An OpenAI bot has beaten some of the world’s greatest Dota 2 players. The presentation introducing Elon Musk’s startup OpenAI bot came during the International esports tournament (TI7). Want to play Dota 2 but not sure where to begin? Here’s our list of the best Dota 2 heroes for beginners. "This bot isn’t like anything you’ve ever played against. We didn’t program it to understand the rules of Dota," says Greg from OpenAI, the team of researchers and engineers that developed the bot. "We just let it play lifetimes of 1v1 against itself, and coached it on what we thought was good or bad. And now, we want to see how it stacks up against the best players in the world." It’s easy enough to say "hey, we've created an AI which can beat the world's top Dota 2 pros", though, so in addition to a teaser video showing the AI caning Dota 2 elite players, TI7 also prepared a live match between the bot and pro gamer Danylo “Dendi” … [Read more...] about This AI bot just beat some of the best Dota 2 players in the world
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One hundred and sixty five pieces of equipment. Twenty nine bundles. Eight tools. Six couriers. That’s Dota 2’s store, right now. It’s quite an impressive haul, especially when you consider that the majority of all the items you can slap onto your favourite heroes right now are community made. But there’s one item that’s very much Valve’s own, and very much Important with that capital I. Because it’s you that needs to pay attention to the fact that, right now, you can buy Dota 2, and play it. The Early Access Bundle will set you back £25, giving you both early access to the beta (which was previously invite only), and also netting you just shy of £15 worth of items, ranging from a giant boar courier to some fancy bracers for Juggernaut. It’s certainly not a small amount of money to be paying for something that, by Valve’s own admission, is going to be free to play when it launches some time in the future, but the … [Read more...] about Is it worth paying for the Dota 2 early access bundle?
This article was originally published on GameSpot's sister site onGamers.com, which was dedicated to esports coverage.Team Acer's Zerg powerhouse Hostyn has been one of the most revered StarCraft 2 players in the world since her breakout performance at IPL4 in Las Vegas nearly a year and a half ago. After suffering injuries to her wrist in early 2013, Hostyn struck back with impressive performances at the WCS Season 2 America and Season Finals, cementing her as the best non-Korean player in the world along with Swede Johan 'NaNiwa' Luchessi. Now after missing BlizzCon and under-performing at HomeStory Cup 8, Hostyn looks to finish the year on a high note, as next year's future is quite uncertain. onGamers: You said that travel impacts your play, how do you feel going into Redbull Battlegrounds after flying from HomeStory Cup?Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn: I got sick last week from a lot of travel, but after that I'm fine I guess. I just got here yesterday and it's a six hour time … [Read more...] about Scarlett looks for redemption at Redbull Battlegrounds NYC
Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm may share traits with real-time strategy game Starcraft II, but director Dustin Browder has described the game's experience as more closely aligned with that of World of Warcraft.While most multiplayer online battle arena games follow a single similar layout for their maps, Browder, in an interview with GameSpot, explained that Blizzard was taking a different approach in Heroes of the Storm. He described each battleground as "its own unique experience, much closer to a World of Warcraft experience as opposed to a Starcraft experience. We're really trying to do something that is different enough that helps us draw our own audience."Browder went on to explain why Blizzard decided to label Heroes of the Storm a brawler game as opposed to a MOBA, saying "one of the things we wanted to emphasise in the game was a lot of action. We felt like it captured the essence of what we're trying to create, a game where you jump in with your friends and battle it out with … [Read more...] about Blizzard Says Heroes of the Storm Is “Much Closer to a World of Warcraft Experience”
If you think you're good at video games you may want to pushing, because it might just earn you the same gold medal that made Lebron James jump around like a fairy.A petition on TorchForGaming.org pushes for gaming to be adapted as a competitive sport in the Olympics. You might already be raising an eyebrow—or half of your unibrow—but the petition has already been signed by over 2,000 people from all over the world.The competitive side of gaming has evolved tremendously over the past decade. 10 years ago Counter-Strike 1.6 was the boss in town with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes at tournaments such as CPL. These days, hardcore gamers can make a living off of action RTS games such as League of Legends and the upcoming Dota 2. In South Korea, StarCraft II can be seen on cable television, and is arguably the most popular sport in the country.It might sound nuts, but tournament-level gaming requires a lot of intelligence, communication, and dexterity. Oh, and that … [Read more...] about Petition With Worldwide Support Pushes For eSports To Join Olympics