobot fight? First of all it's amazing to have been able to bring this to people. We have so many people coming up to us and saying. Thank you for making my childhood dreams come true. I want people to realize how much technology, how much R and D went into this. It's really amazing to us to have finally been able to pull it off. Yes. Winning was nice. Winning is always good. You are in charge of the league. And it's development. Could you tell us a little bit about how you plan to lead to [INAUDIBLE] work, because giant fighting robots are a lot different to say, football? The idea is really that we have teams. Teams can come from individual cities, teams can come from companies and teams can come from other countries. We're going to bring them all together to have fights here in the United States, in arenas. And around the world, have tournaments. Awesome. So, if, in terms of the very first fight, there is anything that you guys at MegaBots could do differently, is there anything you would have changed? Or is there anything based on, Feedback from the internet or just internally is there anything you guys would have done differently? Yeah I mean we really wanted to host it here in the US. I think that's kinda one of the big things. And I think another thing is obviously for people that have different expectations when they think about giant robot fighting. They're looking at CGI Of course. And I think people��� I, I like the people that actually looked at our videos before and really knew what they were getting into. It is super hard to pull off giant robot fighting; and what we did, really for people who understand the technology, is amazing. We had a tremendous number of viewers who saw it. So I think we're proud and excited, what we did. And I think it's just the start. It's just the minimum viable product. It's just the proof of concept and we go from there. Will will there be a rematch of megabots and kuratas? Do you think that would be a thing that we might see? See? Never say never, but I think we are thinking forward. Moving on from Karatas. Different competitors. So far do you guys have a specific list of different competitors? What types of teams or people do you look for. How does anyone even get involved if they want to build a mega robot? Maybe they have one in their backyard and they're like I'd really like to be involved in this league. So, we have, I think 21 applications- Yeah Right now, to participate in this league. Wow. And we have to vet them. Because we know how hard it is to build giant robots. Frankly, there are a number of them that we're like, well, they may build a giant robot, but it might take them five years. What we're trying to do is figure out who actually has the technical capability. The financial wherewithal to pull this off. And then let them go build robots and compete against us in our league. We are gonna produce more robots, so we see ourselves as actually producing many, many robots, that we could brand differently, and we could produce them for other team owners So imagine the little bit- Wow So we see that as part of it and well also see the other teams coming in and bringing their robots. You may have seen Monkey King from China challenging us. We've had a lot of interesting challengers, for us part of it is to figure out Yes, who's for real and who can show up at an arena, at a specific date and really fight. Part of that is part of the development we need, rules, procedure, and regulations. That's really what we've been working on is seeing. What worked, what didn't worked as well as we like, what things do we need to and how do we set that up so that we have fair but really exciting fights. Yeah. One of the things I thought was really interesting that a lot of people in the internet were bummed out about was not being able to be there in person to watch the fights. And obviously, there is an element of danger involved. You never know how a robot Part is going to fly off if it gets hit. Or if something malfunctions. How do you, how do you keep people safe but enable them to, sort of, watch this things, or they'll be a little bit more prerecorded and packaged in, in a really professional way. Like, is there a plan either way forward? We are heading towards live live. Great. That's really the plan, and I think very shortly you will see announcements from us really that will make clear exactly how quickly we're planning to get there. Great, so some people have suggested that pilotless robots might be more exciting in terms of the damage the robots could do to each other. Cuz obviously you don't wanna put a human Human, person endanger for piloting these robots even though it was dangerous for them to be piloting them in the first place. Even though you made it safe as possible, is that a consideration or do you think that may be the Lego have rules about you must have a human pilot or may be there doesn't need to be one? Go ahead. I think we love this idea you know and frankly it's something we're testing, you know, we have You know two robots, so we are playing with some formats, we're trying out different combinations of manned versus unmanned. Just to see how it goes. And we want our fans to respond. We want to hear what they have to say, what they want to see. Because at the end of the day tha's what we're trying to deliver. I mean, personally, someone who helped start the UFC, I like the human element inside the robot. But, safety is a primary concern. Sure. And so I think we have to balance those. And so it may be that we have two different classes of robots with two different types of fighting. It may be that it's a developmental process where we move from Unmanned to manned robots, but we're still in the really early stages of this. We do want to make sure that nobody gets seriously hurt. Sure. And when you see the size and the speed of these robots in person you understand this is Heavy equipment, and moving very quickly. We need to do things in a very proper manner to make sure people really don't get hurt. So, you mentioned UFC, and you are one of the cofounders of UFC. You did that for a really long time. Did you just wake up one morning and decide, you know what, fighting robots is the future? I'm going to go with that. What makes fighting robots more compelling than fighting humans? I don't know if they're more compelling. I think there's a similarity though between when we first started the UFC and people and saw it and said I can't believe I'm allowed to see that. And when they see giant robots fighting for real, I think they think to themselves, I imagine that this might exist at some point, but I didn't know I'd ever get to see it for real. And that's what's really exciting for me. It's kinda like the next level Giant fighting robots. And people really love giant running robots I know that you guys did some great things on your toy shell could you elaborate a little bit more on that Jake. Yeah we did we actually had the largest none gaming stream following since 2015. So, huge accomplishment for us. A million viewers actually. A million viewers total, yeah, well over that. And, yeah Twitch is definitely gonna be kind of our platform for putting a lot of live content out there. Doing a lot of tests. Doing a lot of weird demos. So yeah, we'll start doing that starting this week. So check us out on tweet check megabox inc. Yeah. Sweet. And then, last question. If you had to choose two fictional robots to face of against each other, your dream match ups, what would they be? Jake, what about you? Man, that's a hard one. I mean, it's one we talk about at the office. But I think, honestly, I just saw Blade Runner, so maybe a Ryan Gosling bot versus the girl from Ex Machina. That'd be pretty cool pretty evenly matched. Ooh I like it. That does seem evenly matched to me. It's a sexy fight [LAUGH]. Yeah that would be yeah like not only for robot supremacy. It would be also who is the most attractive Ryan Gosling. That's a really good, that's a great one. I like that. What about you David? Yeah I'm not as interested in a fair match up. So I probably take kind of a David versus Goliath approach so one of the [UNKNOWN] bots. Gun tank or something like that, versus maybe the Arnold Schwarzenegger T1000, the terminator robot. So let's see what happens when kind of a more humanoid form robot takes on a giant robot. And let's see how he takes him out. That's a very compelling sports story. You seem like you know what you're doing. So I'm really excited to see what mega bots Has going on. You guys can check out Megabots online, they're megabots.com. You can see all of your YouTube videos, you can go to the Twitch channel. I mean there's a million ways to find them on the internet. We will be keeping tabs on Megabots. Put your ultimate robot showdowns in the comments, and we will see you guys next time. Be good humans! [MUSIC]