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OpenAI Controlled Dota 2 Bots Demolish Team of Former Professional Players

Published: 7/Aug/2018 14:59

by Calum Patterson

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The bot technology of OpenAI has reached a point where it can now destroy a team of highly skilled, former professional, Dota 2 players – in a match that wasn’t even close.

Just recently, OpenAI showed off that it’s system was intelligent enough to face off against human opposition, learning and exploring the many complexities of Dota 2 at a rapid rate compared to the human mind.

But whether it could use tactics and co-ordination to the point where it could actually defeat skilled players was another matter altogether, until now.

OpenAI bots played a match (with some significant alterations) against current pro player David “MoonMeander” Tan, former pros Ben “Merlini” Wu, William “Blitz” Lee and Ioannis “Fogged” Lucas and caster Austin “Capitalist” Walsh.

The first game was a humbling for Team Human, as they failed to destroy even one of Team Bots towers. Game Two was similarly one-sided, although the humans did manage to at least take one tower.

Miraculously in game three the humans did manage to win, but it was a grind to pull off and they were already left demoralized by their crushing defeat. As Capitalist put it “never felt more useless in my life”.

It is important to note that the game had to be adjusted for the bots somewhat, with the following restrictions in place: 

  • 18 heroes (Axe, Crystal Maiden, Death Prophet, Earthshaker, Gyrocopter, Lich, Lion, Necrophos, Queen of Pain, Razor, Riki, Shadow Fiend, Slark, Sniper, Sven, Tidehunter, Viper, or Witch Doctor)
  • No summons/illusions, No Scan, No Divine Rapier, No Bottle
  • 5 invulnerable couriers, no exploiting by scouting or tanking

Regardless, the OpenAI victory is incredible impressive, even more so because only a matter of months ago it was failing to beat amateur opposition.

The ability to learn is the technology’s most impressive feat, as decision making, when to be aggressive and when to be passive, and general ability to co-ordinate against a somewhat unpredictable human opponent, are all being learnt the more the AI ‘matures’.

Next up for OpenAI will be to take on one the best players in the world at The International 8, in September. There, OpenAI bots will face the winning team, for its biggest challenge yet.

You can watch the full match between OpenAI’s and the former pros below.

Watch OpenAI Five Benchmark from OpenAI on www.twitch.tv

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DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney

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There certainly won’t be any shortage of prize money at DOTA 2’s The International in 2020, with a record-setting amount of over $40 million for the prize pool being accumulated.

The pinnacle of Dota 2 esports is one of the largest celebrations of the popular MOBA, and its record-setting prize pool is a big part of that. Valve usually contributes a baseline of $1.6 million to the pot with the rest coming from player purchases.

25% of all sales for applicable in-game items purchased from the Battle Pass also go into the reward, which has just passed another impressive milestone.

Close to a month after The International 10’s prize pool surpassed that of the 2019 competition’s roughly $33 million mark, it’s now surpassed the ridiculous sum of $40 million.

The International 2020 Prize Pool
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Not only is $40 million a record sum for DOTA events, it’s also a record for esports in general.

What’s even more impressive is how quickly fans and players managed to build up to such a staggering dollar amount. In 2019, the then-record breaking sum of $34.3 million was reached in about 110 days before the event began.

The International 10’s prize pool got to that record-breaking number in only 93 days, and reached the $40 million mark roughly a month later just as the Battle Pass ended.

It was clear shortly after the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, that we could very well be in store for another record-breaking year. On the first day of sales, the contribution from battle pass sales reached $6.5 million far above the previous first-day record of $5.8 million.

Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 2020 – $40,000,000+
  2. The International 2019 – $34,330,069
  3. The International 2018 – $25,532,177
  4. The International 2016 – $20,770,460.00
  5. The International 2015 – $18,429,613.05
  6. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019: Solo – $15,287,500.00

Source: Esports Earnings

Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool has absolutely smashed every previous year so far.

As you can tell from the above graph, the $40 million in prize money far exceeds the high point it’s reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s record-setting spectacle, which was also miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Obviously, not being able to physically travel to or watch the premier live event for DOTA 2 esports did little to nothing to dampen fan’s enthusiasm, and as a result, we now officially have a new world record for the largest prize pool at an esports event in history.