DeepMind's ‘Starcraft II’ AI will play public matches

StarCraft 2 Players, Meet Your Google AI Overlords

StarCraft 2 Players, Meet Your Google AI Overlords

Google will now enter its AlphaStar into a Starcraft II European competitive ladder in the near future where it will essentially be going undercover to battle against human opponents.

The experiment is a part of DeepMind's "ongoing scientific research into artificial intelligence", and the results will eventually be released in a peer-reviewed scientific paper. The AI will play anonymously, so human players won't know when they're facing it, and wins and losses against AlphaStar will impact MMR the same way as they do against humans. If players knew they were playing against an AI they would play differently, this way the results will stay unaffected.

In an official blog post, Blizzard has announced that AlphaStar will play a series of 1v1 matches on a blind trial basis in Europe against human players.

A cutting-edge AI from DeepMind will be playing the game anonymously in public matches. Players start the game with a number of basic worker units and can collect resources to develop units, structures, technologies and capabilities to help them defeat enemies.

In 2017, the AI from DeepMind famously beat humanity's top player in the Chinese game of Go. "You can alter your opt-in selection at any time by using the "DeepMind opt-in" button on the 1v1 Versus menu", Blizzard said.

Experimental versions of AlphaStar will be pitted against players via the regular matchmaking rules, however, DeepMind has not revealed the frequency at which players will get to play against the AI.

Still, AlphaStar's prowess has come under scrutiny, not all of it good. "All limits on AlphaStar's performance were designed in consultation with pro players", the company added. (AlphaStar's game perception was similarly restricted to camera view when 26 year-old Polish gamer Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz managed the only human victory during the last human vs StarCraft showdown.) DeepMind has also restricted AlphaStar's actions per minute (APM) and actions per second.

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