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An A.I. is going head to head with some of the best Dota 2 players in the world

By John Law & Kenny Yeo - on 14 Aug 2017, 11:00am

An A.I. is going head to head with some of the best Dota 2 players in the world

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) has already beat some of the world's best human players at games like chess and Go. Now, we can add Dota 2 to that list.

At the recent The International 2017 Dota championship, OpenAI, which is an A.I. startup backed by Elon Musk, beat Dota 2 pro Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin in a live 1-vs-1 match. The match saw OpenAI and Dendi facing off the in the middle lane. A win is achieved when either side takes down a tower or gets two enemy kills.

For those unfamiliar with Dota 2, it is an incredibly complex game with a staggering 113 playable heroes, each with different abilities and stats. The main idea is to use these heroes to destroy your enemy's towers, with the ultimate objective being the destruction of either side's game-deciding entities, known as Ancients. To be a good player requires a deep understanding of the game and hero mechanics, as well as lots of practice. Needless to say, even the best Dota 2 players in the world aren't adept at using all of the heroes.

As the video shows, the bot was eerily human-like in some of its maneuvers and plays.  According to OpenAI's CTO Greg Brockman, the AI was trained by many lifetimes' worth of matches, and only a limited amount of coaching along the way.  

Earlier in the week prior to facing off Dendi, the OpenAI bot also beat other Dota 2 pros including SumaiL and Arteezy. The engineers behind OpenAI also said that the A.I. wasn't better than an average Dota 2 player in terms of actions-per-minute, but said that it could make better decisions in critical situations and moments of play.

With Dota 2 now off its check list, we think it's only a matter of time before the good people at OpenAI will set its A.I. on Overwatch next.

Source: Kotaku.