This Year’s Game: FIRST Power Up


FIRST Power Up is a game based loosely on a theme of 8-bit video games. Think Pac-Man, Frogger, Q-Bert, and Mario Brothers.  The robots work to move playing pieces, the Power Cubes, around the field to activate various features, the Scale and the switches. Unlike previous games, the pieces don’t earn points upon placement,  but are used to operate the field features. Points are scored by operating the field features and accumulate every second so long as they remain activated. Tipping the switch or scale towards your alliance’s colored end gives the alliance ownership of that feature. Maintaining ownership of the field features is the goal.

Additional points are achieved behind the scenes by the human player placing power cubes into the Vault behind the drivers station. The cubes earn 5 points each, but also perform other strategic functions.

The end game consists of the robots Facing the Boss by positioning themselves on the platform at the base of the scale at the end of the match. Climbing off a bar to raise the robot off the ground earns a bonus as well.

Teams progress through the elimination rounds earning ranking Points. Performing a successful autonomous routine earns an alliance one ranking point. Winning gives the winning alliance two ranking points, or  a tie give both alliances one RP. A successful “Face the Boss” is an additional RP. Alliances can win up to four ranking points per match and doing so will move a team up the rankings quickly.

The details of the 2018 game were fully disclosed on January 6, 2018. Watch the full game reveal broadcast here.

Skip straight to the Game Animation below.  

This page contains frequently updated links to various resources about the game.

You may also find the Field Tour Videos Playlist on YouTube helps to explain the game as well.


Watch FIRST Power Up Live Online

Many FIRST Power Up Regional and District competitions are webcast as they happen each week from February 28 through April 14. The competitions are usually shown on Friday and Saturday, although some 2-day competitions are Thursday and Friday. A list of all competitions can be found here.

The Championships are broadcast, as well, Houston on April 18-21 and  St. Louis on April 25-28.

The official FIRST Webcasts can be seen here on and on

Many competitions that are not listed on the above broadcasts are independently provided. The Blue Alliance GameDay aggregates all the video feeds that they know about in a convenient multi-panel system that lets you watch several at once. This is our preferred way to watch!

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