Robotica @ Comicpalooza


Mark Elam :

Houston Area Combat Robotics presents, in cooperation with Innovation Spark and Texas' largest pop culture festival, Robotica @ Comicpalooza! 2 full days of vicious and entertaining robot combat featuring competitors from around the entire country fighting it out in front of tens of thousands of convention goers at the largest event in the southwest! For the first time in 20 years, there will be a Robotica champion as bots from the biggest behemoths to the smallest scuttlers fight it out at an event with stakes unlike any other. Robotica is guaranteed to be the largest competition in Texas in nearly a decade and a half!

The Place:

George R. Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida de las Americas

Houston, TX 77010

We should have a table set up for you, along with chairs. There will be a dedicated charging area for batteries. If you want to bring more chairs, we recommend it.

The convention center is located directly across from the Hilton Americas - Houston and Marriott Marquis - Houston, both of which have connecting walkways to the venue itself. We are still working on getting discounted hotel fees for competitors and updates will be made both here and via email.

The Arenas:

Heavyweight Sportsman, Featherweight, Hobbyweight Arena: 16ft x 32ft, no pits.

Beetleweight, Antweight Arena: 6ft x 6ft, no pits.

Fairyweights: 4ft x 4ft, has corner pits.

The Fights and Tournaments:

Fights in all weight classes will be 3 minutes.

Heavyweight Sportsman, Featherweight, Hobbyweight tournament: Classes will compete in a double elimination tournament to decide the respective champions in their weight classes. If time permits on Sunday, grudge matches, rumbles, and/or other special exhibitions may occur. If fights do not end in a knockout, judges will judge accordingly. Standard SPARC judging rules apply.

Beetleweight, Antweight, Fairyweight tournament: All weight classes will compete in a double elimination tournament to determine the champion and each class will have judges. Every robot will be guaranteed a minimum of 2 fights. Standard SPARC judging rules will apply.

The tournaments will have cash prizes for the winners. Prizes from sponsors will be announced as they are made available.

Entry Fees:

250lb Heavyweight Sportsman: $150

30lb Featherweight: $100

12lb Hobbyweight: $75

3lb Beetleweight: $40

1lb Antweight: $30

150g/5.3oz Fairyweight: $20

Please note that in addition to the above entry fees, each team member will need a weekend pass from Comicpalooza in order to be able to compete. A discount code has been made available to all Robotica teams. Please use the code ROBOTICA when buying passes here. As a suggestion, we encourage all teams purchase their badges as soon as possible in order to minimize team costs.


Safety and Rules:

Weigh-in and safety checks will take place FRIDAY, JULY 15, from 12PM to 8PM. Pit access opens up FRIDAY, JULY 15, at 10AM.

All robots from 150g to 3lbs will be run through safety and weigh-in before being approved to compete, and must comply with the SPARC Robot Construction Specifications, latest revision. 12-250lb robots will need to comply with the Robot Ruckus version of the SPARC rules for 250lb heavyweight sportsman* robots. If you are competing with a heavyweight sportsman robot, we recommend that you make sure your robot is in compliance with the latest edition of the BattleBots rules, but want to make clear it is not mandatory to compete. Please note that flame weapons are not allowed at this event. Additionally, there is no active weapon requirement for this event in any weight class.

*clarification: “sportsman” in the context of the 250lb class means robots may not have kinetically destructive spinning weapons (spinning bars, spinning discs, etc). Weapons such as sawblades or tires replacing spinner mechanisms are perfectly acceptable, and spinning weapons may be acceptable if they are spun at a low enough speed to be approved by the event organizer.

Combat Time:

Fights will tentatively take place during Comicpalooza as follows:

Sat: 10am-8pm

Sun: 10am-5pm

Fights will be run in multiple weight classes at the same time. We will do our best to prevent time conflicts across weight classes, but they may be unavoidable. Teams will be responsible for getting their own food and drink at the event.


Please use this link to get a hotel at the best possible price for the event. These hotels are the ones we have convention discounts for through Comicpalooza.


If you have any current questions regarding the event, feel free to contact us at and one of our team will get back with you as soon as possible. We are also still looking for donations to help cover anything as needed - our donation link is here.

Location: 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010, USA


From: July 15, 2022 to July 17, 2022

Begin: 10:00

End: 17:00

Registration: February 27, 2022 - July 08, 2022