The bot made its global debut at The worldwide, the largest esports tournament in the world with a prize pool of $24 million.
One of the best players in the world, which is entrusted to the standoff bot, was a Ukrainian nickname Dendi. “This guy is scary”, a shocked Dendi told the huge crowd watching the battle at the event. At the same time, he has already played in Dota 2 a greater number of parties than any other professional athlete. OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman said it took two weeks to train the bot, and it had previously beaten the world’s top 1v1 player and the overall top-ranked player in the world. Some of the biggest companies, such as Facebook and Google’s DeepMind, are racing to conquer games including StarCraft or Montezuma’s Revenge. It’s also an imperfect information game unlike chess or Go, where both players have access to the same information and are on equal footing. OpenAI is now working on a 5 on 5 bot as well.
OpenAI says the bot was trained on self-play-meaning it started knowing nothing about the game, slowly learning which techniques worked and which didn’t by playing a virtual version of itself.
Much as we’d hate to see our favourite teams get thrashed by a team of bots, it’s hard to pretend that we’re not excited at the prospect. It learns to predict its opponent’s movements and pick which strategies are best in unfamiliar scenarios.
The founder of Blue Origin, Elon Musk took to the Twitter and posted about a bot built by his nonprofit organization, OpenAI and also said that it has managed to beat several of the world’s best players at the video game, Dota 2. “AI should be too”.