Bill Gates Celebrates "Huge Milestone" as Elon Musk Project Builds AI Bots that Can Defeat human Teams in Dota 2 - Dexerto

Bill Gates Celebrates “Huge Milestone” as Elon Musk Project Builds AI Bots that Can Defeat human Teams in Dota 2

Published: 29/Jun/2018 11:56 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Ross Deason


A nonprofit OpenAI research company, backed by the billionaire Elon Musk, has built a team of robots that can beat a team of humans on Dota 2 and Microsoft’s Bill Gates is a huge fan.

The idea of artificial intelligence might be a worrying one for anyone that has watched too many Terminator films, but research and development of the technology shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.


The list of things that various AI tools can do is growing on a daily basis and news about robots, or teams of robots, outperforming humans at various tasks seems to be becoming a regular occurance.

However, AI is still lagging behind human ability in some of life’s more complex tasks, especially when teamwork and real-time problem solving and learning is required.


That’s why everyone is so impressed by the news of a team of AI robots defeating a team of humans at one of the most complex MOBA games on earth, Dota 2.

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, is one of those people and on June 27th he took to Twitter to state that the win was a “big deal” because “their victory required teamwork and collaboration” which, in his words, is a “huge milestone”.

Dota 2 is one of the most popular MOBA games on the planet and the world’s best players compete for millions of dollars every year.


AI bots have previously beaten some of those top players in one versus one matches but this is the first time that a team of bots has managed to defeat a team of humans.

Christy Dennison, an Open AI machine learning engineer, has explained that the bots are currently playing against ameteur teams but the plan is to beat the best pro teams by the end of the year:

“This year, we want to beat the best pro teams at the full game. To do this, we have built a new AI system which we spent the last few months training […]

[…] We are now starting to play against amateur teams to test our skill and to our surprise, so far, we have won our first games against every team we have tested”.

The AI bots actually learn Dota by playing themselves and the “OpenAI Five” team is apparently able to play around 180 years of games every single day.


With practice hours like that, it sounds like even the world’s best teams will struggle to stay ahead of the AI movement for much longer.

More information on the OpenAI Five can be found in the video below.



Mazda follows BMW & Mercedes into esports with HellRaisers

Published: 19/Oct/2020 16:13

by Adam Fitch


The latest in a long line of automobile brands have entered esports, with Mazda establishing a partnership with Ukrainian organization HellRaisers.

Announced by HellRaisers on October 19, the partnership is said to be the first between a car manufacturer and an esports organization in Ukraine.


More specifically, the deal is with Mazda’s official distributor and brand importer in the nation, Auto International.

Automotive brands are nothing new in the space by now, with companies like BMW sponsoring the likes of Cloud9, G2 Esports, and Fnatic and Mercedes-Benz sponsoring League of Legends’ global esports events. However, this is the first official move into esports by Mazda — further signaling that the industry’s fan base is a prime demographic for such companies.

HellRaisers rebrandingHellRaisers unveiled a rebrand on August 5 that raised some eyebrows.

The partnership will see Mazda advertise through the organization’s “media activities,” which includes videos, content surrounding tournaments, and projects involving “opinion leaders of the car and esports industries.”

“Unlike the international practice, no car brand in Ukraine has ever collaborated with an esports organization,” said Tatiana Sheremet, Marketing and PR Manager of MAZDA’s official importer in Ukraine. “For a Ukrainian brand distributor, this is a unique project, and we’re very glad to see our brand become the first car partner and friend of an esports team in Ukraine.”

This deal is significant for HellRaisers after its rebrand on August 5 raised plenty of eyebrows in the community, something that the organization will have wanted to avoid. Keeping fans on board with a project is imperative to bring in sponsors and, subsequently, more money.


Other car brands that can be seen using esports as a means for marketing include Audi with Astralis Group, Honda with Riot Games’ LCS and Team Liquid, Haval with, McLaren with DragonX, and Kia with Riot Games’ LEC and Rogue.