MegaBots Inc. is an American startup company headquartered in Hayward, California that creates giant robots and real-world mecha for robotic sports competitions. In June 2015, MegaBots challenged Japan-based Suidobashi Heavy Industry to the world's first giant robot duel. Suidobashi accepted the challenge on the condition that the fight include melee combat. In August 2015, MegaBots announced plans to upgrade its Mark II robot with melee capabilities by raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign and partnering with Howe and Howe Technologies, NASA, and IHMC.
MegaBots was originally co-founded by Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein, and Andrew Stroup in Somerville, Massachusetts mid-2014 with the vision to start an international robot fighting league.  In early 2015, the company re-located the headquarters to Hayward, CA, which included the departure of Andrew Stroup (to help run the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows) and the addition of Brinkley Warren as a late-addition co-founder. The company raised a seed round of $3.85M dollars from investors including Autodesk, DCM, Maveron, Azure Capital, and AME Cloud Ventures. The company announced that the Mk.III robot will be premiered at Maker Faire Bay Area and that the first MegaBots match will take place in August 2017 and will be broadcast via the MegaBots YouTube Channel. Season 1 of MegaBots web series premiered at Techcrunch Disrupt 2016, and it follows the progress of the team as they upgrade the Mark II robot to take on the Kuratas. The company won Best in Show at the 2017 LAUNCH Startup Festival and announced a total subscriber base of more than 250k, 20million+ video views, $29billion press mentions,and an advertising equivalency value of $270M, which is one third of the brand value of the Transformers franchise during the period since MegaBots was founded. The company also announced its plans to launch spin-offs of the MegaBots entertainment brand in verticals such live events, sponsorship, TV/Digital, and merchandising.
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