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Updated CSGO bot framework paves the way for super smart AI

Published: 17/Sep/2019 4:28 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 4:43

by Andrew Amos


Valve has released an update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive today to implement a new bot decision making framework, and it could pave the way for super smart AI to take over the popular FPS.

‘Bot’ is usually used as a derogatory term in gaming. New players are encouraged to learn games by playing against the game’s designated AI on a low-level, while at higher competitive levels, calling someone the term is an insult to their ability in game.

However, the bots are looking to revolt, and CS:GO is its next target. Valve has implemented a new framework to help make their bots in Deathmatch matchmaking smarter, and it could revolutionise the meaning of them in gaming.

ValveThe new bot framework in CS:GO might lead to a complete AI takeover of the game.

In their September 16 release notes, Valve noted the small change to their AI framework that could change the way bots are perceived in CS:GO.

“Updated deathmatch bots with an experimental decision framework based on behavior trees,” the list stated.

The impact of the change has been felt already, according to some members of the Counter-Strike community. No longer are they just characters mindlessly walking around the map – the bots can actually put up a consistent fight against human opponents.

StarLadderIt would be interesting to see how a team like Astralis fared against a team of super smart bots.

User ‘iTzR4nger’ said that “using AI to improve bots is actually very good and can make deathmatch more fun and difficult,” while ‘Wintermute1v1’ noted the bots “play much more reactively and similar to real players.”

This might make warming up in matchmaking Deathmatch a lot nicer, as an empty server will still be filled with worthy opponents. It might not replace a closed Deathmatch server for now, but who knows in the future.

While it’s only a small change to matchmaking, AI in other games have started to take on pro players and thrash them.

In Dota 2, developer OpenAI made their own bot system, OpenAI Five, based off machine learning. OpenAI Five managed to take down TI8 champions OG in a best-of-three, and maintained a 99.4% winrate over 7,257 games against human opponents online.

ValveTwo-time Dota 2 International champions OG lost to OpenAI in an exhibition match this April.

Over in Starcraft II, Google’s DeepMind smashed pro players Dario “TLO” Wünsch and Grzegorz “MaNa” Komincz in 5-0 sweeps, before hitting the ranked ladder under the name ‘AlphaStar’. The bot has an estimated MMR of over 7,000, putting it at the peak of Starcraft’s ranked system.

While Valve hasn’t looked to push their AI against the pros just yet, they’ve implemented the framework to look towards such a thing in the future. For now though, players will be able to test how the new bots work in any Deathmatch lobby.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.