The World Cup for Robots, cleverly dubbed RoboCup, has come a long way since its inaugural tournament 17 years ago. The 2014 championship launched at the end of June at the Poeta Ronaldo Cunha Lima Convention Center in João Pessoa, Brazil. FIFA fans still straggling in the tropical country may find reason to stick around a little longer to watch contestants from more than 45 countries participate.
Ranging in size and ability, the players in the World Cup for Robots are not only impressively skilled but utterly adorable. As though from a scene in a Pixar film, the battle on the field in ways that are even more exciting than human games. Of course, this tournament offers multiple awards for various robot categories.