MegaBots Inc. isn't content to simply face Japan in a giant-robot battle -- oh, no. The Oakland, California-based startup wants to take real-life mecha match-ups worldwide with a sci-fi sports league.
Think Ultimate Fighting Championship, only with oversize, gas-powered piloted robots.
To that end, TechCrunch reports the company has secured $2.4 million in seed money, and will work with Latham & Watkins partner Christopher D. Brearton, who represents not only the International Olympic Committee but also the NBA.
So, where does that leave Team USA vs. Team Japan? Oh, it's not going anywhere! As MegaBots announced recently, modifications continue on its 12,000-pound, 15-foot MegaBot Mark II so it will be in fighting shape for the showdown with Suidobashi Heavy Industry's 13-foot-tall Kuratas. (MegaBots raised more than $554,000 last year in a Kickstarter campaign to pay for the upgrades.)
Now we just have to wait for MegaBots and Suidobashi to get together to announce a date and venue for the giant-robot fight of our anime dreams.