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12.05.03

BBCi
TV ENTERTAINMENT


BBC launches FightBox
A 21st century sport and the TV show for the gaming generation

On 25 May, BBCi launches the FightBox website - www.bbc.co.uk/fightbox - giving you the chance to shape the most innovative gladiatorial contest to be seen on TV.

FightBox logo


FightBox is a co-commission that will premier in September on BBC THREE and will follow on BBC TWO.


FightBox leads the way in bringing together the web, computer games and TV audiences in a new entertainment format.


New studio and gaming technology means that FightBox will be a unique gladiatorial contest combining virtual characters in a live arena with the audience determining the content of the programme.


Using the FightBox software, available via the BBCi website www.bbc.co.uk/fightbox, contestants will be able to design and build their own virtual warriors on their PCs from hundreds of specified components.


Using downloads from the website, they can train their creations and upload their scores onto the leaderboard.


The top players will be entered into the TV show where, using new studio technology, the virtual warriors - controlled by their makers - will slug it out in a huge arena, surrounded by a live studio audience.


Vesuvius, one of the house Sentients
The viewer at home and the studio audience will then watch these monstrous gladiators in action as they compete in games of skill and combat against each other and the FightBox house warriors called Sentients.


The ultimate winner will become the FightBox Champion and their warrior will be made one of the house Sentients.


 


Step One - Creating a virtual warrior


To create a virtual warrior, contestants can download the FightBox warrior construction kit – the FightKit – which is only available from the BBCi website - www.bbc.co.uk/fightbox.


They can either modify a pre-existing warrior design or build one from scratch using the hundreds of components and body parts.


Players are then required to take their virtual warrior through a series of training exercises. Warriors can be trained as much as players like and this can be done without being connected to the internet.


Step Two - Best of the best


Once they have perfected their creation, players can download a series of training programmes from www.bbc.co.uk/fightbox and put their creation through a number of tests to hone their skills and strengths.


Scores for their level of agility and ability can be uploaded to the FightBox leaderboard.


They can also chat with other FightBox users via the messageboards on the site.


Kodiak - a house SentientStep Three - Let battle commence


From the leaderboard, the top players will be chosen to compete in the TV programme to be shown in the Autumn.


Using new studio technology, the warriors - controlled by their makers - will be constructed for real where they will slug it out in the FightBox arena, surrounded by a live studio audience.



The viewer and the studio audience will then watch these monstrous warriors competing against the FightBox Sentients and one another as they go through the eliminator stages and battle to become the Fightbox Champion.


The winner will have their creation given the status of Sentient.


Notes to Editors


The FightBox press pack is available here, in PDF format. You may require Adobe Acrobat Software to read PDF files which can be obtained here.


FightBox press pack (35 KB)


All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 BBC radio networks.


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