Japan and the U.S. are going to war and the weapon of choice? Giant battling robots.
Japanese robotics firm Suidobashi Heavy Industries this month accepted a challenge from U.S. rival MegaBots for a duel next year between their human-piloted giant robots armed with cannons that shoot giant paintballs at speeds of over 100mph.
There are no concrete details on what a robot would have to do to win or lose the fight, but the founder of MegaBots is convinced that it could kick off a sports league and a billion-dollar sport.
"In terms of the revenue and how big it can be, I think the sky is the limit. I believe that the MegaBots league that we're building will become one of the top three sports in the World within 10 years in terms of global audience, revenue, and engagement," Brinkley Warren, co-founder of Megabots, told CNBC by email.
"The MegaBot league which will be similar to the World Cup of giant human-piloted robots, and that's where I think it gets really exciting."
In a video released earlier this year, the U.S. team showed off their 12,000 pound Megabot Mark II and issued a challenged to Suidobashi. The Japanese rival responded in a video with their 9,000 pound Kurata.