StarCraft 2 Players, Meet Your Google AI Overlords

Ceria Alfonso
Julio 12, 2019

The initiative has been launched as part of ongoing research by DeepMind that will assess AlphaStar's performance for scientific goal. You'll have to opt-in to matches against the AI, but once you do all the normal matchmaking rules apply - AlphaStar will just be another anonymous player on the ladder capable of playing any race, and your MMR will be affected as normal based on the results of the match. The wins and losses players experience while facing off against AlphaStar still count towards their standings the same as if it were a human. Today Blizzard Entertainment, the American video game developer and publisher behind the StarCraft series, announced that AlphaStar will join the competitive ladder in Europe on the online gaming platform Battle.net, where it will play a limited number of games against human players. DeepMind explained in a Q&A session released today by Blizzard that they are disguising AlphaStar in the hope that this will allow its games to proceed as a normal 1v1 ladder match would.

A cutting-edge AI from DeepMind will be playing the game anonymously in public matches.

In 2017, the AI from DeepMind famously beat humanity's top player in the Chinese game of Go. This will help ensure that all games played against the super-powered AI are being played under the same conditions. "You can alter your opt-in selection at any time by using the "DeepMind opt-in" button on the 1v1 Versus menu". In December, the AI dominated a pair of top-ranked StarCraft players.

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DeepMind trained AlphaStar by first teaching it to emulate human players from previously recorded StarCraft matches.

Still, AlphaStar's prowess has come under scrutiny, not all of it good. To balance the contests, AlphaStar's game perception will be restricted to a camera-like view. It is going even to have tighter restrictions imposed on its actions per minute and per second than it did in its January matches.

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