What OpenAI Victory in Dota 2 Means for the Future of eSports

Dota 2 - OpenAI Blog

Over the past week, our bot was undefeated against many top professionals including SumaiL (top 1v1 player in the world) and Arteezy (top overall player in the world).

The bot made its global debut at The worldwide, the largest esports tournament in the world with a prize pool of $24 million. The AI "feels a little like [a] human, but a little like something else", Dendi said.

Dota 2 has had computer-controlled algorithms that can play against human players for years, but their programming is relatively rudimentary.

The next big step for the project is to create a team of five that can compete against a full squad at next year's worldwide, according to OpenAI.

The Artificial Intelligence, as created by OpenAI, learned the gameplay all by itself, from the scratch. The company's name is appropriate because it's a great comparison to what we're used to seeing in games, which is narrow, or limited AI.

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As its Chairman Elon Musk had tweeted, competitive e-Sports are more complex than traditional board games like Chess & Go.

"This bot isn't like anything you've ever played against". It doesn't have the ability to adapt beyond what it already knows. By playing itself, it always has a worthy opponent, he said.

An AGI is different though. Although AI's action-per-minute was found to be in comparison to the average human player skill level, it was able to slowly able to learn from the mistakes and develop intuitive skills to beat even the best in the game. Neural networks can process data millions of times faster than we can, so they have the potential to master tasks that would take us years in a much shorter time. Right now, AI may not be a global menace to society - but it's certainly terrifying in a Dota 2 match.

However, Skynet isn't coming yet. The software was able to defeat Dendi, one of the top performing Dota 2 players.

A video introduction for the bot showed various (human) Dota 2 players sharing their opinions on bots.

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