Elon Musk's OpenAI Beats The Best Players At Dota 2

The bot made its global debut at The worldwide, the largest esports tournament in the world with a prize pool of $24 million. A bot created by the Elon Musk-backed nonprofit OpenAI defeated champion human player Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin in two back to back demonstration matches.

Although Dota 2 has had bots for years now, their skill level has always been below what a human player would encounter in public matchmaking.

It was a 1 vs 1 Dota 2 match in a controlled environment but the AI's success is still remarkable. The next step, Brockman added, was training the bot to play as five players at once, and take on a full team of professionals.

Dota is a five versus five multiplayer online battle arena game, or MOBA. The characters have different roles, like offense, defense, and support, but the deep complexity and number of variables mean human players are often able to play a single hero in dozens of different styles, strategies, and roles. Also, this has been the very first instance of an artificially intelligent system defeating world class players in an eSports competition.

Open AI's goal is to build safe artificial general intelligence. The prize? A free Shadow Fiend arcana. OpenAI stated that its AI had been performing at the championship and it has already defeated the Pakistan-based gamer Sumail (the world's best 1v1 player), and Arteezy (the world's overall top player).


In this style of play, OpenAI's bot is completely dominant. In the first game he was able to defeat the enemy within 10 minutes. "Uhhhh... nope", Dendi answered, distracted by yet another perfectly-timed attack.

Dendi later elaborated on Twitter that he found the bot "fun" and "challenging" to play against.

"Our bot is trained entirely through self play". OpenAI's bot, however, b no weaknesses in the few minutes the world watched it play at TI7. In the meantime, the company said it will soon let anybody play against the bot. Earlier this year, an AI built by Microsoft beat every level of the Ms. Pac-Man game - something no human player has ever achieved.

Then, Brockman said, it was time to put the bot to the test at The International, which is Dota 2's world championship. It's more of a sideshow, like a homerun derby in baseball.

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