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From Up in Flames to the Final Eight: Our Partner RioBotz’s Inspiring Bid for the BattleBots World Championship Crown Continues

Daniel Freitas, RioBotz Minotaur driver

Our favorite fighting robot might have started the BattleBots season in flames, but it’s been on fire ever since. So much so, our partner RioBotz and Perficient’s Minotaur have landed in the final eight of the 2021 World Championship and have a good shot at winning the highly coveted Giant Nut.

Minotaur takes on Witch Doctor this Thursday, April 7 at 8pm ET on Discovery in the first round of season finale. The show will start with eight bots and end with one crowned the champion.

Minotaur’s only loss so far this season occurred against Sawblaze in the season debut. And even though Minotaur literally ended up in flames, the mighty bot’s incredible strength and endurance continued throughout the entire match and impressed everyone, including the commentators and especially our colleagues. Minotaur’s steadfast resilience and stamina have certainly driven a highly successful season – all the way to the most recent win against reigning champ End Game in an epic battle that commentators called an “instant classic.”

Minotaur’s BattleBots Season 6 rundown so far:

  • Loss – a fiery battle that went to Sawblaze
  • Win – slayed the Dragon Slayer
  • Win – sent Deep Six flying – TKO
  • Win – compromised Bloodsport’s weapon
  • Win – ended defending 2020 World Champion End Game’s chance for the crown

BattleBots shared part of Minotaur’s exciting match against End Game via an Instagram video:


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And Discovery shared a brief recap via a tweet:

Our colleagues were watching it all and celebrated the epic win:

“Some expert maneuvers on display – recovering from hits to get away from trouble and pummeling End Game to neutralizing its weapons!! Go Minotaur!! What a thrilling win!!” — Sathya Raman, managing director

“Keeping End Game pinned against the hammer was awesome!” — Melinda Schmidt, solutions architect

“Absolutely fantastic!!!” — Liza Sisler, director, marketing

“Hard-fought battle. Can’t wait for the next bout!” — Blake Edler, lead technical consultant

No matter the outcome of this Thursday’s BattleBots season finale, it’s safe to say that RioBotz and Minotaur have been a constant source of inspiration to our colleagues.

And in the end, perhaps BattleBots said it best in this tweet after Minotaur’s victory over End Game:

Don’t miss what’s sure to be an exciting BattleBots 2021 World Championship season finale on Thursday, April 7 at 8pm ET on Discovery. We’ll be watching and cheering for RioBotz and Minotaur to take it all the way!

(Photo Credit: Photo provided by RioBotz)


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Kristin Brashares

Kristin Brashares serves as Digital Senior Marketing Manager at Perficient and is a proud member of the Women in Tech ERG.

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