is a video game released in 2001 by Liquid Edge Ltd, a small company
mainly created to develop and sell this game. The company's founder,
Darren Green, was inspired by the well known Robot Wars (TV series). He
noticed that Robot Wars was an interesting game, but the cost of a real
bot and the know-how required restricted drastically its spread, so he
decided to virtualize Robot Wars concepts into a new PC game, calling
RoboForge introduced an innovative concept: build your own robot (also
called "bot" or "bots") on a limited virtual cost budget, then enter it
into an arena with one other robot and run a full 3D robot battle until
a robot's CPU or chassis is destroyed or time is called.
Liquid Edge announced the game in July, 2000 and then released the first version on May 23, 2001.
From 2001 to 2003 Liquid Edge ran RoboForge tournaments: amateur
tournaments with no entry-fee and no prizes; and pro tournaments with a
5.00 USD entry-fee and prizes.
Unfortunately, the cost of running the server plus the pro tournament
prizes had a negative net income to RF. Liquid Edge was paying out more
money than they were taking in for entry fees. They were only getting
money from people buying the game which just was not enough to generate
a profit from it.
Last "pay to enter" tournament was run in 2003.
After a few years of silence, in September 2006, the directors and
shareholders of Liquid Edge released the source code and server into
the hands of the Roboforge community.
From July 2008 RoboForge became a registered Open Source project
and it is now possible to download the game, build bots and enter them
into amateur tournaments for free.