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Artificial Intelligence In Games – Week 23

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17th August 2017

Football season is back!

Weekly Roundup!

Welcome to the weekly roundup, where we draw your attention to everything newsworthy in artificial intelligence in games! If you’ve found or shared something that you think belongs here, contact us on Twitter! Last issue, we spoke about a new NPC Skyrim mod and AI in graphics! You can find that here.

 

AI Fantasy Football Selector

This isn’t quite the game you’d expect to find in a Game AI weekly news article, but every year around August, fantasy football becomes incredibly popular. If you’re not familiar with it, the premise is that you are given £100 million in-game to create the ultimate team of football players. There are certain rules that make it difficult, including limits on the number of players per team, number of players per position and more! A group from Southampton University are entering a team selected by AI this year, over the past two seasons they have performed better than 3 million players. It hasn’t been easy though. It’s taken 5 years to train using semi-supervised techniques. What do you think though, does an AI selected team take the fun out of the game?

 

Open AI vs Dota 2

Out of nowhere, another game has been claimed by AI in the battle against humans and this week, that is Dota2. Or did it? In this article, the author gives a very fair and detailed analysis of the battle, with the AI being powered by researchers at OpenAI. On the surface, this triumph may appear to rival that of AlphaGO. However, when you consider some of the nuances involved in video games, all is not what it seems. For example, the bot had access to the Dota bot API, providing it with crucial information such as distance between players. Furthermore, this was simply a 1 on 1 match with professional human player Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin and not a traditional team game where greater strategy is demanded. Bot and player even used the same character! Was this a major success then? Musk seems to think so and tweeted about it once the event was over deeming these types of games as “vastly more complex than traditional board games”. Another game bites the dust. Maybe.

 

Tencent is Making lots of Money!

Tencent, the Chinese powerhouse, is making so much money from its game ‘Honour Of Kings’ that it can invest more money into AI – which the entire business could benefit from. Most game developers hope that their game may pay some of the rent, or support the costs of the next game, but few would believe they could make millions! The game involving Chinese historical characters has become so addicting that the company has had to limit game time! It’s no surprise that the company is doing so well, they also own other massively popular entities in Asia, including WeChat that boasts over 960 million users! Yet, the fact a game is playing such a massive part in a tech company, is brilliant.

Racing cars and AI appears to be all the rage at the moment!

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