Discovery Orders Two More Seasons of BattleBots


Discovery has picked up an additional two seasons of the robot-fighting series BattleBots, totaling 80 hours.

BattleBots will stage its 2021 World Championships beginning next month in Las Vegas. The BattleBox fight arena has been reimagined for the new seasons, with extra hazards for the robots.

The 2022 Championships will also be held in Vegas, during the summer of 2022. The new season will air later this year on Discovery.

“I can’t wait to once again hear the iconic opening words, ‘It’s robot fighting time!’ as announced by Faruq [Tauheed] across Discovery platforms,” said Scott Lewers, executive VP of multiplatform programming for Discovery factual and head of content for science. “Vegas is one of the few places in the entire world that can match the adrenaline and fun of this competition, and I’m thrilled it will be the backdrop to host these incredibly talented robot designers, builders and fighters.”

“Standby Vegas!—the bots are on their way from all over the world,” said Trey Roski, BattleBots‘ creator. “This is the most exciting development for the sport; to have a multiyear commitment from a broadcaster is what we’ve always wanted to enable our talented builders to have time to plan and design even more ferocious and imaginative robots for the future. It’s a great day for BattleBots, and we’re delighted to have such a supportive partner as Discovery. Since BattleBots started 21 years ago, I’ve always dreamed that Vegas would be the ideal permanent home for the sport. Now thanks to Discovery and Caesars we’re achieving that goal.”

Chris Cowan, head of unscripted TV at producer Whalerock Industries, said: “The best builders in the world, the best robot combat action, the most talented production and broadcast teams, the best platform partners in Discovery, and now the perfect host in Vegas—what’s not to love about this deal? Our fans will go bonkers! The most entertaining combat sport on the planet is thriving.”