game history

RoboForge 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 it RoboForge.

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.



darren green
mike ward
hugh calveley

Lynden Kyrby
young ly
steve salmond

james stewart
aryan gill
andrew higgins