Bad news, Monsoon, Beta and Sabretooth have dropped out due to being unable to travel to the US.
“In order for European teams to fly to the USA during the pandemic, production had applied for NIE VISAs on our behalf. Unfortunately (for reasons unknown to us or BattleBots), our NIE applications were turned down by the state department. We suspect the rise in cases from the Delta Covid variant had a large part in this.
As a result, we are not able to attend BattleBots 2021. I am sure you can all imagine; we are completely gutted. Apart from the financial cost of building a combat robot, nearly two years of our lives have gone into developing this version of Monsoon. It’s an unprecedented situation that no one expected - our robot is in its crate, sitting at the venue, but we are simply not able to get there. BattleBots have looked into every other way possible to get us into the country - but unfortunately there is nothing more that can be done.
We’d like to wish all teams attending the very best, we know it’ll be a fantastic show and we can’t wait to see it!
We’d also like to thank our fans for sticking by us the last couple of years. It’s been a long road for us, and even though we’re not quite there yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel - we’ve already got our spot reserved for next season! #thirdtimesthecharm”