At the time of writing, presenters Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon had yet to comment on the news.
Fans and previous contestants the show were quick to tweet their disappointment, although many were also using the hashtag #BringBackRobotWars and calling on Netflix and Amazon Prime to take the newly-cancelled show:
We're getting lots of messages from young fans saying @UKRobotWars inspired them so much. This is what the show is all about and it's a shame the decision from @BBC will slow this down. But it won't stop us and the rest of the teams!
This is a real disappointment, to the many fans to us roboteers and to the team behind the show. It’s a show that encourages STEM involvement and is the starting point for many an engineer of the future.
I’ve got no words other than expressing just how much of a mistake this is.
Noooo 🙁 #BringBackRobotWars I hope the decision wasn't based upon live viewing figures. As some scheduling moron pitted Robot Wars head to head with Blue Planet 2. Why put STEM shows on at the same time? @AmazonUK want to show the BBC up again, I have an idea…
I think the @BBC is really undervaluing the outreach to young engineers @UKRobotWars brings. Yet another poor decision from the corporation that is struggling to understand how it fits in modern media. #BringBackRobotWars