Six miniature robots—three black and three striped red-and-white—are placed on the either side of a small green space. This space, 18 by 12 feet in size, resembles a football ground, with two goal posts and white demarcations. Four young men stand just off the edge of the ground, focussed hard on their phones. They are controlling their robots with their phones.
The referee blows his whistle and a jittery crowd, composed mostly of adolescents and young adults, goes crazy. The black robots, belonging to the United Academy Robotics Club (UARC), look swifter and smaller than the bulky and clumsy-looking robots from Virinchi College. UARC begins its attack but isn’t able to push through Virinchi’s weight.